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2016 Dolphins depth chart: Breaking down Miami's roster X - Safeties

Part ten of our breakdown of the Miami Dolphins' roster and a projection of the depth chart for 2016.

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The Phinsider breakdown of the Miami Dolphins' 90-man roster, and how it might come together to form the team's 53-man regular-season roster and depth chart, continues this morning, turning now to the safeties. The day after the NFL announced Reshad Jones as the 64th best player in their Top 100 Players of 2016, safety feels like the right position to cover on the day.

Essentially, we are taking a look at the Dolphins' roster, attempting to project where the players currently under contract (or a rookie who has yet to sign a contract, or a player who is currently on the suspended list but expected to get reinstated) could fall between a starting position, a reserve position, on the roster bubble, on the practice squad, or cut. We have completed the first nine posts in the series, completing all of the offense and nearly all of the defense.

Part ten of our roster breakdown series now turns to the safeties.


Reshad Jones - 7th year
Isa Adul-Quddus - 5th year

Jones is on a mission to prove he is the best safety in the league - and it is a mission that should only benefit the Dolphins. Of course, he is starting that mission by skipping all of the team's voluntary events and expected to holdout during the mandatory minicamp and possibly training camp if he does not get a new contract. Jones is entering the penultimate season on his current deal, so Miami is not likely to be in a rush to renegotiate the contract. They will get a new deal done with Jones, but teams do not like to be strong-armed into negotiations with two years on a contract, because it sets a bad precedent; something will give eventually. Abdul-Quddus comes to Miami after starting eight games last year with the Lions, performing well enough that they tried to re-sign him only to see Miami swoop in and complete a deal with him. He should be installed immediately as the starter next to Jones.


Michael Thomas - 4th year
Walt Aikens - 3rd year

Thomas is working in the starters role with Jones skipping the workouts. He provides depth at cornerback as well, which is probably his natural position but he is really solid at safety as well. Aikens probably makes the roster as a depth safety, but more importantly for his special teams ability. He has proven to be a strong player in coverage on special teams, and the Dolphins will likely look to continue to use him in that role.

Bubble Watch

Shamiel Gary - 2nd year

Gary was promoted from the practice squad during the season last year, eventually playing six games with one start. He will have to beat out Aikens as a special teams player, but he could make the case for a roster spot, or possibly a practice squad position.

Practice Squad


The Rest

A.J. Hendy - Rookie (UDFA)

53-man roster prediction (48/53)

Quarterbacks (2)

Ryan Tannehill
Matt Moore

Running back (4)

Jay Ajayi
Kenyan Drake
Damien Williams
Daniel Thomas

Wide receiver (5)

Jarvis Landry
DeVante Parker
Kenny Stills
Leonte Carroo
Jakeem Grant

Tight ends (3)

Jordan Cameron
Dion Sims
Thomas Duarte

Offensive lineman (9)

Branden Albert
Laremy Tunsil
Mike Pouncey
Billy Turner
Ja'Wuan James
Sam Young
Jermon Bushrod
Dallas Thomas
Jamil Douglas

Defensive ends (6)

Cameron Wake
Mario Williams
Andre Branch
Terrence Fede
Chris McCain
Jason Jones (Updated after article)

Defensive tackles (4)

Ndamukong Suh
Earl Mitchell
Jordan Phillips
Chris Jones

Linebackers (6)

Jelani Jenkins
Kiko Alonso
Koa Misi
Neville Hewitt
Zach Vigil
Dion Jordan

Cornerbacks (5)

Byron Maxwell
Xavien Howard
Bobby McCain
Tony Lippett
Jordan Lucas

Safeties (4)

Reshad Jones
Isa Abdul-Quddus
Michael Thomas
Walt Aikens

Bubble Watch

Cleyon Laing - defensive end
Isaiah Pead - running back
Deandre Coleman - defensive tackle
Matt Hazel - wide receiver
Griff Whalen - wide receiver
Spencer Paysinger - linebacker
Jake Stoneburner - tight end
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - cornerback
Shamiel Gary - safety

Practice squad (9/10)

Brandon Doughty (rookie) - quarterback
Farrington Huguenin (rookie)- defensive end
Charles Tuaau - defensive tackle
Tyler Murphy - wide receiver
Rashawn Scott (rookie) - wide receiver
Mike Hull - linebacker
James Burgess (rookie) - linebacker
Gabe Hughes (rookie) - tight end
Ruben Carter (rookie) - guard/center