Breaking Down the Dolphins' Latest Roster Moves

Alain Poupart

For the second consecutive day, the Dolphins have waived two players, and this time it was defensive end Avery Moss and linebacker Trent Harris. They followed WR Ricardo Louis and QB Jake Rudock, who were waived Saturday.

The moves left the Dolphins with 83 players on their roster, not counting Brazilian lineman Durval Queiroz Neto, for whom they have a roster exemption.

Keep in mind that NFL teams have the option of having 80 or 90 players at the start of training camp, though they have to be down to 80 players regardless by Aug. 16.

While some may view it as surprising that the Dolphins have waived four veterans this weekend instead of one of their rookie free agents, especially considering Moss (8) and Harris (3) combined to make 11 starts last season, this could be seen as a statement on what the organization thought of their personnel in 2019.

In short, the Dolphins may be just believe the upside of their rookie free agents is greater than that of the players they have let go.

The one rookie free agent no longer on the roster is defensive tackle Ray Lima, but he actually retired.

The Dolphins still have nine rookie free agents: WR Kirk Merritt, WR Matt Cole, TE Bryce Sterk, C Donell Stanley, T Nick Kaltmayer, DL Tyshun Render, DT Benito Jones, LB Kylan Johnson and T Jonathan Hubbard.

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Alain Poupart
Alain Poupart

Editor

If the Dolphins thought either Moss or Harris had more upside, they would have kept him over the UDFAs to give them a chance to reach that potential. Why keep the UDFAs if you don't think they could be better than either Moss or Harris?

Markz
Markz

Releasing Avery and Harris has nothing to do with UDFA's listed, has to do with the drafted rookies Weaver and Stowebridge + the two FA DE's they signed. They are set at DE, and at LB with McMillan, Baker, Van Noy, Biegel, Elandon and Van Ginkel.


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