Miami Dolphins: Cutdown analysis

September, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


Biggest surprise: None of the Miami Dolphins' final cuts can be labeled a surprise.

The most notable move was putting outside linebacker Matt Roth on the non-football injury list. Roth, the strong-side incumbent, missed every rep of training camp and the preseason with a mysterious groin injury that has Dolfans wondering whether he's dogging it to protest not getting a new contract or the team is punishing him for not coming to camp in shape. Now he'll be unavailable for six games.

The biggest name among Saturday's departed was receiver Brandon London, who caught only three passes last year but was valuable on special teams. Then again, the Dolphins haven't been too happy with their special teams lately.

No-brainers: Few roster moves the Dolphins made required heavy thought, especially Saturday. The only spots up for grabs when camp opened in August were at the bottom of the roster. Yes, there were starting jobs to compete for, but they essentially knew what players were going to suit up for them on Sundays.

Andy Alleman and Ikechuku Ndukwe might've been significant dismissals Saturday had they not been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago. They were the starting guards in last year's playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, but they were deemed expendable. The Dolphins previously cut veteran cornerback Eric Green.

What's next: The Dolphins seem to have some adjustments to make with numbers at certain positions. They have only eight offensive linemen, but kept an extra tight end and a running back. They have six outside linebackers and only three inside linebackers.

Those allotments could be tweaked based on what castoffs interest football operations boss Bill Parcells and coach Tony Sparano.

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