After making some cuts yesterday, the Dolphins officially cut down their roster to 53 players.
It’s the end of a life-long dream for some players. Others will sign elsewhere or join Miami’s practice squad.
There aren’t any “surprises,” but there are some moves that will make some Dolphins fans emotional.
Kirk Merritt, WR
Kirk Merritt fought all offseason to make enough of an impression on the coaching staff. Unfortunately for Merritt, Miami has their deepest WR room in years.
Fans would’ve loved to see Merritt make the team, but there wasn’t room.
Do not be surprised if he joins Miami’s practice squad. Although, for that to happen, Miami hopes he doesn’t get signed elsewhere.
Carl Tucker, TE
Unfortunately for Tucker, he wasn’t going to make this team. He was considered a camp body at best.
In a TE room with a rising-star, rookie, and at least two veterans with experience, he wasn’t going to make it.
Kai Locksley, WR
Kai Locksley is a cool story. He was the starting QB at UTEP for 3-years before going undrafted in the 2020 draft. In an effort to keep his NFL dreams alive, the 6’4 210 pounder converted to WR.
Locksley, like any other receiver being cut, had a lot of guys in front of him.
Being able to make it to the last wave of cuts for a QB turned WR is impressive.
Chris Myarick, TE
Dolphins fans won’t forget Myarick for a little while. He had the game-winning TD catch against Cincinnati in the final preseason game.
Similarly to Carl Tucker, there aren’t enough spots at TE for Myarick.
Reid Sinnett, QB
The Dolphins have their franchise Qb. They also have one of the best backups in the league. It is uncommon to carry 3 QB’s on the active roster.
Miami is hoping he clears waivers and they can sign him to the practice squad. He showed flashes of potential and Miami would love to have him in case they ever need a familiar face in the QB room.
Jonathan Ledbetter, DE
Ledbetter was someone who could have made one of the final spots in the DE room. He’s been in Miami and made some plays this preseason. As is the case at many positions, he was buried on the depth chart.
Ledbetter is a hard-worker who could be a practice squad candidate.
Cre’von LeBlanc, CB
LeBlanc has been outside looking in for a while now. Competing with other veteran players who are very versatile made it very tough for him to make this team.
Jason Stowbridge, DL
The Dolphins drafted Stowbridge in the 5th-round of the 2020 draft.
Last year, in 8 games, he recorded 3 tackles.
Stowbridge was playing with the 3rd-team and didn’t make enough of a jump to beat out the veterans ahead of him.
Patrick Laird, RB
Laird was fighting for the fourth spot in the RB room with rookie Gerrid Doaks. Well, that’s what everyone thought. Then, Miami decided to keep 3 RB’s.
With Ahmed and Gaskin being the duo and FA signing Malcolm Brown being the third back, Laird was out.
He remains a PS candidate as a familiar player within the organization.
Malcolm Perry, WR
The Dolphins released Malcolm Perry, the 2nd year player out of Navy. Unlike the players above who are “PS candidates,” the Dolphins have already decided that they will sign him to the PS if he goes unsigned.
He took reps at PR, but Jakeem Grant kept that job, and he didn’t do enough as a WR yet to keep a spot. Miami knows he can be very useful if utilized properly, and will keep him around if possible.
Calvin Munson, LB
Munson was listed as a 4th-team LB on the depth chart. He appeared in all 16 games for Miami last year, but with FA signings and players returning to full health, Munson was released.
Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB
Harvey-Clemons was an even longer shot than Munson. He was listed 5th on the depth chart.
With a plethora of depth at the position, Miami made an easy move.
Adam Pankey, OL
Pankey could have been a depth piece. Miami traded for Greg Little and Greg Mancz recently, which filled the room a little bit.
Pankey did not impress in the preseason, which is definitely not what Miami needs right now.
Cameron Tom, C
Miami wasn’t going to carry three center’s.
Before three days ago, it was going to be Michael Dieter and Matt Skura. However, the Dolphins traded for Greg Mancz yesterday and released Skura.
With Mancz and Dieter clearly safe, the Dolphins released Tom.
Gerrid Doaks, RB
Doaks was waived by Miami. If he clears waivers, Miami might re-sign him to the practice squad. Doaks and Patrick Laird were thought to be competing for the 4th spot in the RB room, but it seems Miami is only keeping three(on the active roster).
Miami is going to need an RB or two on the PS, and Doaks is a great candidate.
Javaris Davis, CB
Similar to most CB’s on this list, it was going to be tough for Davis to make the roster. He was competing with rookie Trill Williams and others, but couldn’t get through the final wave.
He had shown potential before suffering an injury. According to Barry Jackson, Miami would like him back on the practice squad.
Kylan Johnson, LB
Johnson, similar to Harvey-Clemons, was going to have a tough time making up ground. He was seen as a camp body. It’s not impossible for players like him to make the team, but it was a longer long-shot.
The Dolphins are deep at LB, which made this move even easier.
Durval Quieroz Neto, OL
Everyone wanted Neto to make this roster. The Brazilian player Miami signed from the IPP program was going to have to fight for his spot.
This move is slightly confusing, as Neto still had a year of exemption left from the IPP program.
Miami is very likely to keep him on the practice squad with that rule, though.
Benito Jones, DL
Benito Jones was waived today as well. He has shown potential during his time in South Florida, but had to battle with other veterans.
With Raekwon Davis and Christian Wilkins being the young leaders followed by veterans Butler and Jenkins, Jones finds himself the odd man out.
Shaquem Griffin, LB
Griffin was competing for one of the last spots in the LB room. Some thought that the passion and locker room presence he brought to the team would give him the edge over someone else.
Fans aren’t going to love the move, but if he clears waivers, he may return to the PS.
Miami will likely make more transactions over the next 24-48 hours.