Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dolphins release Kircus and Roberson

(Note: Sorry for the late update on this, my birthday was this weekend and I've been busy. I'll have something on the Dolphins-Chiefs game tomorrow.)

Despite already being below next Tuesday's 75-man roster limit, the Dolphins parted ways with two players prior to their third preseason game on August 23. Wide receiver David Kircus and Chris Roberson - both in their first year with the club - were released.

Background

A sixth-round draft choice by the Lions in 2005, Kircus spent two seasons in Detroit before being cut prior to the 2005 season. He played with the Denver Broncos in 2006 and was out of football last season before being signed by the Dolphins in February.

Roberson, 25, was drafted in the seventh round by the Jaguars in 2005 out of Eastern Michigan. He spent two seasons with the team, including the 2006 season on injured reserve. He was out of football in 2007 and was signed by the Dolphins on July 30 after the team waived undrafted rookie cornerback Scorpio Babers.

Analysis

Not really any big surprises here. I initially thought Kircus had a shot to beat out Greg Camarillo, but Kircus failed to separate himself and as we all know Camarillo is a valued special teams guy. The departure of Kircus leaves the Dolphins with seven receivers for two, maybe three spots. I think Camarillo and Davone Bess have the No. 4 and 5 spots locked up, which leaves Anthony Armstrong and Jayson Foster trying to convince the organization they should keep a sixth wideout. Either would be a strong candidate for the practice squad.

Roberson's departure leaves the Dolphins with six corners. There's little uncertainty left at the position in my view, as I believe Allen, Andre' Goodman, Michael Lehan, Nathan Jones and Joey Thomas are likely to earn the five spots on the active roster. Will Billingsley is the odd man out, though his physical tools make him an interesting practice squad candidate.

With Kircus and Roberson gone, the Dolphins' active roster now stands at 71. As the roster limit after this Tuesday's cut down is 75, the Dolphins are not required to make any roster moves this week. The roster must be trimmed to 53 on August 30.