- Fins cut Grimes The Fins release CB Brent Grimes, freeing $6.5 million in cap space
- Mario Williams signed DE Mario Williams signs a 2 years deal with the Fins
- Fins trade for CB Maxwell Fins swap 1st round picks with the Eagles for CB Maxwell and LB Alonso
- Adam Gase hired Coach Gase was hired as head coach of the Dolphins
On September 1st, NFL teams begin their first round of roster cuts, with teams trimming their rosters down to 75 players. Four days later, on Sept. 5th, things will get very interesting as the NFL teams rosters must go down to 53.
Some Dolphin player cuts will come as no surprise to anyone. (QB Josh Freeman for example.) But there are some players on the bubble, who if released, might surprise a few Dolphin fans. So hold on to your hats Fin fans! Here are 6 potential roster cuts that might be a bit unexpected.
CB Zach Bowman
Bowman was signed in the off-season as a special teamer and to provide depth for a secondary with question marks. While Bowman’s run stopping ability is not the greatest, his pass coverage skills are adequate. But with the play of Jamar Taylor and Brice McCain, as well as the development of rookie Bobby McCain, Bowman has sunk some on the depth chart.
Bowman is a veteran among a DB group with a lot of youth and inexperience. But at age 30, Bowman could be a casualty as the Dolphins give the younger players more of an opportunity to develop and shine.
Bowman’s contract had an $80,000 signing bonus, which would be the cap penalty should he be released.
At the end of last season, the Dolphins continued their playoff drought. Having not made the playoffs since 2008 of course leads to some questions about the team’s problems. Questions that fans wanted addressed in the off-season.
Some of those questions include:
Are the problems with the receivers/tight ends resolved?
Last year Mike Wallace was not a happy camper, and was benched in the final loss to the Jets. Although he had 10 TDs in 2014, he never had a season with Miami where he reached 1000 receiving yards. He certainly was not worthy of his high price tag.
Brian Hartline, who had consecutive 1000 yard seasons before 2014 and had signed a contract extension in 2013, seemed to be the odd man out in OC Bill Lazor’s offense last year. Could he find his niche? What about Brandon Gibson?
Charles Clay, a former 6th round draft pick out of Tulsa, was making a name for himself in the league, and was on the final year of his rookie contract. How would the Fins approach that?
Answer – It appears so
On paper, the Fins appeared to have improved. Miami traded away Dannell Ellerbe and a 3rd round pick for Kenny Stills. The speedy Stills has had 95 receptions for 1572 yards and 8 TDs in his two year career. Stills could be on the verge of a breakout season.
Statically, Stills’ numbers (63 receptions for 931 yards) were almost identical to Wallace’s (67 receptions for 862 yards) last season, other than TD receptions. Each is credited with 4 dropped passes, though Stills reception per target percentage is over 75% while Wallace’s is less than 60%.
The biggest difference between the two is salary. Kenny Stills has two years remaining on a rookie minimum deal while Wallace was the highest paid receiver in the NFL.
FinNation.com is proud to offer some eye witness training camp reports from LacesOut.
- Please excuse spelling/ gibberish.
- Landry is as advertised. Crafty, always seems open. Caught a very poorly thrown ball for potential td. A fast db would have caught him.
- Whoever mentioned designed QB runs as part of this offense was right. Looked like a college practice at times. Looks like each QB had a carry.
- If it’s this hot against NE we should run every play. Weather will be a factor in that game.
- As you all know our punter is a STUD. Reggie Roby was the only one I ve seen that was More impressive.
- Tannehill throwing into tight windows!
- 89 runs like a yeti. Blocking Te only.
- Finnegans can still run blanket coverage on beautiful deep ball be tannehill. I don’t know how much they will connect but Tannehill has definitely worked on his deep ball. He now has an arc.
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Ok, so I have had a little time to digest this year’s Dolphin draft. I generally try to take a day or two to avoid knee jerk reactions. Initially, I was underwhelmed. But now that I’ve thought on it, I’ve realized that this draft was ok. Not great, but not terrible either.
In the first round I think James will be the immediate starter on the right side of the line. I don’t see him as a dominating, Pro Bowler type. Think more along the lines of a Todd Wade or Vernon Carey type. I still think Miami could of traded down 5-10 spots and landed him, making him somewhat of a reach in my opinion. But if he can solidify the right tackle position, I’ll be happy.
In the second and third rounds, the Fins traded back and forth multiple times. Overall, I think the Fins may have lost some trade value here as they selected WR Jarvis Landry out of LSU and then traded back up for Turner.
For the record, I have no problem with this selection. Landry is a superb route runner, and has hands of glue. While he does not having blazing speed, his skill set is perfect for a WCO. If Landry becomes another OJ McDuffie type receiver, in a year or two no one will remember how much trading went on by Miami leading up to his selection.
In the 3rd round, Miami selected “versitile” OL Billy Turner. You should remember that Coach Philbin used that term last year in describing third round pick Dallas Thomas. But a lot of scouts like Turner, and talked about his high ceiling. I guess we will see if he can break the Miami tradition of selecting offensive linemen in the mid rounds who wash out.
Guest Columnist Stu Pace offers his thoughts as a life long Fin fan!
I was born in 1961. At the ripe old age of 7 I became a Miami Dolphins fan. In New Jersey. I became a fan because at the time, my favorite television show was Flipper. Why? I don’t know, I just always liked the actual mammal. My Dad must have had a game on one Sunday afternoon (though I am sure he was asleep-he always was startled when the channel changed by one of the three kids) and I was passing through the living room when I noticed that Flipper, yes, my Flipper was on TV. In an end zone. At a football game. Retrieving field goals and extra points. I sat down. It was 1968. I was sold.
Now, back then the merchandise for the NFL was, at best, nonexistent. You would see a kid on the block with a Giants or Jets, or maybe a Steelers shirt walking around. But a Miami Dolphin shirt? Nowhere to be seen. Thankfully, my grandparents lived in Florida (Dad was from New S Continue reading