When initial reports began to trickle out about Patrick Turner getting the boot in favor of Roberto Wallace and Marlon Moore, I thought my 53-man roster prediction from yesterday was in pretty good shape. It didn't take long for the Dolphins to disagree with me though.
They decided to only keep three true guards by releasing Donald Thomas, who started 12 games last season. Despite bringing in Pat McQuistan in a trade yesterday, Lydon Murtha wasn't let go, which suggest McQuistan will also be looked at as a guard, much like Nate Garner's hybrid role, but don't be surprised if the Dolphins look to add a tackle through the waiver wire.
Quentin Moses prevented his roster bubble from bursting once again, beating out special-teams contributor Erik Walden. But there's no doubt, today's biggest surprise was the release of David Martin, and John Nalbone making the team as the No. 2 tight end.
No, Martin didn't do a whole lot in the preseason, but his past had most Dolphins related writers thinking he was a lock to make the team. It's hard to believe the coaches and front office acutally think Nalbone is ready to step in and get extensive playing time, which would happen considering how many two tight end sets the Dolphins use.
That's why my initial reaction to this is either the Dolphins plan to pick up another tight end through the waiver wire, acquire one through a trade, they have decided to run more three receiver sets, thus abandoning tight two end formations as their bread and butter, or they are planning to resign Martin after Week 1 to avoid paying him guaranteed money. I guess all we can do is stay tuned.
Without further ado, please welcome your 2010 Miami Dolphins! A full list of today's cuts can be seen below the 53-man roster.
QB: Chad Henne, Chad Pennington, Tyler Thigpen
RB: Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Patick Cobbs, Lex Hilliard
FB: Lousaka Polite
TE: Anthony Fasano, John Nalbone
WR: Brandon Marshall, Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore
OT: Jake Long, Vernon Carey, Lydon Murtha, Pat McQuistan
OG: John Jerry, Richie Incognito, Cory Procter
C: Jake Grove, Joe Berger
DE: Kendall Langford, Jared Odrick, Marques Douglas, Tony McDaniel, Charles Grant
NT: Randy Starks, Paul Soliai
OLB: Cameron Wake, Koa Misi, Ikaika Alama-Francis, Charlie Anderson, Quentin Moses
ILB: Karlos Dansby, Channing Crowder, Tim Dobbins, Micah Johnson
CB: Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Will Allen, Nolan Carroll, Jason Allen, Benny Sapp
S: Yeremiah Bell, Chris Clemons, Tyrone Culver, Reshad Jones
SPECIAL TEAMS (3)
K: Dan Carpenter
P: Brandon Fields
LS: John Denney
TE David Martin
NT Montavious Stanely
QB Pat White
CB Ross Weaver
OLB Erik Walden
WR Patrick Turner
OG Donald Thomas
ILB Austin Spitler
WR Julius Pruitt
CB Nate Ness
OLB Chris McCoy
FB Rolly Lumbala
CB Kevin Hobbs
C Andrew Hartline
OT Andrew Gardner
ILB J.D. Folsom
OG Ray Feinga
DE Lionel Dotson
DE Ryan Baker
S Jonathon Amaya