The Miami Dolphins informed wide receiver Michael Preston that they would be releasing him, according to the player's Twitter account:
Released from the Miami Dolphins today. DONT ask me how or why lol. Great Organization, Great Staff top to bottom. Thanks for the Opp!— Michael Preston (@BigMiiKE19) August 23, 2015
The move comes at an odd time, with the release happening a day after the team's second Preseason game and more than a week before the first roster cut deadline. It does open a roster spot for the club, if they are looking to sign someone, and it does allow Preston a chance to find another team before the third round of Preseason games and gives him a better chance of making another team's roster, but it was still a little surprising.
Preston had been impressive early in training camp this year, but only caught one pass for six yards in the team's two Preseason games. He was facing an uphill battle to make the team's 53-man roster, with Greg Jennings, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, and Rishard Matthews all ahead of him on the depth chart. Preston was thought to have a shot at being the sixth member of the group, but obviously will be looking for work elsewhere now.
(Plus, Preston was wearing jersey number 19, so I guess we all should have seen it coming...)