The Michael Egnew experiment in Miami has apparently reached an unceremonious end today. This afternoon, the Dolphins announced that three players were released. Two of the players come as no surprise, but the release of the much maligned Egnew this early in whittling the roster was a bit surprising, given that he had begun to show promise and versatility at the position.
Egnew was a rumored Joe Philbin selection and was entering his third year with the team. As a player, he was widely panned for his rookie struggles in Miami as well as his struggles to grasp the play speed of the NFL during his rookie season (which were widely documented after they were put on full display on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”). Despite these facts, last season he began to find his role as arguably both the best blocking Tight End and at Fullback during his second season with the team. Egnew was a player that several folks had as a potential candidate to take the next step this season. Following his release that opportunity will likely need to take place elsewhere if he is given another shot in the NFL.
Additional Players Released:
- Micajah Reynolds, DT: A long shot to make the team amidst a logjam along the Dolphins defensive line, the Michigan State product was released.
- Jalil Brown, DB: In his fourth season in the NFL, defensive back Brown was waived/injured. Brown previously spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts.
Following this weekend, the Dolphins and other NFL teams will have until 4 PM EST on August 26th to reduce their team rosters down to seventy five players.