Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins released their second depth chart of the year. While the depth chart is a fluid, ever-changing document right now, the fact that there were very few major changes to the chart from Week 1 to Week 2 of the preseason should let us get a better idea of who could be making the Dolphins 53-man roster this year.
Earlier this week, we took a look at the bubble players - the last five on the roster, and the first five off of it. Using that document, as well as the Dolphins depth chart, as guides (you'll notice I've already changed some of my bubble players) we can build our Phinsider prediction of the members of the Dolphins 53-man roster in Week 1 of the regular season.
Just a quick note, this is a prediction of the 53-man roster, not a prediction of the final depth chart.
Quarterback (3): Matt Moore, Ryan Tannehill, Pat Devlin
Running Back (4): Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, Steve Slaton, Lamar Miller
Wide Receiver (7): Legedue Naanee, Davone Bess, Julius Pruitt, Roberto Wallace, Brian Hartline, Clyde Gates, Rishard Matthews
Fullback (1): Jovorskie Lane
Tight end (4): Anthony Fasano, Charles Clay, Jeron Mastrud, Michael Egnew
Tackle (3): Jake Long, Lydon Murtha, Jonathan Martin
Guard (3): Richie Incognito, Artis Hicks, Nate Garner
Center (2): Mike Pouncey, Josh Samuda
TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS: 27
Defensive End (4): Jared Odrick, Derick Shelby, Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon
Defensive Tackle (3): Paul Soliai, Randy Starks, Tony McDaniel. Kheeston Randall
Linebacker (6): Karlos Dansby, Koa Misi, Kevin Burnett, Gary Guyton, Jason Trusnik, Austin Spitler
Cornerback (5): Sean Smith, Vontae Davis, Richard Marshall, Nolan Caroll, Jonathan Wade
Safety (4): Chris Clemons, Reshad Jones, Jimmy Wilson, Tyrone Culver
TOTAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS: 23
Kicker (1): Dan Carpenter
Punter (1): Brandon Fields
Long Snapper (1): John Denney
TOTAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS: 3
- Seven wide receivers is a lot, and I'm not sure that the Dolphins will carry seven, but I don't know who gets cut at this point.
- I really want to carry one more offensive lineman. I want to add Ray Feinga (or John Jerry if he can somehow lose about a person-and-a-half in weight over the next few weeks). If the Dolphins do cut a receiver from the seven I have, that would give back one spot for a lineman.
- I could also see Miami dropping Steve Slaton if it came down to needing an extra position. The Dolphins could go with Bush, Thomas, and Miller, with one or two running backs on the practice squad for depth.
- I don't like only having five corners, but with Jimmy Wilson as a reserve safety, and the ability to use him in an emergency situation, I will assume that risk to keep someone else on the roster.
Now it's your turn. Where am I messed up? Who do you think I should cut to keep someone else? Let us know in the comments below.