Barry Jackson

With preseason over, Miami Dolphins start trimming roster to get to 53 players

The Dolphins released at least 14 players on Friday but still have substantial work to do to get their active roster down to 53 players by Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline:

The headliner of the cuts so far: Wide receiver Brice Butler, who has 1237 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in a six-year career.

The Dolphins signed Butler last November, and he played in six games with one start to close out the season, catching six passes for 60 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown. As of Friday afternoon, receivers Isaiah Ford and Allen Hurns were awaiting their fate.

The Dolphins haven’t announced any of their cuts, but sources confirmed that these players have been released:

Linebacker Quentin Poling: A Dolphins seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft who spent all last season on the Dolphins’ practice squad. He missed all of camp with an injury and is not yet healthy.

“Next Chapter!” Poling tweeted at 2:57 p.m. Friday.

Wide receiver Trenton Irwin: An undrafted rookie out of Stanford who caught three passes for 39 yards this preseason. His highlight was a 22-yard catch in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Offensive lineman Michael Dunn: One of eight players the Dolphins signed this offseason out of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.

Cornerback Jalen Davis: An undrafted signee in 2018 out of Utah State. The 23-year-old cornerback played three games for the Dolphins last year, recording six tackles and a forced fumble and flashing potential in the Week 16 Jacksonville game. But he never gained traction in a battle for an open cornerback job.

Wide receiver Reece Horn: Another offseason signing from the AAF. The 26-year-old caught two passes this preseason for 14 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown in Thursday’s preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints.

Defensive tackle Joey Mbu: An undrafted free agent in 2015 who has played nine career NFL games — two with the Falcons in 2015 and seven with the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. Mbu, 26, started in Thursday’s preseason finale but had just one tackle in four preseason games.

Cornerback Tyler Patmon: Patmon has four years of NFL experience and was hoping for a second stint with the Dolphins after playing the final two games of the 2015 season with Miami. He has 49 career NFL games and four career starts under his belt.

Cornerback David Rivers: The 25-year-old Miami native and Hialeah American High alumnus bounced around practice squads during his first year in the league in 2017 before playing three games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017 and 2018. Rivers had six tackles in four preseason games.

Defensive tackle Cory Thomas: An undrafted rookie out of Mississippi State who saw limited action in the preseason.

Offensive lineman Kyle Fuller: A seventh-round pick by the Houston Texans out of Baylor in 2017, Fuller has played in 11 career NFL games with two starts. The 25-year-old started the Dolphins’ preseason finale but was deemed expendable when Miami acquired two veteran interior linemen Friday (more on that in a minute).

Offensive lineman Aaron Monteiro: An undrafted free agent out of Boston College.

Long snapper Wes Farnsworth: The Dolphins still have John Denney and it looks like he’ll hold down his role for a 15th season. Farnsworth was considered the draft’s best long snapper when he signed out of Nevada.

Offensive lineman Jaryd-Jones Smith. The Dolphins signed eight former AAF players and as of 4 p.m. Friday, seven of them had been released, with a decision pending on edge rusher Tyrone Holmes.

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Dolphins trade for offensive linemen

The Dolphins acquired two interior linemen in separate trades Friday.

Miami traded a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for offensive guard Danny Isidora. Shortly afterward, the Dolphins acquired Indianapolis Colts center/guard Evan Boehm and an undisclosed 2020 draft pick in exchange for an undisclosed conditional 2020 draft pick.

Isidora, 25, is a Weston native who played high school football at Cypress Bay and was a second-team All-ACC offensive lineman for the Miami Hurricanes. The Vikings drafted him in the fifth round of the 2017 draft and he has played 21 games over the last two seasons with three career starts, including two last season.

Boehm, 26, was a fourth-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2016 NFL Draft and has played in 42 career games with 13 starts over his first three years in the league. He started eight games for Arizona in 2017 and started four games for the Colts last season.

This story will be updated as more roster moves are confirmed.

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