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Dolphins Finished With Roster Cuts, Get Down To Initial 53

The Dolphins have announced the rest of the names of the players who have been released, on top of the others who have been previously announced.

The main surprises of the day were the cuts of fullback Lousaka Polite, and cornerback Will Allen. It was rumored that both were in danger of being cut, but I did not truly believe that the coaching staff would cut ties with their starting fullback.

With the release of Polite, this means that your 2011 starting fullback will either be Lex Hilliard, or rookie Charles Clay.

The Dolphins also released the following:

  • Nic Grigsby, RB
  • Ronald Fields, DT
  • Robert Rose, LB
  • Quentin Spears, LB
  • Mickey Shuler, TE
  • John Matthews, WR
  • Nate Ness, S
  • Pat Devlin, QB
  • Kevin O’Connell, QB
  • David Nixon, LB
  • Julius Pruitt, WR
  • Mark Restelli, S
  • Dedrick Epps, TE
  • Johnathan Freeny, LB
  • Philip Livas, WR
  • D.J. Jones, T
  • Matt Kopa, T
  • Garrett Chisholm, OG
  • Vince Agnew, CB
  • Brett Brackett, TE
  • Patrick Carter, WR
Tackle Lydon Murtha has also been placed on injured reserve, so his season is now over. With Jake Long back, there is no current need for a backup left tackle, but the Dolphins should now be on the lookout for a capable tackle, especially someone who can step in for Marc Colombo, who has not looked anywhere close to solid during the pre-season.
The Dolphins have cut all of their undrafted free agents, so either they were unhappy with this years class, or they are looking for some other “acorns” through free agency the rest of the weekend.
Miami is also keeping six receivers at the moment, with both Roberto Wallace and Marlon Moore making the 53 roster, for now. The team only is keeping two tight ends, starter Anthony Fasano, and backup Jeron Mastrud. Keep in mind that while Charles Clay can play both fullback and tight end, he cannot play both at once, and the coaching staff wanted to ease him into getting to know both positions. Looks like he might have to hurry up his progress a little bit.
Two surprises for me that made the 53 man roster were linebacker Marvin Mitchell, and 7th round draft pick Frank Kearse. Kearse is a project player, but he made no noise during camp, as well as Mitchell. The team is keeping 10 linebackers for now, and have multiple defensive lineman that are expendable at the moment.
Throughout the weekend, be on the lookout for the Fins to try and find a trade partner for defensive end Phillip Merling, and for the front office to take a long, hard look at former Pro-Bowl safety, and ex-Patriot: Brandon Meriweather. With the Fins playing the Pats in Week 1, he could be an integral part of the Dolphins gaining knowledge on how the Patriots go about their defensive schemes.
Also, the team could be interested in gaining a pass catching tight end, someone such as Dante Rosario or Dorin Dickerson, who could be a hybrid type, switching from WR to TE on occasion.

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