Which receivers will stick with the team?
The performance of Miami’s wide receivers has been one of the more pleasant developments of this training camp. The only problem is that they can’t hold onto all of them. Of course, not every player is in danger of being cut here. We can break down the receiver room into three categories: Safe, decent chance to make the team, and on the roster bubble.
Jaylen Waddle was just taken sixth overall. Will Fuller’s contract is almost completely guaranteed, so trading or cutting him wont even save them money. Parker could potentially be traded, but considering they have him under contract for the next three years at a reasonable salary its doubtful that their return would net more value than he brings (when healthy). Wilson is the surprise name here. Prior to training camp, he seemed to be firmly on the bubble and a possible cut. He has shown enough chemistry with Tua in camp that they would have to be crazy to cut or trade him now.
Decent chance to make the team
Well we already don’t have enough roster spots to keep all of the “safe,” and “decent chance to make the team” players. With Fuller being suspended for the first game of the season, they are likely to roll into the year with eight on the roster (seven for week one plus Fuller who will likely take one of their spots week two). A lot of fans thought Jakeem was dead to rights, but after another strong training camp he may just sneak in. Preston Williams is on such a cheap contract, but his inability to see the field could cost him. My expectation is that either Foster or Hollins will make it, but not both. Lynn Bowden was traded for just last offseason, but the he could fall victim to the numbers game.
On the roster bubble
There is a chance that one or two of these players surprisingly make the team, but in all likelihood they’ll be outright cut or signed to the practice squad. Ford and Hurns have both had pretty impressive camps, but they just have too many good players on the roster.
This list is always going to be subject to change. Each player has a chance to stand out over the next three weeks and lock down their spot on the roster. A few months ago, most people would have said Albert Wilson had a very slim chance to make the team, now he is all but guaranteed a spot. Translation: things can change, and in a hurry.