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Dolphins: Final Roster, Final Releases, and more…

Welcome to the Daily Miami Dolphins Notes, on September 5th, 2020. The topics are, Dolphins final 53 man roster, final cuts, and more…

Eight More Players Cut

Offense

Aug 24, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Kemon Hall (37) defends Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Gary Jennings (11) during the fourth quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Jones, a wide receiver, is the second player that is released today. Jones has 11 receptions, 80 receiving yards, and one touchdown. Gary Jennings, wide receiver, is the third player released today. Jennings has one game, but no receiving stats. Salvon Ahmed, running back, is the fourth player released today. Ahmed has no stats so far in his NFL career.

Defense

Jun 11, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Tae Hayes (30) walks off of the field during mandatory minicamp #1 at the Dream Finders Homes practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Trent Harris, linebacker, is the first player that is released today. Harris has 22 tackles, one tackle for loss, 2.5 sacks, and two quarterback hits. Tae Hayes, a cornerback, is the fifth player released today. Hayes has two passes defended, seven tackles, in three games. Kylan Johnson, linebacker, is the sixth player released today. Johnson has 132 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, eight sacks, in his collegiate career. Benito Jones, defensive tackle, is the seventh player released today. Jones has 132 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, in his collegiate career. Durval Queiroz Neto, defensive tackle, is the eighth player released today. Neto has no stats so far in his NFL career.

Miami Dolphins 53 Man Roster

Quarterbacks (2): Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa

Nov 9, 2019; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) drops back to pass against the LSU Tigers during the second quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the 38-year-old quarterback, who is the most notorious journeyman in the NFL. Last season, Fitzpatrick has 3,529 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Tua Tagovailoa is a rookie this season, so he will be the backup or possible starter for the Dolphins. Tagovailoa has 2,840 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and three interceptions in his last college season. 

Running Backs (6): Matt Breida, Chandler Cox, Myles Gaskin, Jordan Howard, Patrick Laird, and Malcolm Perry

October 27, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (22) celebrates after getting a first down against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Breida and Jordan Howard are going to be the main two running backs going into the season. Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin will both be good back-up running backs, who could step into a bigger role in the future. Chandler Cox is the starting fullback for the team this season, after being a rookie last season. Malcolm Perry will be playing quarterback, running back, wide receiver, but on the depth chart, he is listed as a running back. 

Wide Receiver (6): Lynn Bowden Jr., Isaiah Ford, Jakeem Grant, Mack Hollins, DeVante Parker, and Preston Williams

Sep 17, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers free safety Tre Boston (33) in the third quarter during a NFL football game at StubHub Center. The Dolphins defeated the Chargers 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

DeVante Parker and Preston Williams will be the main outside receivers for the Dolphins and both should have breakout seasons. Jakeem Grant and Lynn Bowden Jr should be the main two slot receivers, but both may be kick returners as well. Isaiah Ford and Mack Hollins will be bench wide receivers but have the chance of coming in for a play or two each game. 

Tight Ends (3): Mike Gesicki, Adam Shaheen, and Durham Smythe

Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) reacts after making a catch for a first down against the New York Jets during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Gesicki will be the main tight end on the roster this season, as he will have a chance to do even better than last year. Either Durham Smythe or Adam Shaheen could be the back-up tight end, but that position is overall up for grabs.

Offensive Line (9): Julie’n Davenport, Jesse Davis, Michael Deiter, Ereck Flowers, Robert Hunt, Austin Jackson, Ted Karras, Adam Pankey, and Solomon Kindley

Aug 15, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (77) prepares to block against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Jesse Davis and Austin Jackson will most likely be the two starting tackles for the team this season. Ereck Flowers and a mix of Solomon Kindley and Robert Hunt could be the starting offensive guards this season. So far, it sounds as if Michael Deiter will be moving to the center and become the starting center for the Dolphins. Julie’n Davenport, Ted Karras, and Adam Pankey will all become the back-ups just in case one of the starters get hurt.

Defensive Line (7): Raekwon Davis, Davon Godchaux, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Zach Sieler, Jason Strowbridge, and Christian Wilkins

Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) on the field against the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Davon Godchaux will be the starting defensive tackle for the Dolphins this season. Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, and Christian Wilkins will all split snaps at the starting defensive end position for the Dolphins this season. Raekwon Davis and Zach Sieler will be the back-up defensive tackles this season. Jason Strowbridge will be the back-up defensive end for the Dolphins this season. 

Linebacker (7): Jerome Baker, Sam Eguavoen, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Calvin Munson, Elandon Roberts, Andrew Van Ginkel, and Kyle Van Noy

Dec 4, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) celebrates after making a tackle during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Jerome Baker and Elandon Roberts will be the two starting middle linebackers for the Dolphins this season. Kyle Van Noy and Andrew Van Ginkel will be the two starting outside linebackers for the Dolphins. Sam Eguavoen, Kamu Grugier-Hill, and Calvin Munson will be the back-up linebackers for the Dolphins this season.

Cornerback (5): Xavien Howard, Noah Igbinoghene, Byron Jones, Nik Needham, and Jamal Perry

Oct 14, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins corner back Xavien Howard (25) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Xavien Howard, Byron Jones, and Noah Igbinoghene will be the main three cornerbacks for the Dolphins this season. Nik Needham and Jomal Wiltz will be the back-up cornerbacks for the Dolphins this season. 

Safety (5): Clayton Fejedelem, Kavon Frazier, Brandon Jones, Bobby McCain, and Eric Rowe

Dec 11, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain (28) reacts during player introductions before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe will be the starting safeties for the Dolphins this season. Brandon Jones, Kavon Frazier, and Clayton Fejedelem will all be the back-up safeties and some of them will be on special teams. 

Specialists (3): Blake Ferguson, Matt Haack, and Jason Sanders

Aug 17, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Miami Dolphins punter Matt Haack (2) kicks during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Ferguson will be the starting long snapper for the Dolphins this season. Matt Haack will be the starting punter for the Dolphins this season. Jason Sanders will be the starting kicker for the Dolphins this season. 

Brian Flores on Josh Rosen

Nov 17, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Flores says nothing negative about Josh Rosen other than wishing him the best in his NFL career. Flores says, “Josh, he worked, he competed. He did everything we asked. But at the end of the day, we thought that moving on was the best thing for the Miami Dolphins.” This shows that the Dolphins have trust in Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa as the main quarterbacks on the team. Flores is asked what would happen if Rosen had to go into the game, his response, “if he had to go in, he’d prepare himself and do the best he could… He’s shown a lot of improvement.” Overall, Flores wishes Rosen the best, but he does not have a place in Miami currently. 

Injury Details

Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage (27) warms up prior to thegame against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Today, lots of details on some minor injuries came out today. Devante Parker is riding the bike at practice today, which is more improvements. Mike Gesicki is not at practice today, but we do not know the reason behind it. Xavien Howard says he’s feeling better, but he is not definite for the week one game against the Patriots. Also, the Dolphins place Kalen Ballage on an injury settlement list. Overall, not many injuries, which is a good sign for the team going into week one. 

Xavien Howard’s Interview

Xavien Howard has an interview today, and he talks about his injury and some of his teammates. Howard tells reporters that “I’m just focused on the Patriots right now.” showing his true leadership. Also, Howard talks about his current two safeties by saying “Having two safeties that can come down and cover like Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe should make everyone else’s job a little bit easier.” Howard also speaks about Noah Igbinoghene by saying “Strong, fast kid. Learning from the older guys. He’s been improving each day.” Overall, hopefully, Howard will be healthy week one, so he can play against the Patriots.

Tua Tagovailoa Details

Today’s Tua details are all about Ereck Flowers speaking about Tua today. Ereck Flowers says, “Tua is learning his ways, watching the film, watching Ryan. How he’s doing things, he’s been doing things the right way. When he gets his shot, he’s going to do very well.” Tua is one of the hardest workers on the field right now, so I would not be surprised if he is starting at some point in the season.

Lynn Bowden Jr. Trade

Dec 31, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr. (1) before the start of the Belk Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Today, the Raiders are trading running back and returner Lynn Bowden Jr and a sixth-round pick to the Dolphins in exchange for a fourth-round pick. The Dolphins are sending the same fourth-round pick that the Raiders sent earlier for Raekwon McMillan. The Miami Dolphins believe that Bowden Jr could be a wide receiver for the team, which is what he is on the depth chart. Overall, Bowden Jr is possibly going to be the returner for the Dolphins this season and allow Grant to play slot receiver. 

Brian Flores on the Starting Quarterback

As some of the players want Fitzpatrick, while others want Tua, we have heard some inside information on the matter at hand. The Dolphins will not tell the media who will be the starting quarterback, but players say Fitzpatrick is being prepared to be the starter. Overall, Fitzpatrick is right now the starting quarterback for the Dolphins heading into week one. 

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