With the roster deadline fast approaching on the door step for every team in the NFL (Monday 4 p.m. ET), the Miami Dolphins start their release process trimming the roster down to 78 players.
One day after a 23-6 loss against the Atlanta Falcons, General Manager Jeff Ireland and company cut nine players off their active list. The Dolphins officially say good bye to defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, cornerback Marcus Brown, cornerback Trent Hughes, safety Tyrell Johnson, linebacker Josh Linam, cornerback Jonathan Wade, defensive end Jacquies Smith, running back Jerome Messam, and tight end Les Brown (the accountant).
As far as these names go, the two players that standout are Les Brown and Jerome Messam.
On HBO’s Hard Knocks with the Miami Dolphins there was a sequence in episode two where Les Brown was caught in an obstacle, the scheme of blocking. With an undersized built and a long absence from the game of football, the tight end just couldn’t protect his quarterback whether it was second string quarterback Matt Moore or rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Knowing his release now, his inability to block could have been why they directed into a different path. Brown will most likely go back to his career, and live on in the business field.
Messam’s release is not a surprise by any means due to the existence of an overload at the running back position with Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, Steve Slaton, and Lamar Miller. The former Canadian Football League player will have to set his eyes on a new team or return to that respected league.
With the Edmonton Eskimos, Messam recorded 195 carries for 1,057 yards. His production could land him a roster spot with another CFL team.
If the Miami Dolphins are envisioning a bright future, they will have to make tough and right decisions. With that, don’t be shocked if more players are cut on Sunday as urgency will play a role to find their identity.