Literally, I just finished writing an article on the Joey Haynos situation. I even posted it. Then, as I clicked to visit another web site, voila‘ Joey Haynos was released.
Haynos was a personal favorite of mine, even before a series of interviews we did with him last season on this site and before he guested on my “On The Fin Side” internet radio show. Joey is a soft spoken guy who wants nothing more than to be successful and work as a team player. Now, after suffering an undisclosed foot injury, the young TE is out of a roster spot after being injury waived today by the Phins.
His last few series as a Dolphins was captured on TV. First, he gingerly limped back to the huddle and waived off a replacement at the end of the 3rd quarter. Then, taking one step off the line of scrimmage a few plays later, he fell to the ground untouched and was carted off the field.
The loss of Haynos means the Dolphins will likely carry only two TE’s into the season with Anthony Fasano and David Martin as those two. John Nalbone is still not expected to make the roster and Tony Sparano said today that losing Haynos gives him “roster flexibility” and then later stated that he has coached on teams with only two TE’s. Obviously pointing to Nalbone’s future with the team.
Still, that doesn’t mean that the Phins will go into the season with only 2. The Dolphins will keep an eye on roster cuts around the league and may find a surprise here and there. Or they may find a practice squad player that can “eat up reps” as Sparano termed it.
For now, the Dolphins are down to 3 TE’s and it’s more than likely those 3 will be two by this time next week.
Good luck Joey!