Miami Dolphins make roster moves ahead of 2nd pre-season game

Miami Dolphins cheeleader performs on the sidelines - image by Brian Miller
Miami Dolphins cheeleader performs on the sidelines - image by Brian Miller /

The Miami Dolphins have tweaked their roster this week and will likely continue to do so as the pre-season continues.

While injuries have been the biggest news out of training camp the last two weeks Miami is making roster moves that may not necessarily be linked to replacing the injured players.

Miami has released wide-receiver Jordan Westerkamp and Francis Owusu. Both played o.k. in pre-season game one but neither were competing for a 53 man roster spot. Both had injuries. Westerkamp suffered a hamstring injury and Owusu a knee injury. With the Dolphins releasing two wide-outs, they signed the son of Major League Baseball outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr., Trey Griffey.

The Dolphins also released offensive lineman Kwayde Miller. Miller was not injured.

Griffey was undrafted and signed by the Colts to a three-year deal.  He was waived with an injury designation. Something that plagued him his junior year at Arizona.  He is an extreme longshot to make the Dolphins final roster and may not be able to produce enough to warrant a practice squad spot given the talent ahead of him on the roster.

The Dolphins also signed Jason Jones last week. The defensive end has been in the NFL since 2009 playing for the Titans, Seahawks, and most recently the Lions.  He was in camp with the Saints. Jones will compete to add depth to the defensive end unit but faces a tough road with the talent ahead of him.

Following the injury to Raekwon McMillan the Dolphins signed linebacker Junior Sylvestre to add depth to the unit. Sylvestre is a South Florida Broward County product who was with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015. He was place on IR for the 2015 season and waived in August of 2016. He didn’t play in 2016 but the Dolphins are looking to see if he can repeat some of the success he had at Toledo while in college. Sylvestre is another long shot.

Miami also added wide-out Reshad Lawrence and offensive lineman Sean Hickey. Both have bounced around the NFL trying to find a fit but thus far have not.

While the Dolphins haven’t made a major signing since they added Jay Cutler the NFL’s new rules regarding league wide roster cuts means most players won’t hit the open market until the final cuts that will happen after the 4th pre-season game. There are no more cuts prior to that game. The Dolphins could look to add players at that point with more significant value.