Saturday, August 1, 2009

Pre-Training Camp Final Roster Predictions

Training camp begins in just one day, and I thought now would be a good time to throw out my predictions for the Dolphins' final 53-man roster come the regular season.

Of course, not all of the Dolphins' players in 2009 are on the roster. The Dolphins claimed three players—Andy Alleman, Brandon London and Nate Garner—off waivers from other teams prior to the regular season. But, since I can't really predict that sort of thing, I'm only going to wok with the Dolphins' current 80-man roster.

-The number in parentheses next to each position is the number of players kept at the position.
-Italics indicated a player I predict will win a starting job.

Quarterback (3)
-Chad Pennington
-Chad Henne
-Pat White

Cut: none

Running back (3)
-Ronnie Brown
-Ricky Williams
-Patrick Cobbs

Cut: Lex Hilliard, Anthony Kimble

Fullback (1)
-Lousaka Polite

Cut: Chris Brown

Wide receiver (6)
-Ted Ginn, Jr.
-Greg Camarillo
-Davone Bess
-Patrick Turner
-Brian Hartline
-Anthony Armstrong

Cut: Brandon London, Chris Williams

Tight end (3)
-Anthony Fasano
-David Martin
-Joey Haynos

Cut: Ernest Wilford, John Nalbone, Jared Bronson

Offensive tackle (3)
-Jake Long
-Vernon Carey
-Andrew Gardner

Cut: Nate Garner, SirVincent Rogers

Offensive guard (5)
-Justin Smiley
-Donald Thomas
-Ike Ndukwe
-Andy Alleman
-Joe Berger

Cut: Brandon Frye, Shawn Murphy, J. D. Quinn, Mark Lewis

Center (1)
-Jake Grove

Cut: none

Defensive end (5)
-Kendall Langford
-Randy Starks
-Phillip Merling
-Lionel Dotson
-Tony McDaniel

Cut: Rodrique Wright, Ryan Baker

Nose tackle (2)
-Jason Ferguson
-Paul Soliai

Cut: Joe Cohen, Louis Ellis

Outside linebacker (5)
-Joey Porter
-Matt Roth
-Jason Taylor
-Cameron Wake
-Charlie Anderson

Cut: Erik Walden, Quentin Moses, Tearrius George

Inside linebacker (4)
-Channing Crowder
-Akin Ayodele
-Reggie Torbor
-William Kershaw

Cut: J. D. Folsom, Orion Martin

Cornerback (5)
-Will Allen
-Sean Smith
-Vontae Davis
-Eric Green
-Nathan Jones

Cut: Jason Allen, Joey Thomas, Will Billingsley

Safety (4)
-Gibril Wilson
-Yeremiah Bell
-Chris Clemons
-Tyrone Culver

Cut: Ethan Kilmer, Courtney Bryan

Special teams (3)
-Dan Carpenter
-Brandon Fields
-John Denney

Cut: none

Projected practice squad*
-RB Lex Hilliard
-FB Chris Brown
-WR Brennan Marion (r)
-TE John Nalbone (r)
-OG J. D. Quinn (r)
-NT Louis Ellis (r)
-LB J. D. Folsom (r)
-CB Will Billingsley

(*Remember, the Dolphins could potentially add practice squad players from other teams' cuts, but I'm only working with the Dolphins roster and their potential cuts)

So what do you think of my predictions? Let me know if you agree or disagree and why!