Now that the Miami Dolphins are right down to the 53-man roster restrict after their sequence of strikes on Tuesday, it is a good time to test again in on how we fared with our newest roster tasks and clarify how we have been proper in some circumstances and as an error in some circumstances. some others.
As a ultimate consequence, we had the right 49 gamers on the unique 53-man roster, with solely RB Salvon Ahmed, TE Tanner Conner, LB Sam Eguavoen and CB Kader Kohou lacking. The 4 gamers we had within the 53 that did not make it have been G Solomon Kindley, LB Cameron Goode, DB Quincy Wilson and CB Byron Jones, who we had projected would transfer to the lively roster however as an alternative moved to the Reserve/Roster PUP, which is able to sideline him for not less than the primary 4 video games of the 2022 common season.
Right here was the breakdown by place:
On the checklist earlier than ultimate cuts: Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater, Skylar Thompson
Evaluation: We had Skylar Thompson on our earlier 53-man roster projection, and all he did within the preseason finale was make an amazing closing argument. Whereas the preseason is not the identical because the common season, the notion that he is poised to interchange Teddy Bridgewater because the No. 1 quarterback. 2 is an excessive amount of for us, we’re extra satisfied than ever that there is no means the Dolphins can preserve Thompson away from the 53-year-old, they usually’ll solely want to hold three quarterbacks.
53-man roster projection (3): Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater, Skylar Thompson
How we did it: He nailed it.
On reflection: We made the case Monday about why we did not assume the Dolphins had any alternative however to maintain Thompson, and in the long run, we’re glad workforce officers learn our evaluation and heeded our recommendation (laughs).
On the checklist earlier than ultimate cuts: Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds, Sony Michel, Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, FB Alec Ingold, Gerrid Doaks, ZaQuandre White
Evaluation: This has been, from begin to end, maybe the toughest place to handicap as a result of the Dolphins have extra potential candidates than roster spots, but in addition as a result of there may be little separation behind Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert. One of many large questions is whether or not the Dolphins will carry three or 4 halfbacks, together with fullback Alec Ingold, and the X-factor right here is that the Dolphins might preserve one or two halfbacks on the apply squad who in all probability will not. have been far-off from the final gamers on the checklist. We’ll persist with our projection right here that the Dolphins will carry three halfbacks, and the battle for the ultimate spot will come right down to Myles Gaskin or Salvon Ahmed.
53-man roster projection (4): Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, Myles Gaskin, FB Alec Ingold
How we did it: He missed Salvo Ahmedi
On reflection: The choice to chop Michelin appeared to shock many analysts, however the reality is that he did nothing in coaching camp to advantage a roster spot. Ultimately, what we missed was pondering the Dolphins have been solely going to hold three halfbacks once they ended up carrying 4, though that proves there wasn’t a lot of a distinction between Gaskin and Ahmed.
On the checklist earlier than ultimate cuts: Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Cedrick Wilson Jr., Trent Sherfield, Preston Williams, Lynn Bowden Jr., Erik Ezukanma, River Cracraft, Mohamed Sanu, Braylon Sanders
Evaluation: Nothing has modified right here when it comes to the large image, which implies the battle on this decider will come down as to if anybody can seize a sixth spot, as a result of the highest 5 look locked on the restrict. Hill, Waddle and Wilson are locks, Ezukanma will make the workforce as a rookie fourth-round decide (he had already finished so earlier than his large sport in opposition to the Raiders) and Sherfield has capturing expertise and has expertise with Mike McDaniel from their time in San Francisco. It has regarded for weeks from this vantage level like a battle between Lynn Bowden Jr. and River Cracraft for the final spot, if there was one, and Cracraft actually had the higher hand within the preseason finale, despite the fact that Bowden had that 39-yarder. It nonetheless says right here that the Dolphins would adore it if they might get a draft decide for Bowden as a result of Cracraft appears to be like just like the decide.
53-man roster projection (6): Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Cedrick Wilson Jr., Trent Sherfield, Erik Ezukanma, River Cracraft
How we did it: River Cracraft did not make it.
On reflection: Properly, we obtained it proper concerning the high 5 large receivers right here, and we obtained it proper that Bowden and Williams weren’t going to make the 53-man roster regardless of having the identify recognition. It says right here that we could not have seen the final of Cracraft.
THE HARD END
On the checklist earlier than ultimate cuts: Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe, Cethan Carter, Hunter Lengthy, Tanner Conner
Evaluation: The massive chatter here’s what will occur with Gesicki and whether or not the Dolphins will truly go forward and commerce him. As we explored in a current story, it simply does not make sense for the Dolphins to easily commerce him for the sake of buying and selling him in gentle of all of the strikes the workforce made within the offseason to do every part they might to accumulate and assist Tagovailoa . So it is stated right here that he stays, after which there is a little bit of suspense on the place as a result of Carter will make the workforce as a backup linebacker/particular groups contributor. Do not be stunned if Conner, who impressed earlier than being sidelined with a knee damage, finally ends up on injured reserve.
53-man roster projection: (4) Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe, Hunter Lengthy, Cethan Carter
How we did it: We did not have Tanner Conner.
On reflection: We did point out that the Dolphins actually favored Conner, proper? He was nonetheless carrying a knee in apply Tuesday, and it in all probability would not be a shock if he nonetheless ended up on IR, however now that he is after the reduce to 53, it will not put him out for the remainder of the season. .
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On the checklist earlier than ultimate cuts: C/G Michael Deiter, G Robert Jones, G Solomon Kindley, G/T Robert Hunt, G/T Austin Jackson, OL Connor Williams, T Terron Armstead, T Larnel Coleman, G/T Liam Eichenberg, T Greg Little, T Adam Pankey, T Kion Smith, T Kellen Diesch, T Blaise Andries
Evaluation: Deal with Greg Little lastly obtained his likelihood to play within the preseason and Mike McDaniel praised his work the following day, and perhaps that stated one thing about his possibilities of making the 53-man roster, particularly contemplating the opposite backup sort out that Larnel Coleman has no NFL common season. expertise. That is actually a place the place the Dolphins might add a veteran by way of the waiver wire.
53-man roster projection (9): Terron Armstead, Connor Williams, Robert Hunt, Austin Jackson, Liam Eichenberg, Michael Deiter, Solomon Kindley, Greg Little, Robert Jones
How we did it: Solomon Kindley didn’t make it.
On reflection: The one spot we have been lacking right here was the inclusion of Kindley, who we did not have in our unique 53-man roster projection however who obtained higher as camp and the preseason unfolded. This is saying Kindley can be within the NFL in 2022, even when it is not with the Dolphins.
THE PROTECTIVE OILERS
On the checklist earlier than ultimate cuts: DE Emmanuel Ogbah, DT Raekwon Davis, DT John Jenkins, DT Benito Jones, DT Zach Sieler, DT Christian Wilkins, DL Ben Stille, DT Niles Scott
Evaluation: The entrance 5 on this group has been fairly stable for the reason that begin of camp after Adam Butler was out of the equation. As a result of the Dolphins have a number of cornerbacks who can line up as defensive ends in a pinch, there isn’t a requirement to hold six defensive linemen.
53-man roster projection (5): Raekwon Davis, Christian Wilkins, Zach Sieler, Emmanuel Ogbah, John Jenkins
How we did it: He nailed it.
On reflection: There was a case to be made right here for Stille, who regarded good as a rookie free agent, however we determined to go together with the confirmed items right here and ended up nailing the place.
On the checklist earlier than ultimate cuts: Darius Hodge, Jaelan Phillips, Brennan Scarlett, Andrew Van Ginkel, Jerome Baker, Sam Eguavoen, Calvin Munson, Duke Riley, Elandon Roberts, Channing Tindall, Cameron Goode, Melvin Ingram III, Porter Gustin, Trey Flowers
Evaluation: Whereas he is technically not on the lively roster but, we have now to incorporate Trey Flowers right here as a result of he’ll be there after agreeing to phrases on Sunday — and he’ll be on the 53-man roster. Brennan Scarlett might very properly find yourself on IR after lacking the previous couple of weeks of apply. Goode has proven an excessive amount of promise in camp, from this vantage level, to threat exposing him to waivers, and he ranks close to the underside of the checklist right here amongst some skilled gamers within the NFL.
53-man roster projection (9): Jaelan Phillips, Andrew Van Ginkel, Jerome Baker, Elandon Roberts, Channing Tindall, Melvin Ingram III, Cameron Goode, Duke Riley, Trey Flowers
How we did it: We have been lacking Sam Eguavoen, who scored 53 rather than Cameron Goode.
On reflection: We had the suitable quantity on the place, however we thought Goode deserved a roster spot primarily based on what he confirmed this summer time, although Eguavoen has confirmed particular groups capability and perhaps that made the distinction in the long run.
On the checklist earlier than ultimate cuts: CB Xavien Howard, CB Noah Igbinoghene, CB Byron Jones, CB Nik Needham, DB Elijah Campbell, DB Keion Crossen, DB D’Angelo Ross, DB Quincy Wilson, S Clayton Fejedelem, S Jevon Holland, S Brandon Jones, S Eric Rowe, CB Elijah Hamilton, CB Kader Kohou, S Verone McKinley III
Evaluation: The most important query right here is whether or not Byron Jones will begin the season on Reserve/PUP, the place he will not rely in opposition to the 53 however must miss the primary 4 video games, or on the lively roster and the sensation right here is that he’ll to be at 53. The Dolphins have promising rookie free brokers right here in Kohou and McKinley, however powerful selections must be made and we gave the final two spots within the secondary to Campbell and Wilson.
53-man roster projection (10): Xavien Howard, Byron Jones, Brandon Jones, Jevon Holland, Noah Igbinoghene, Keion Crossen, Eric Rowe, Nik Needham, Elijah Campbell, DB Quincy Wilson
How we did it: We have been lacking Clayton Fejedelem and Kader Kohou, who made it rather than Quincy Wilson and Byron Jones (who went to Reserve/PUP).
On reflection: It was a extremely powerful place the entire time as a result of it was so tight for the previous couple of locations, after which there was the Byron Jones scenario that difficult every part. With Kohou, whereas he confirmed numerous promise all summer time, we in the end thought the Dolphins would favor expertise on the place.
On the checklist earlier than ultimate cuts: Okay Jason Sanders, P Thomas Morstead, LS Blake Ferguson
Evaluation: No matter likelihood Hofrichter needed to unseat the veteran Morstead in all probability vanished together with his 28-yarder out of bounds in opposition to Las Vegas, and the suspension ended when he was ejected three days after the sport.
53-man roster projection (3): Okay Jason Sanders, P Thomas Morstead, LS Blake Ferguson
How we did it: He nailed it.
On reflection: This was not tough.