The Miami Dolphins need to trim their roster to 75 players by 4pm Monday. Following the Dolphins 23-6 loss to the Falcons, they wasted little time in starting the process of getting from 88 players down to the league mandated number of 75. On Saturday, the Dolphins released the following players: Chas Alecxih (DT), Les Brown (TE), Marcus Brown (CB), Tyrell Johnson (S), Trenton Hughes (CB), Josh Linam (LB), Jerome Messam (RB), Jacquies Smith (DE), and Jonathan Wade (CB).
The most famous name on the Dolphins’ cut list is tight end, Les Brown. Brown became a household name because he has been featured in a few segments on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Brown is the former accountant turned NFL camp competitor. In the first episode, his struggles in blocking technique were well chronicled. He was seen after practice talking to his girlfriend when he uttered the now famous line ‘as uuuusghe’ (as usual).
In reality, Brown was a long shot to make the roster all along, despite his 4.4 speed. In the end, he was too raw to make the Dolphins final roster because of he was a liability in pass protection and run blocking. Brown seemed like a genuinely nice guy and we wish him the best of luck as he continues to follow is dream of playing in the NFL.
There is a chance that Brown, or any of the other Dolphins cuts, could latch on with another team. After all of the final cuts are made, the Dolphins can also re-sign up to 8-9 of the players for their practice/developmental squad. Last year, QB Pat Devlin was on the Dolphins practice squad and the improvement he’s shown since last year has been dramatic.
Other than Brown, one of the other notable Dolphins cuts was Jonathan Wade. Wade was on the 2011 Dolphins, but has struggled this preseason. On Friday night against the Falcons, Wade gave up 2 touchdown passes. The Dolphins still have a number of quality cornerbacks, including Nolan Carroll. Carroll had a very impressive game against the Falcons, which likely sealed Wade’s fate.
Jerome Messam, the former Canadian Football League star was once thought to be the favorite to make the team as a full back. However, Jorvorskie Lane’s emergence made Messam expendable. Lane, if you saw Friday night’s game, is the 258 pound fullback who flattened Falcons defenders after catching a dump off pass. It’s almost a certainty that Lane makes the team. Finally, Tyrell Johnson, a free agent safety the Dolphins signed away from the Vikings, failed to do anything to catch the coaches attention. Johnson couldn’t rise above working with the 3rd team defense.
The Dolphins still need to cut 3 more players before Monday’s 4pm deadline. The roster will then be at 75 players leading up to the Dolphins final preseason game on Wednesday night against the Cowboys. Then, final cuts will be made by Friday, August 31st when we’ll finally know the Dolphins final 53 man roster.