Miami Dolphins: Josh Kaddu

Projecting Dolphins' Week 3 inactives

September, 21, 2013
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The Miami Dolphins will try to improve to 3-0 Sunday when they host the Atlanta Falcons (1-1).

Here is a list of Dolphins you may not see at Sun Life Stadium:

Defensive tackle Paul Soliai and cornerback Dimitri Patterson: Both defensive starters have been ruled out. Soliai has a knee injury and Patterson has a groin injury.

Quarterback Pat Devlin: Miami’s emergency quarterback is getting healthy again following an ankle injury. He’s listed as questionable. But considering quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore will be active, Devlin can afford to rest another week.

Running back Mike Gillislee: The Dolphins’ third running back was inactive in the first two games, and I don’t see that changing. Miami finally showed signs of running the football with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Linebacker Josh Kaddu: Miami hasn’t been able to find him a spot on game days. Other backup linebackers contribute on special teams.

Guard Dallas Thomas: The rookie third-round pick is still green and hasn’t earned the trust of the coaching staff. With Miami’s offensive line in good health, chances are he sits out another week.

Cornerback Jamar Taylor: Miami’s second-round pick is finally ready to return from a groin injury. But Taylor can use another week of rehab and practice to shake the rust. Taylor hasn’t played since the preseason.
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins made their roster cuts to 53 players on Saturday evening. In all, I correctly predicted 50 out of 53 players on Friday, which is a stellar 94.3 percent.

Here is a look at the three calls that I missed:

No. 1: QB Pat Devlin

Walker's bad pick: WR Marvin McNutt

Analysis: Whether to keep or release Devlin was probably the toughest decision Miami’s front office and coaching staff had to make. I predicted Devlin’s release because Miami had two good quarterbacks (Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore), and keeping him would impact depth at another position. The Dolphins went the other way and it impacted depth at wide receiver. Miami only has four receivers after cutting McNutt, who had a solid preseason. Maybe you can count five if you consider tailback and return specialist Marcus Thigpen as a legit slot option. The Dolphins run a lot of three-receiver sets and probably will add another player at that position in the coming days.

No. 2: DB Don Jones

Walker's bad pick: DT Kheeston Randall

Analysis: This one is a head-scratcher. Nothing against Jones, but Miami’s seventh-round pick was my biggest surprise to make the 53-man roster. In my opinion, Jones didn’t show enough in training camp or the preseason to get the nod, especially at the expense of a good backup defensive lineman like Randall. Jones is a draft pick, and that always carries weight with general manager Jeff Ireland. It’s early for Jones. Maybe he eventually turns into a player. But Randall is a good NFL player now and should find work soon.

No. 3: LB Josh Kaddu

Walker's bad pick: LB Austin Spitler

Analysis: This one could have gone either way, especially since Kaddu and Spitler are both backup linebackers. Miami went for the younger player instead. I thought Spitler’s experience and added value on special teams would be enough to get one of the final spots. But an argument could be made for either player. No complaints here with the Dolphins choosing Kaddu. However, all three players who made it are on the hot seat considering the Dolphins are expected to make waiver claims.

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