Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase talks about the maturity of his young players
UPDATE (4 p.m.): Here is the announced list of cuts, many of which were broken here and by The Miami Herald on Twitter:
Defensive backs Tony Lippett, Taveze Calhoun, Jonathan Alston, Jalen Davis, Trae Elston
offensive linemen Isaac Asiata, Connor Hilland, Eric Smith and Roubbens Joseph, David Steinmetz and Mike Matthews
running backs Buddy Howell, Jeremy Langford and Brandon Radcliff
receivers Leonte Carroo, Malcolm Lewis, Rashawn Scott (waived injured), Isaiah Ford, Drew Morgan, Francis Owusu
linebackers Quentin Poling, Cayson Collins, Terence Garvin and Frank Ginda
defensive linemen Cameron Malveaux, Kendall Langford, Anthony Moten, Jonathan Woodard, Jamiyus Pittman, Claudy Mathieu and Quincy Redmon
tight ends Thomas Duarte and Gavin Escovar
long snapper Lucas Gravelle
quarterback Bryce Petty
kicker Greg Joseph
UPDATE (3:58 p.m.): The Dolphins cut seventh-round linebacker Quentin Poling; he’s the only rookie draft pick not to make the team.
UPDATE (3:55 p.m.): Brock Osweiler has made the Miami Dolphins’ roster. But so has David Fales. The Dolphins are keeping both of their backup candidates on their 53. Osweiler may have locked down a spot with an excellent preseason finale.
UPDATE (3:10 p.m.): The Dolphins released former UM receiver Malcolm Lewis and running back Brandon Radcliffe. At this point, Miami has five receivers on the roster, suggesting DeVante Parker (hand) and Jakeem Grant (shoulder) could be ready for the Sept. 9 opener against Tennessee.
UPDATE (2:50 p.m.): The Dolphins released defensive end/tackle Cameron Malvaeux, who had some good moments last season and played well in the fourth preseason game. Miami has interest in signing him to the practice squad. The release of Malvaeaux and Kendall Langford leaves Miami with nine defensive linemen.
UPDATE (2:45 p.m.): Undrafted rookie Lucas Gravelle announced on Twitter that the Dolphins aren’t retaining him. So John Denney, 39, will return for a 14th season as Miami’s long snapper.
UPDATE (2:27 p.m.): Kendall Langford’s second stint with the Dolphins ends before it can barely begin. The Dolphins cut the veteran defensive tackle Saturday, less than three weeks after signing him. Langford, in the Dolphins’ coaches estimation, was not better than the four defensive tackles they will keep: Jordan Phillips, Akeem Spence, Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor. Langford spent his first four NFL seasons with Miami, helping the Dolphins win their only division championship in some two decades.
UPDATE (2:15 p.m.): The Dolphins released cornerback Jalen Davis but want him on the practice squad. Davis was the second-team slot cornerback for much of training camp and received preseason work as a kick returner. Miami believes he’s worth investing more time in.
UPDATE (2 p.m.): The Dolphins released defensive end Jonathan Woodard, who had some good moments in preseason and training camp. They have interest in signing him to the practice squad.
UPDATE (1:57 p.m.): The Dolphins are going with five receivers on their first 53: Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant. They part ways with everyone who was competing to be their No. 6: Carroo, Ford, Morgan, Rashawn Scott (waived/injured after hurt his lower leg Friday), Francis Owusu and Malcolm Lewis.
UPDATE (1:40 p.m.): The Dolphins released tight end Thomas Duarte, a seventh-round pick in 2016, according to a league source. Duarte had some good moments in camp, but he and Gavin Escobar (who also was released) ultimately couldn’t surpass veterans MarQueis Gray and A.J. Derby.
The Dolphins also released rookie defensive end Quincy Redmon, per a league source.
UPDATE (1:30 p.m.): The Dolphins released former FAU running back Buddy Howell but would like to keep him for the practice squad, according to a league source. Miami also reportedly cut receiver Francis Owusu.
UPDATE (1:12 p.m.): The Dolphins are placing linebacker Mike Hull on injured reserve. They can bring him back after eight games using the league’s short-term IR mechanism. Hull injured a knee in preseason and the team wants to keep him around. He has value on special teams.
UPDATE (1:11 p.m.): Some important context, regarding the Dolphins’ draft recent track history: Entering this week’s cutdown period, they were top 10 in the NFL in terms of retention of their own picks since 2016 (beginning of Grier Era). Over 90 percent.
One more data point, in light of the Carroo cut: There are 16 players picked before him in 2016 who are no longer with the team. And that number could grow today.
UPDATE (1 p.m.): The Dolphins cut Eric Smith, who was on the team last season and was in competition with Sam Young and Zach Sterup for the third and fourth offensive tackle jobs.
UPDATE (12:55 p.m.): The Dolphins have parted ways with three draft picks, cutting receiver Leonte Carroo (per sources) and receiver Isaiah Ford (according to Sirius XM host Craig Mish) and guard Isaac Asiata, according to a league source.
Because the Dolphins traded three draft picks to select Carroo 86th overall in 2017, the Dolphins essentially gave up more than three picks in those three releases.
Carroo finished his Dolphins career with 10 catches for 98 yards. Ford was the team’s seventh-round pick in 2017 and missed all of last season with a knee injury.
Asiata, a fifth-round pick in 2016, wasn’t active for a game last season. His run blocking had improved in training camp but the Dolphins nevertheless decided to part ways.
UPDATE (12:53 p.m.): Another big question has been answered, this time at the cornerback position. The Dolphins have cut third-year cornerback Tony Lippett, a one-time starter who still does not appear the whole way back from a torn Achilles that ended his 2017 season before it started. Lippett’s release suggests that Cordrea Tankersley and Torry McTyer will be the Dolphins’ fourth and fifth corners.
UPDATE (12:25 p.m.): The Dolphins released receiver Drew Morgan but indicated they might sign him to the practice squad. Morgan was competing for a potential sixth receiver job on the team. Offensive lineman David Steinmetz also has been released, according to a league source.
UPDATE (12:20 pm): The Dolphins have released kicker Greg Joseph, suggesting that seventh-round rookie Jason Sanders has won the kicking job. Joseph, an undrafted rookie out of FAU, kicked well in camp, and special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi has said he expects both kickers to kick in the NFL.
UPDATE (12:17 p.m.): The Dolphins have released former University of Miami defensive tackle Anthony Moten, but have interest in bringing him back on their practice squad if he clears waivers.
UPDATE (12:03 p.m.): Another bubble linebacker has gotten the bad news. Terence Garvin is among the Dolphins’ cuts, the Herald has learned. Combined with Ginda and Collins, the Dolphins are quickly whittling away at the position. Mike Hull is out for a while with a knee injury, so this all suggests that Stephone Anthony might be safe, at least for now. Garvin’s $790,000 salary would have been guaranteed if he was on the roster to start the season, so this might have been a short-term cost-cutting move. We’ll see if the Dolphins choose to bring him back after the opener, when that contract would not be guaranteed.
UPDATE (10:35 a.m.): Add linebacker Cayson Collins, a rookie free agent who never really made a move, to the list.
The most difficult weekend of the NFL season has arrived. The Dolphins, like all 32 teams, must shed dozens of players to meet the NFL’s 4 p.m. 53-man roster deadline.
Adam Gase, Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier got a head start Friday, trading safety Jordan Lucas to the Chiefs for an undisclosed draft pick and releasing tight end Gavin Escobar and linebacker Frank Ginda.
And the cuts have begun early Saturday, with defensive back Jonathan Alston and defensive end Claudy Mathieu among the first to be notified of their release. Miami also released former North Carolina rookie linebacker Cayson Collins.
The Dolphins had great success with undrafted rookies last season; Chase Allen, Torry McTyer and Mo Smith were among a handful who made the team. But it’s unclear if any undrafted rookies will make the 53 this year.
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