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Dolphins Roster Bubble Watch: Camarillo trade shakes things up

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The big story on Wednesday was obviously the Dolphins' trade of Greg Camarillo, picking up cornerback Benny Sapp from Minnesota. But that wasn't the only roster move the Dolphins made yesterday. They also released veteran guard Randy Thomas just one week after signing him.

These moves really do nothing but create more questions. Did the Dolphins acquire Benny Sapp because they are worried about Will Allen's recovery from a knee clean-up procedure he had earlier this month? Are the Dolphins still going to look for offensive line depth? And who replaces Greg Camarillo at wide receiver?

Lots of questions - and at this point, not many sure answers. So let's take another crack at how the 53 man roster might look as of today.

1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team/4th Team
QB Chad Henne
Chad Pennington
Tyler Thigpen
RB Ronnie Brown Ricky Williams Patrick Cobbs/Lex Hilliard
FB Lousaka Polite
WR Brandon Marshall
Patrick Turner
Marlon Moore
WR Brian Hartline
Davone Bess
TE Anthony Fasano David Martin
Joey Haynos
LT Jake Long Lydon Murtha
LG Richie Incognito

C Jake Grove
Joe Berger
RG John Jerry
Donald Thomas

RT Vernon Carey Nate Garner
1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
DE Kendall Langford Charles Grant
Tony McDaniel
NT Randy Starks
Paul Soliai
DE Jared Odrick
Marques Douglas

SOLB Koa Misi
Ike Alama-Francis

ILB Channing Crowder Tim Dobbins
ILB Karlos Dansby
Austin Spitler
WOLB Cameron Wake
Charlie Anderson
CB Sean Smith
Nolan Carroll
Benny Sapp
CB Vontae Davis Will Allen
Jason Allen
S Yeremiah Bell Tyrone Culver
S Chris Clemons
Reshad Jones
1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
K Dan Carpenter
P Brandon Fields
LS John Denney

Last 5 On: Patrick Turner, Joey Haynos, Austin Spitler, Marlon Moore, Lydon Murtha
First 5 Off: Roberto Wallace, Lionel Dotson, Cory Procter, Nate Ness, Quentin Moses
Next 5 Off: Pat White, Andrew Hartline, Chris McCoy, Ryan Baker

The players highlighted are ones I consider "locks" to make the roster. I now have 40 locks - meaning I believe 13 roster spots are still up for grabs. However, injuries complicate this thing immensely. So let's dive right into it:

  • I don't think the Dolphins want to keep six cornerbacks. That's a lot - especially when I also have them carrying four safeties. But Will Allen's health makes this difficult to predict. I have Will listed as a "lock" for now. But that's assuming he is healthy enough to contribute by week two or three. I don't know how long Miami could manage keeping an injured Allen on the 53 man roster. So the Injured Reserve is not out of the question.
  • Nate Garner's health also creates headaches for this coaching staff. Garner is going to be out for at least the first three or four games of the regular season. Because of that, I wouldn't at all be surprised to see the Dolphins carry ten offensive linemen on the roster - at least until Garner is ready to play. If that is indeed the case, the Dolphins could look to create that roster spot by carrying nine defensive backs instead of the ten I have listed above. Again, that brings me back to Will Allen - who could land on IR depending on how he's recovering. Another option for the Dolphins could be to keep only three safeties - which would mean trying to sneak Reshad Jones through waivers and onto the practice squad.
  • Or the Dolphins could try carrying only four receivers, making room for a tenth offensive lineman until Garner is healthy. That would mean only one of the three bubble receivers - Patrick Turner, Marlon Moore, and Roberto Wallace - would make the team out of camp. The other two, of course, could land on the practice squad if this was the case.
  • Speaking of receivers, I wouldn't be surprised at all if only one of the three I named above make the 53 man roster and add their fifth receiver from outside the organization. The Dolphins are usually active on the waiver wire and have also been known to pluck players off of other teams' practice squads. So the Dolphins' fifth receiver might not even be on the roster right now. You never know.
  • Ever since last week's preseason game, Jake Grove has been working as the starting center in practice. So that's why I've bumped him up to first-team...for now. We'll likely know for sure by next week after the coaches evaluate Friday night's preseason game. But I'm banking on Grove getting the first crack with the starters tomorrow against Atlanta.