The five-game preseason for the Miami Dolphins is officially in the books. Final roster cuts will be due for all teams on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. Therefore, it’s a good time to provide our final 53-man roster projection heading into the 2013 season.
Here is how I view Miami's 53-man roster shaking out on Saturday:
Analysis: The Dolphins will debate heavily over the next 24 hours whether to keep three quarterbacks. It could go either way, but Pat Devlin is practice-squad eligible and I expect them to take advantage of it. Miami could use the third-quarterback spot to boost depth in other areas of need.
Analysis: Three tailbacks are usually the norm for most teams. Jonas Gray was just starting to make a push for Miami to keep four running backs. But his struggles as of late most likely pushes him to the practice squad.
Fullback (1): Evan Rodriguez
Analysis: Rodriguez beat out Jorvorskie Lane this week due to his versatility and athleticism. Lane was released early on Tuesday. Rodriguez is a better receiver out of the backfield and also athletic enough to contribute on special teams.
Analysis: Miami will be fine at receiver if everyone stays healthy. But this group has some question marks behind the starters. Thigpen, a natural running back, gets stashed here due to the lack of depth and Miami’s need for another slot option.
Analysis: Dustin Keller’s season-ending knee injury weakens this group significantly. Miami must hope one of these young tight ends come of age fast. Perhaps Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland scans the waiver wire for additional help at tight end in the coming days.
Analysis: The Dolphins need more quality depth here. Samuda and Garner both bring value as backups due to their position flexibility.
Analysis: This is Miami’s deepest area, especially if first-round pick Dion Jordan (shoulder) is ready for Week 1 of the regular season. A.J. Francis nearly gets a spot, but his play has tailed off in the past two weeks. Francis goes to the practice squad.
Analysis: Depth behind the starters is an issue here, as well. Trusnik and Spitler both are contributors on special teams. Jenkins is a rookie draft pick who needs more time to develop.
Analysis: Ten defensive backs are a lot. But I think you need six corners considering Will Davis and Jamar Taylor are not 100 percent to start the season. I predict Stanford gets one of the last roster spots until Davis and Taylor are fully recovered.
Analysis: This group won’t change. Sturgis has actually kicked better in his first training camp and preseason after the release of veteran kicker Dan Carpenter.
Last five in: Stanford, McCray, Yeatman, Freeny, Spitler
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