Why the Miami Dolphins won’t have any surprise cuts in August
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins are still a bit out from the start of training camp and while many on social media have opted for early 53 man roster predictions, no surprise cuts will be coming.
Most of the damage that the Dolphins have done to the roster has already been done. Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh, Mike Pouncey, and that pretty much ends the list. So what is in store for the Dolphins and their roster come the final week of training camp? Not much.
For the most part this years team can be a lot more predictable. With big names gone the list of potential surprises has dwindled. There still are a few players who could surprise but more than likely not.
Over the last few years Cameron Wake has been a player that some mention as a potential trade option through camp. Never on the cusp of not making the roster but his trade value dwindles each year as he gets older. This year there is no talk of Wake being a cap or trade option. He is expected to be a major player on defense, again.
One name to keep an eye on is defensive end Andre Branch. Branch won’t be cut because there is no salary cap benefit but if another team loses a DE during the late summer sessions, Miami could move the DE and save all but $2 million of his contract.
The Dolphins are deep at defensive end and last year Branch was average but even the Dolphins know that he can be disruptive.
Would it be a surprise if Isaac Asiata got cut? He didn’t play much if at all last season and so far has been dissappointing. Still the Dolphins knew he would be a project when they drafted him last year and it has only been one season. It would be mildly surprising to see the team give up on a mid-round draft pick so early but Jesse Davis has risen to the top of the guard position outside of Josh Sitton.
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Another name that would not be a surprise is linebacker Stephone Anthony. Anthony came via trade last season and the former first round pick of the Saints did not have his 5th year option picked up. Anthony has struggled to get on the field and hasn’t been productive when he is on it.
While the Dolphins have a lot of players with recognizable names, like Gavin Escobar, none of them are locks or would be surprises to miss the final 53. Miami has a good core of players entering training camp but the team as a whole is not filled with players that would shock anyone if they didn’t make it.