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Dolphins Depth Chart Bubble Watch: Where we stand after one week of camp

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This time last week I posted the first edition of the bubble watch. Since then, though, plenty has changed. The 53 man roster is starting to take shape - though some positions are still clearly wide open.

Remember here that the idea behind this isn't to nail down and predict the depth chart at each position. Instead, it is to help put together a possible 53-man roster. It's important to note that this is not how I predict the roster will look once the preseason comes to a close.  Instead, it's simply a snapshot that examines how Miami's 53-man roster might look if the cuts were to be done at this very moment.

Plenty could change between now and September, of course. But the depth chart has gotten a little clearer this week. So let's get to it.

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
Greg Camarillo
Patrick Turner
WR Brian Hartline
Davone Bess
TE Anthony Fasano Joey Haynos
John Nalbone
LT Jake Long
LG Donald Thomas
Cory Procter

C Jake Grove Joe Berger
RG John Jerry
Richie Incognito

RT Vernon Carey Nate Garner
1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
DE Kendall Langford Tony McDaniel
Charles Grant
NT Randy Starks
Paul Soliai
DE Jared Odrick
Marques Douglas
Ryan Baker
SOLB Koa Misi
Ike Alama-Francis
Quentin Moses
ILB Channing Crowder Tim Dobbins
ILB Karlos Dansby

WOLB Cameron Wake
Charlie Anderson
CB Sean Smith
Nolan Carroll
Jason Allen
CB Vontae Davis Will 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, John Nalbone, Ryan Baker, Charles Grant, Quentin Moses
First 5 Off: Lionel Dotson, Ryan Grice-Mullen, Kory Sperry, Pat White, Andrew Gardner
Next 5 Off: Erik Walden, Austin Spitler, J.D. Folsom, Chris McCoy, Andrew Hartline

Some notes on this, keeping in mind that this is very preliminary for now:

  • The most surprising event that could really change the above would be if one of the young potential returners prove to be too good to let go when they get their shots to return kicks during the preseason. That means guys like Tristan Davis, Taurus Johnson, or Marlon Moore could win a spot if they prove to be potentially elite return men. Otherwise look for some combination of Patrick Cobbs, Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, and Nolan Carroll to handle return duties.
  • If the Dolphins do look to keep a "return specialist" - a sixth receiver, for example, then they could go with just four outside linebackers or seven defensive linemen.
  • Some might think three inside linebackers is too few. But I figure the Dolphins will have at least one and possibly two (Spitler and Folsom) on the practice squad.
  • Pat White's days are numbered. Count on it. He better show a lot of improvement in the preseason.
  • I'm fairly confident that those are the nine offensive linemen that will make the final roster. But I have no idea who will start where. I just hope Tony Sparano figures it out soon so that the unit can start to gel.