Jul 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) during a scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-Preseason Miami Dolphins Roster Projections

Jul 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Gibson (10) runs during a scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Dolphins have many intriguing position battles to watch this preseason. Therefore, before the Miami Dolphins square off against the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow to kick off the preseason, let’s take a look at our projected 53 man roster for the upcoming season.



Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Pat Devlin.


  • No change here and no real surprise. This is Tannehill’s team.
  • Moore will serve as the team’s back-up again this season. He gives the Dolphins a great fallback option in case of injury to their young signal caller. 

Running Back:


Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee, Marcus Thigpen.


  • Miller has shown flashes of brilliance thus far and should continue to improve heading into the season. The former Miami Hurricane will be the team’s top option at the running back position.
  • Thomas will likely be the team’s third-down back. His versatility as a runner, blocker and receiver will make him a valuable asset if he can become consistent holding on to the football.
  • Gillislee will be an interesting player to watch during the preseason. The former Florida Gator will look to battle Thomas for the back-up spot behind Miller.
  • Thigpen is actually seeing some snaps in the slot, which could end up becoming a home for the speedy return man. While he may be seeing snaps at receiver, he is still listed as a running back.




Charles Clay


  • Clay will be the only “fullback” the team will keep on it’s 53 man roster. His versatility will be the deciding factor in the end over Jovorskie Lane.



Wide Receiver:


Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews, Marvin McNutt.


  • While Wallace has been side-lined with a groin injury and may sit out a few preseason games, Miami’s new toy should be ready to go for the team’s opener.
  • Hartline will be looking to build on last year’s 1,000 season.
  • Gibson is my wild-card this season. While many cannot understand why the team brought him in, it’s quite clear in my eyes. His strong hands and excellent body control are a perfect fit for Miami’s pass attack.
  • Matthews will look to build on a decent rookie season. While he is no lock to make the team, he is the best option to fill the fourth receiver spot.
  • I would like to give Fuller the nod here, but he has been unable to impress the coaching staff thus far which is a big concern. McNutt has impressed many during his short stint with Miami. The team should get a good look from the former Iowa receiver this Sunday against Dallas.


Tight End:


Dustin Keller, Dion Sims, Kyle Miller.


  • Keller is probably the best offseason acquisition that nobody is talking about. His skill set gives Tannehill a safety valve, while also giving Miami the best tight end they have had since Randy McMichael was roaming the field.
  • Sims has impressed many not only with his blocking skills, but with his receiving ability. The Michigan State man has looked good thus far meaning he should see a nice work-load come Sunday.
  • Michael Egnew and Kyle Miller will battle it out for the final tight end spot. While Egnew looked great during OTAs, the former Missouri tight end has looked lost and just awful during training camp. Miller, on the other hand, has steadily improved and gets the nod here.


Jul 21, 2013; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (51) during training camp at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports


Left Tackle:


Jonathan Martin, Nate Garner.


  • I hear the naysayers already, “We should have drafted Lane Johnson” – “We should have traded for Albert” – “We should have re-signed Long”. While I can agree with one of those statements, let’s calm down. While Martin has looked awful so far during training camp, he is also going against one of the league’s best defensive line units. Until we see some game action, calm down.
  • Garner is the “utility knife man”. Although the team loves his ability to play multiple positions along the line, could the team think about cutting Garner to save some money? Will Yeatman could get the nod over Garner if the team decides to turn elsewhere.


Left Guard:


Richie Incognito, Dallas Thomas.


  • Incognito will likely return as the team’s left guard. Although the offensive line has been shifting around in recent weeks due to injuries, don’t read too much into it.
  • Thomas will enter his rookie season as the team’s back-up guard/tackle along with Garner. If one of the starters does not perform well or goes down due to injury, the former Tennessee man could see some action.




Mike Pouncey, Josh Samuda.


  • Pouncey will return to cement himself as the league’s best center and battle Cameron Wake for the title of Miami’s best player overall.
  • Samuda is a valuable asset to have as he can play all three positions along the offensive line – seems like a reoccurring theme, eh?


Right Guard:


John Jerry, Lance Louis.


  • Jerry has been injured a bit, but should be ready to go for the season. It’s beginning to look like the team is not impressed with Louis as Jerry’s back-up meaning the team may part ways with the former Chicago Bear.


Right Tackle:


Tyson Clabo, Nate Garner.


  • Clabo will help solidify the right side of Miami’s offensive line. Although he is a new face, do not expect any growing pains.


Defensive End:


Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, Dion Jordan, Derrick Shelby.


  • Wake will be the team’s top defensive play-maker this season along the defensive line.
  • Vernon has shown up this season for camp bigger, faster and stronger. The former Miami Hurricane is looking like a beast and may enter the season as the starter opposite Wake.
  • Jordan has been slowly recovering, but has looked well so far. Let’s see how that shoulder holds up during the preseason before we just hand him the job.


Jul 26, 2013; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Philip Wheeler (52) pulls on the jersey of tight end Kyle Miller (86) during training camp at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports


Defensive Tackle:


Paul Soliai, Randy Starks, Jared Odrick, Vaughn Martin, Kheeston Randall.


  • Soliai and Starks form one of the league’s top defensive tackle duos. These two will return this season to push Miami’s defense among the elite.
  • Jared Odrick can finally move back to his more natural defensive tackle position. This move will not only add depth, but will also give Miami a pass rushing defensive tackle.
  • Martin looks good so far and could end up playing a significant role for Miami this season in the defensive line rotation.


Outside Linebacker:


Philip Wheeler, Koa Misi, Josh Kaddu, Jelani Jenkins.


  • Wheeler looks the part of a speedy linebacker thus far. His speed and instincts are something Miami has been missing at the linebacker position for quite some time.
  • Koa Misi has been performing well also. He is entering the last season of his rookie deal and must “break out” this year if he hopes to return to Miami next season.
  • Kaddu has similar qualities to Wheeler. He possesses speed and athleticism at the linebacker position. If Kaddu performs well, we could be seeing a replacement for Misi.
  • Jelani Jenkins is another athletic linebacker the team has on it’s roster. Jenkins will look to put together a strong rookie season to compete for a starting gig next season.


Middle Linebacker:


Dannell Ellerbe, Austin Spitler.


  • While Ellerbe is unproven, reports out of camp so far are suggesting he looks great and is an excellent vocal leader. Ellerbe must perform well this season to shut his naysayers up.
  • Spitler has been the team’s top back-up linebacker for quite some time now and that will not change this season. Spitler is also one of the team’s top special teams performers, too valuable to cut.




Brent Grimes, Richard Marshall, Will Davis, Jamar Taylor, Nolan Carroll.


  • Grimes has been an absolute ball-hawk thus far and should continue to cement himself as the team’s top play-maker in the back-end of the defense.
  • Richard Marshall has been running with the first team defense and until I see otherwise, he will be teaming with Grimes to form Miami’s starting corner duo.
  • Will Davis was seen as an incredibly raw prospect coming out of college, but he is looking the part of a veteran. Davis has been a ball-hawk so far and has been getting his hands on the ball every time the coaches look his way.




Free Safety:


Chris Clemons, Kelcie McCray, Don Jones.


  • Clemons has been the vocal leader of the secondary thus far and should continue to build on a strong 2013 season.
  • McCray will be the back-up here in this spot. If Clemons does not perform well, McCray could steal the starting job.
  • Jones will be kept for his versatility. The former Arkansas State safety can also play corner.




Strong Safety:


Reshad Jones, Jimmy Wilson.


  • Reshad Jones will look to break-out this season. That’s right, I said he will break-out this year. Last season was only the beginning.




Caleb Sturgis.


  • Although Sturgis has struggled thus far, so has Carpenter. Carpenter has been an excellent kicker for Miami, but Sturgis is the way to go.




Brandon Fields.


  • Brandon Fields has absolutely nothing to worry about. 

Long Snapper:


John Denney.


  • Denney has been one of the best for quite some time now. While some suggest the team could opt for the cheaper option, Denney is the team’s longest tenured player.






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  • Johnny

    You got 54 players listed above.. Got to lose an OLineman.. They need 10 with Garner being so versatile..

    • Johnny

      Actually you got Garner listed twice.. So, your good.. Still 9 Oline should be good enough with Garner being so versatile. If WR Bumphis or Pruit, Davis can excel at WR and must be a standout on Special Teams.. One of them should make the 53..

  • Johnny

    Also, they will keep another CB.. Even though Dimitri Patterson is getting too much $$$, he’ll probably make the team.. He’s the best #2 CB on team as of right now.. And Marshall has a nagging back injury dating back to last year..

  • Johnny

    Eitherway… Their going to lose some good talent… Bumphis will be snatched it a minute.. Won’t even make it to practice squad.. But, I’m sure we will snatch a few guys in the next few weeks..

  • Johnny

    Good post.. Your 53 man opinion is pretty much on.. But, who knows.. We are going to lose talent to other teams..

    • TylerMcMullen

      Lol let me see if I can cover all of this in just one comment…Yes we don’t know and we won’t really know until cuts begin and even then we don’t know…We will lose some developmental talent but it’s more likely our core players will stay in tact, Philbin won’t allow Ireland to cut someone with an amass amount of potential. Believe it or not, Ireland isn’t that stupid…They may keep another CB. I struggled on who exactly to keep. I kept Don Jones as a S/CB simply because Ireland has a thing for players who can play more than one position. If he performs well this preseason it will give him the edge over the field….I think Bumphis is over-rated, to be quite honest. He’s a slot guy and nothing more. The team needs to find bigger red-zone guys rather than a slot guy. McNutt, Fuller and Tyms all have the edge over the rest of the crop for the final spot. I think in the end it comes down to McNutt and Fuller and it can go either way. All depends on who performs better during the preseason…Lol Thanks for the read and the comment, Johnny.

      • Johnny

        Well.. I like Bumphis.. And if he shines over the next month he can make this team.. I might be alittle biased.. And yes, I know they need bigger WRs.. With a Brandon Marshall type body size 6’4 220 lbs.. But Bump has some talent.. So:: WRs : Wallace, Hart, Gibson, McNutt, Mathews, and Bump.. They usually keep 5-6 WRs.. It’s a shame Binns is out for the year.. I believe he would have beat out Gibson.. Also Bump can play slot.. He’s Bess-like but runs harder after the catch.. It’s too early to say, but I’ll be looking for him tomorrow..

        • TylerMcMullen

          My eyes will be all over the receivers tomorrow man. I was starting to have high hopes for Binns also, it’s a shame. But others will have to step up.

          • Johnny

            Yep.. Looking at WRs.. McNutt and Bump.. Our young CBs.. And some Oline.. Starters might be out there for 1 series (except Wallace and most likely Hartline) Hart says he has alot if family going and it is his old High School field. Sure he wants to play, but coaches will most likely rest him.. Oh yeh.. Also want to check out WR Gibson.. Not sure he’s worth that contract.. Plus CB Patterson is getting paid waay more then his skill set.. Over 4 mil for an undrafted CB who was cut from numerous teams.. We will see…

          • TylerMcMullen

            Hart will play a series. Most starters will likely see about 12-15 snaps. Wallace is out, as is Matthews and probably Jerry. Those are the only injuries and everyone else will suit up. I’m high on Gibson. I think he’s our slot man and I love him in that position. Patterson will be interesting to watch. The way I see it, it’s either Patterson or Carroll. One has got to go.

          • Johnny

            Odrick, Starks, Wallace, and Hartline won’t play. The starting offense will play 1 series, if its a 3 and out or a 12-15 play series like you said.. There’s no reason to have the starters out there for mor than 1 series, cause there’s another 4 preseason games!!! They won’t risk Hartline with his calf, unless he really talks Philbin into playing him.. And don’t get me started on Dimitri Patterson.. Even though he is clearly the #2 CB, he’s getting over 4 mil this year.. He either has to have a monster camp or lower his salary to make this team.. These games are to see who the 3-5 CBs and #4 and #5 WR will be..Tanny will see 1 series no matter what.. You’ll see alot if Moore and Devlin tomorrow.. Along with rookie CBs and RB Gillislee.. Also WRs McNutt, Bump, Pruit, Davis..etc.. Eitherway it will be nice too see a game, even though its a meaningless preseason game!! With all the new faces, it’s a blessing to have an extra pre season game and extra 4-5 days of practice.. To give the team a chance to gel.. BIGGEST CONCERN OF MINE AND ALOT OF PEOPLE IS JONATHAN MARTIN AT LEFT TACKLE!!! Like I said, he was plan C after trying to resign Long and Trade for Albert.. My opinion?? He’s WEAK!!! He only had 20 reps at the combine.. He’s easily bull rushed and juped!! This whole season will come down to LT Martin.. Other then QB, LT is the most important position on this team.. All the weapons they gave Tannehill will mean NOTHING if Martin doesn’t hold down LT..
            Phins up!!!

  • Mohamad Ghaddar

    dimitri Patterson amigo. 2nd best corner after Grimes

    • TylerMcMullen

      Eh, I favor Marshall over Patterson. Patterson will battle with Carroll for a roster spot. Unless he takes a pay cut, he’s gone. Thanks for the read and the comment, Mohamad!