PhinNation.com has a lot of die-hard Miami Dolphins fans following us on Twitter. So over the weekend we threw out an open invitation for Dolphins fans to write a guest blog for the site. Today, we’re going to publish the first of the guest bloggers (Seth S./ Twitter @Seth1374). Here’s Seth’s blog about some possible surprise cuts at Dolphins camp this year:
Every year in Dolphins camp there are surprise cuts, from Donald Thomas last year, to Terry Cousins, to Daryl Gardener and Jack del Rio. Who are the candidates for this year’s surprise cut? I chose based on expectations of the player and the actual chance they could be cut.
1. Louisaka Polite– Yes he signed a new contract. But, look around. Who from the backfield is left from last year. Rickey? Gone. Ronnie? Gone. Polite is still there, and he was one of the lowest rated lead blockers according to ProFootballFocus.com last year. Now, he does convert on 3rd and 1 or 4th and 1 a lot, but wouldnt a random fullback had picked up at least 90% of those as well? Additionally, Charles Clay has been practicing mostly as FB/TE hybrid. If Clay proves competent at lead blocking, what value does Polite have?
2. Will Allen— This one maybe too obvious, after all he hasn’t practiced in three days and he hasn’t played in 2 years. Combine that with the performance of Jimmy Wilson, as well as the presence of Nolan Carroll and Benny Sapp. I think it goes without saying that either Sapp or Allen is gone after cuts. Additionally, I don’t see Benny Sapp getting cut as a suprise with his cap number. It is basically him or Allen.
3. Marc Colombo — I know you are saying, he was just signed, he is Sparano favorite. That is all true. He was also cut by the Cowboys and rated as the 4 worst Right tackle in the NFL last year. Having said that, he is running with the first team for the Dolphins right now. Lyndon Murtha is performing well in practice. If Murtha overtakes Colombo, why keep him? Depth? Garner is more versatile and Jerry is younger. Carey can play tackle if need be and they could always bring someone younger into develop. By the way, I don’t think John Jerry being cut right now would be a surprise.
4. Phillip Merling– He has rebounded quite well from his achillies injury. Unfortunatly for Mr. Merling he plays for deepest position on the team and might be caught in a numbers game : Odrick, Starks, Solai, Langford, McDaniel (new contract thats why he’s safe). That is five locks. How many will the Dolphins keep? If they keep six, then Fields or Kearse provides NT depth. So now it is up to the brass. Do they think Merling can get better or do the Dolphins keep a younger player to develop? There is the outside possibility that the Dolphins could look to trade Merling late in camp to address another need (i.e. Camarillo for Sapp trade).
5. Chris Clemons– Yes he started last year, but even Mr. Clemons close family would admit he struggled last year. I think Chris is a good player, but look at the numbers at safety. Yeramiah Bell is safe. Additionally, the Dolphins 7th round pick, Jimmy Wilson is showing flashes in practice and Rashad Jones has big play potential. Tyrone Culver is a great special team player who contributes in sub packages. So if the Dolphins keep the young guys, what would be the purpose of keeping Clemons? I think it probably comes down to Clemons either starting or not making the team.