Putting together an extremely solid display Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings, the battle of the backups was proven to be an area where Miami dominates. Possessing some extremely talented players behind their starters, it is almost a shame that the team must cut 37 players before the end of the league day on Saturday.
However, given the talent of some of these backups, it is possible that the Miami Dolphins front office could be busy in the trade market this weekend. Shipping both starters and backups out to other teams, here are some players the Dolphins could trade away before the end of the league day on Saturday.
David Fales — Quarterback
Not eligible for the Miami Dolphins practice squad, David Fales did a really good job during the Dolphins fourth preseason game. Throwing for 193-yards and three touchdowns, Fales could be a popular guy in the backup quarterback market.
With Dolphins beat writer Adam Beasley even making the joke that the team should send Fales to the Jaguars, this possibility could eventually grown by the day. While I have my doubts about an actual trade happening, Fales performance on Thursday night does boost his trade chances.
Damore’ea Stringfellow — Wide Receiver
Recording a 99-yard touchdown reception in the Dolphins opening preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, Stringfellow has been really silent in the last three weeks of the preseason.
Competing for a roster spot at the team’s most loaded position, Stringfellow may have just seen his chance at a roster spot disappear. That said, Stringfellow possesses both size and speed, two traits NFL offenses always look to add. With the 99-yard TD reception still fresh in people's minds, I could definitely see many receiver-needy teams making moves to add the former Ole Miss star.
Jordan Phillips — Defensive Tackle
A player that has yet to really make a lasting impact on the Dolphins defense, Jordan Phillips has been involved in one of the Dolphins most competitive positional battles this preseason. Taking on rookie Davon Godchaux, Phillips has fallen behind with the rookie defensive tackle listed as a starter entering the fourth week of the preseason.
Considering that the Miami Dolphins defensive line is loaded talent wise, the team could be tempted to try and move Phillips through a trade. However, the question remains about how much interest a constant underachiever like Phillips may generate. Should a trade not workout, expect Phillips to remain with Miami for at least the remainder of this season.
Matt Moore — Quarterback
Okay, this one may be a little bit out of the blue, but yes, I do think the Miami Dolphins could trade away Matt Moore. After all, while David Fales had a good preseason in terms of stats, Matt Moore was dreadful at times. Struggling in his accuracy and decision making, Moore proved why the Dolphins chose to sign Jay Cutler as the team’s new starting QB.
However, despite his poor preseason performance, Moore is likely to still have value across the NFL. One of the league’s better veteran backups, Moore could fetch quite a bit of interest if Miami opens the door to a potential trade.
Moving Moore would also allow Miami to keep David Fales on their roster this season, something Miami may have interest in doing thanks to his good performances during the preseason.
Chase Allen — Linebacker
Recording a team high 34-tackles during the Dolphins four preseason games, Chase Allen definitely made a name for himself. While Allen has been borderline to make Miami’s week 1 roster, the middle linebacker has proven to have a nose for the football.
With Mike Hull and Rey Maualuga ahead of him on the depth chart, Miami could be tempted to try and cash in on any value that he may have built up in the last four weeks. However, considering how thin Miami is at linebacker, it would take quite an offer for the Dolphins to part ways with this extremely talented linebacker.