Friday, August 15, 2008

Dolphins waive three players

The Dolphins their roster by three today, waiving linebacker Keith Saunders and wide receivers John Dunlap and Selwyn Lymon. All three were signed as undrafted free agents this offseason. Saunders was a former college defensive end at Alabama who was trying to make the team as a pass-rushing outside linebacker, while Dunlap and Lymon were two of the four undrafted receivers the Dolphins had in camp (in addition to Arena wideout Anthony Armstrong).

The moves, which come just a day before the team's second preseason game, put the Dolphins' active roster at just 75 players - five below the current roster limit. The Dolphins now have eight active wide receivers and seven outside linebackers.

There are no surprises here, as I didn't have any of these three making the final roster. Saunders was no higher than the fifth or sixth outside linebacker, and I considered fellow undrafted rookie Titus Brown a better shot to make the final roster (though still not a good shot). I thought Lymon would be competitive for the No. 5 receiver spot early in the offseason with his size, but Davone Bess has stood out as expected and the team is high on Jayson Foster so he didn't have much of a chance.

I am a little surprised to see Saunders and Lymon get cut before the likes of Anthony Armstrong and Maurice Fountain, but it makes sense that the team wanted to give the two former AFLers more of a look instead of the undrafted rookies they'd had since early May. All will likely be cut before the regular season begins.