Friday, August 31, 2012

Dolphins Live Cutdown Blog

The Miami Dolphins didn't make any roster moves on Thursday, meaning they will part ways at least 22 players on Friday to get down from 75 players to 53 players by tonight's 9 p.m. ET deadline.

As I've done the past two years, I'll be updating this entry as moves are reported, compiling all the information in one handy location while analyzing how these moves impact the Dolphins roster and keeping track of how many moves are left to make.

Be sure to keep checking back throughout the day Friday and into the weekend for coverage and analysis on all the Dolphins' roster moves. Also, follow me on Twitter as always @phinsspotlight!

12:24am: Center Ryan Cook has been traded to the Dallas Cowboys, according to his Facebook page. The Dolphins will receive a seventh-round pick in return while clearing his $1 million salary off the books. He'll count $100,000 in dead money for the Dolphins in 2012. Undrafted rookie center should make the team as Mike Pouncey's backup, as expected. The Dolphins roster is at 74 players with 21 cuts to go.

1:09am: Not cut-related, but thought I'd post here that Pro Football Weekly reports the Dolphins worked out defensive backs Drew Coleman, Roderick Hood and Donald Strickland on Thursday. The previously unreported defensive backs worked out with wide receivers Mike Sims-Walker, Donte' Stallworth and Brian Tyms, as well as quarterback Matt Blanchard. Hood also worked out for the Dolphins last September.

2:36am: Armando Salguero blogs that the Dolphins will cut players "such as [cornerback] Kevyn Scott, [linebacker] Shelly Lyons, [defensive end] Jarrell Root, [safety] Anderson Russell, [wide receiver] Chris Hogan, and others." This sounds more like Salguero throwing names out there than actually reporting, but none of these would be surprising cuts. For now, I'm going to hold off on including these cuts in my count. Salguero also says its likely that cornerback Quinten Lawrence makes the team which is interesting. I have him on my projected 53-man roster after cuts but obviously he's still in danger even if he survives Friday.

10:06am: Barry Jackson has the Dolphins waiving wide receivers Clyde Gates and B. J. Cunningham as well as defensive end Jamaal Westerman and defensive tackle Ryan Baker. Gates was a fourth-round pick in 2011 and Cunningham a sixth-rounder this year. Cunningham is eligible for the practice squad. Meanwhile, Westerman was a free agent addition from the Jets but consistently worked with the third-team, so not surprising even with Dolphins' lack of pass-rushing depth. Baker didn't have any upside despite spending past three seasons with Dolphins. Roster is at 70 with 17 moves to go.

10:12am: Ben Volin says the Dolphins have waived linebacker Cameron Collins. Undrafted out of Oregon State in 2012, Collins never pushed Austin Spitler for a backup job in the middle and a special-teams role. Has PS eligibility. Roster is at 69 with 16 cuts to go.

10:18am: Looks like wide receiver Roberto Wallace has been cut by Dolphins according to Volin. Looks like Wallace is in a good mood, however, just now tweeting, "All the glory to GOD! Thank you for everything you've done and will do for me. #blessed" Roster is at 68, 15 cuts to go.

11:24am: Dolphins have released linebacker Gary Guyton and have waived cornerbacks Quinten Lawrence and Vince Agnew. Guyton and Lawrence are the first from my projected roster to be cut, so that means at least two guys I didn't have making it will for now. Guyton had a weak preseason and was only kept by myself for injuries, so he's not a shocking cut. Lawrence and Agnew did not earn the fourth corner job that will likely go to a current free agent or waiver claim. Roster is at 65 with 12 cuts to go.

11:50am: Among those that have reportedly "made" the team for now are wide receiver Legedu Naanee, fullback Jorvorskie Lane and defensive end Derrick Shelby. No surprises there. Lane and Shelby played their way onto the roster and Naanee worked as a starter all preseason, so I didn't expect him to go even though he hasn't shown well in games. The only way I see Naanee gone is if the Dolphins land someone like James Jones or another step-in starter via trade.

11:56am: Aaron Wilson of FOX Sports tweets the Dolphins have cut wide receiver Jeff Fuller. Although he has size, upside and experience with Ryan Tannehill and Mike Sherman at Texas A&M, drops continue to be an issue for him. I suspect he's a lock to make the practice squad if he clears waivers. Roster is at 64 with 11 moves to go.

12:16pm: Volin reports cornerback Kevyn Scott has been waived but is expected back on the practice squad if he clears waivers. Not shocking to see the undrafted rookie cut, but that leaves Dolphins with three true corners so the team obviously has work to do here.

12:19pm: Twitter-less Barry Jackson (via Adam Beasley) has the Dolphins waiving guard Chandler Burden. An undrafted rookie out of Kentucky, Burden was an obvious cut. He is practice-squad eligible but is no guarantee to return.

12:41am: According to Rich Campbell of The Washington Times, the Dolphins and Redskins are talking about a potential swap involving running back Steve Slaton and wide receiver Anthony Armstrong. Slaton is expendable because of Thigpen. Armstrong, as you may recall, was with Dolphins in 2008 camp and spent the year on the practice squad before being waived prior to the 2009 season. He broke out in Washington in 2010 with 44 catches for 871 yards and three scores but was limited to just seven catches due to injuries last season. Would be a nice addition to our weak receiving corps, though.

1:04pm: A source with knowledge of the situation tells me the Dolphins have waived offensive lineman Ray Feinga and will likely keep tight end-turned-tackle Will Yeatman instead. I expected Feinga to make the roster as a backup tackle with all the injuries on the line we'd had, but they must like Yeatman's potential more.

2:37pm: Running back/return specialist Marcus Thigpen has made the Dolphins' roster, according to Volin. Thigpen shined as a returner and showed some receiving skills as well, so this is no shocker. Steve Slaton will likely be traded or cut.

2:47pm: Volin says the Dolphins will keep all four quarterbacks through today. My guess is they will take more time deciding which veteran backup to keep, seeing if Matt Moore has trade value and if David Garrard (knee) can get back on the field. I suspect they'll ditch one of the vets by the regular season opener and potentially waive Pat Devlin to put him on the practice squad.

3:08pm: Barry Jackson (the master of the scoop today) has the Dolphins waiving undrafted rookie linebacker Shelly Lyons. Never had a chance. Roster is at 60, seven moves to go.

4:23pm: Offensive tackle Lydon Murtha has been released, per Volin. Murtha had been hampered by a foot injury and was due $1.927 million on a restricted free agent tender. His release is a good sign that Jake Long (sprained MCL) will be ready for the opener.

4:25pm: Volin also has the Dolphins waiving offensive tackle Will Barker. He was working behind undrafted rookie Andrew McDonald at right tackle for most of camp so this is no surprise. Dolphins down to 58, five more to go.

4:54pm: Wide receiver Jeff Fuller has apparently not been released as he is participating in the Dolphins' practice this afternoon. (If he had been cut, he would be on waivers right now and not allowed to participate.) It's possible the Dolphins will cut either Fuller or Chris Hogan after tonight's practice with six moves left to make.

5:06pm: Looks like guard Chandler Burden hasn't been cut as previously reported, either. He is practicing with Dolphins tonight and likely working as the second-team left guard behind Richie Incognito, although he's not necessarily save with seven moves needed by 9 p.m. ET.

7:08pm: Agent David Canter tweets that defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui has been told he will be waived and re-signed to the practice squad tomorrow if unclaimed. The same is true for wide receiver Jeff Fuller and guard Chandler Burden, which is why the were initially reported as released earlier in the day.

7:18pm: Volin tweets that offensive tackle Will Yeatman has made the team. Not surprising with Murtha and Feinga cut, although Yeatman seemed like more of a practice squad guy at this point. If he does make the 53-man roster into the regular season, it's a very impressive accomplishment considering he was converted to tight end in the offseason.

8:12pm: Offensive tackle Andrew McDonald will be waived and re-signed to the practice squad, per Volin. He's the backup right tackle and should continue to work there behind Jonathan Martin once he returns. Pretty impressive considering he wasn't signed with the initial crop of undrafted rookies right after the draft. Instead, McDonald went unsigned until May 14.

9:14pm: Updating a previous item, Volin reports waived cornerback Kevyn Scott was released with an injury settlement and won't be back on the practice squad.

9:32pm: The official list of Dolphins cuts has been released. Only three were still unknown prior to this posting, and those new names are wide receiver Chris Hogan, defensive end Jarrell Root and safety Anderson Russell. Root was waived/injured and will revert to injured reserve if unclaimed. The Dolphins' roster now stands at 53 players as per today's deadline, although more moves are sure to be made, specifically at positions like quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback.

Full Cut List:
  • DT Isaako Aaitui*
  • CB Vince Agnew*
  • DT Ryan Baker
  • OT Will Barker*
  • OG Chandler Burden*
  • LB Cameron Collins*
  • C Ryan Cook (traded to Cowboys)
  • WR B. J. Cunningham*
  • WR Jeff Fuller*
  • OT Ray Feinga*
  • WR Clyde Gates
  • LB Gary Guyton
  • WR Chris Hogan*
  • CB Quinten Lawrence*
  • LB Shelly Lyons*
  • OT Andrew McDonald*
  • OT Lydon Murtha
  • DE Jarrell Root* (waived/injured)
  • S Anderson Russell*
  • CB Kevyn Scott* (injury settlement)
  • WR Roberto Wallace
  • DE Jamaal Westerman
*indicates player has practice squad eligibility remaining

Read more here:
Cuts Made: 22     Current Roster Total: 53     Moves Remaining: 0