Saturday, July 26, 2008

Pre-Training Camp Final Roster Predictions

With final cutdowns still over a month away, odds are these predictions wind up horrible off. But I figured it would still be fun at this point to try and make my best guess at the 53-man roster come September. A few things to keep in mind:
  • A lot of things can and will change between now and September 1, so I don't expect these to be very accurate
  • I am not taking into account any possible signings or roster additions (Terry Glenn, anyone?) during camp or the preseason, and such occurrences would obviously throw these predictions off
Quarterbacks (3): Josh McCown, John Beck, Chad Henne

Running backs (4): Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Jalen Parmele, Lex Hilliard

Fullbacks (2): Reagan Mauia, Boomer Grigsby

Wide receivers (5): Ernest Wilford, Ted Ginn, Jr., Derek Hagan, Greg Camarillo, Davone Bess

Tight ends (3): Anthony Fasano, Justin Peelle, Sean Ryan

Offensive tackles (3): Jake Long, Vernon Carey, Trey Darilek

Offensive guards (4): Justin Smiley, Steve McKinney, Shawn Murphy, Donald Thomas

Centers (2): Samson Satele, Mike Byrne

Defensive ends (5): Randy Starks, Vonnie Holliday, Philip Merling, Kendall Langford, Rodrique Wright

Defensive tackles (2): Jason Ferguson, Paul Soliai

Outside linebackers (5): Joey Porter, Charlie Anderson, Quentin Moses, Junior Glymph, Titus Brown

Inside linebackers (3): Channing Crowder, Akin Ayodele, Reggie Torbor

Cornerbacks (5): Will Allen, Michael Lehan, Andre' Goodman, Nathan Jones, Joey Thomas

Safeties (4): Jason Allen, Yeremiah Bell, Chris Crocker, Keith Davis

Special teams (3): Jay Feely, Brandon Fields, John Denney

Total: 53

Some of my the most notable cuts:
  • RB Patrick Cobbs - if Lex Hilliard can show ability on special teams, the team will probably keep him around in lieu of Cobbs.
  • TE David Martin - Fasano was clearly acquired to be a starter and Martin was pretty much horrible in all aspects last season. I think they go with some stronger blockers in Peelle and Ryan to back up
  • DE Matt Roth - Roth has shown flashes during his three-year career but has yet to establish himself as a legitimate starter with only three sacks last season. I also don't see him as a good fit in the 3-4, and with all the bodies added to the position in the offseason I don't see the use for him here.
  • CB Travis Daniels - Daniels has regressed since his 2005 rookie season and is not a legitimate starter, which is why I think former Cowboys Nathan Jones and Joey Thomas beat him out.
  • FS Renaldo Hill - Hill is solid and could make the team, but I think Jason Allen will start and the Dolphins go with a healthier Chris Crocker as backup.
I can't imagine we'll all see eye-to-eye on this, so I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on my predictions and what you see happening differently! Also, you can check out my latest projected depth chart spreadsheet here.