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Miami Dolphins training camp predictions of the 2017 53-man roster

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An early look at what the Dolphins’ roster could be when the regular season starts.

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The Miami Dolphins are settling into their training camp routine now, reaching the first padded day of practices on Saturday. While it is still extremely early in camp, with lots of practice time and four preseason games before the Dolphins coaching staff have to get the 90-man roster down to the regular season 53-man roster, it seems like a great time to take a shot at predicting the 53-man roster.

Some of these players are obvious - Ryan Tannehill, Jarvis Landry, Laremy Tunsil, Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake, Reshad Jones, et cetera - while some of them seem like nearly sure-bets, but there is at least a question mark there - Jakeem Grant?, Walt Aikens?, Brandon Doughty? - and then there are pure guesses where depth is needed - Trevor Reilly?. It is an exercise in trying to put together the best 53-man roster, and for the Dolphins, there are places where an extremely talented player is going to be left off the roster because the numbers just do not work out in his favor.

With all of that said, here is my (and I stress, “my” simply because there is nothing official about any of this, and I am sure there are going to be places where you as well as the other contributors here on The Phinsider will disagree with my choices) first prediction of the 53-man roster for the 2017 training camp.

Offense (24)

Quarterbacks (3)

Ryan Tannehill
Matt Moore
Brandon Doughty

Running Backs (3)

Jay Ajayi
Damien Williams
Kenyan Drake

Tight Ends (3)

Julius Thomas
Anthony Fasano
MarQueis Gray

Wide Receiver (6)

Jarvis Landry
DeVante Parker
Kenny Stills
Leonte Carroo
Jakeem Grant
Isaiah Ford

Offensive Linemen (9)

Laremy Tunsil
Ted Larsen
Mike Pouncey
Jermon Bushrod
Ja’Wuan James
Sam Young
Anthony Steen
Kraig Urbik
Isaac Asiata

Defense (26)

Defensive Ends (5)

Cameron Wake
Andre Branch
Charles Harris
William Hayes
Terrence Fede

Defensive Tackles (5)

Ndamukong Suh
Jordan Phillips
Julius Warmsley
Nick Williams
Vincent Taylor

Linebackers (6)

Kiko Alonso
Lawrence Timmons
Raekwon McMillan
Mike Hull
Neville Hewitt
Trevor Reilly

Cornerbacks (6)

Byron Maxwell
Xavien Howard
Bobby McCain
Tony Lippett
Cordrea Tankersley
Alterraun Verner

Safeties (4)

Reshad Jones
Nate Allen
Michael Thomas
Walt Aikens

Special Teams (3)

Punter (1)

Matt Darr

Kicker (1)

Andrew Franks

Long Snapper (1)

John Denney

Injured Reserve (1)

Koa Misi, linebacker

Suspended (1)

T.J. McDonald, safety

Practice Squad (10)

Chase Allen, linebacker
Jake Brendel, center
Thomas Duarte, tight end
Davon Godchaux, defensive tackle
Matt Haack, punter
Storm Johnson, running back
Deon Lacey, linebacker
Tory McTyer, cornerback
Drew Morgan, wide receiver
Eric Smith, tackle