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The Dolphins regime has done it again. Over the last few years since the arrival of President Bill Parcells, GM Jeff Ireland, and Coach Tony Sparano, they have made one message clear.
If you aren’t among the best 53 men on the roster, regardless of your past, drafted or not, you will not make this football team.
The triumvirate struck again today with the release of last year’s second- and third-round selections in Pat White and Patrick Turner, respectively.
Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post was the first to report the White release while the Miami Herald was among the first to report Turner’s abrupt end.
Last year’s starting guard Donald Thomas was also released, in addition to nose tackle Montavious Stanley and linebackers Erik Walden and Austin Spitler.
How often do you see a team part with the second- and third-round picks from the year before? And then they part with a starting guard on the one of the league’s best offensive lines last year.
This sends another bold message to anyone who wants to play for this team. Bring it every day or bring it elsewhere. Thomas was said to not have the same urgency as he did last summer, and it ultimately cost him his job.
This means that undrafted rookie receivers Roberto Wallace and Marlon Moore will almost definitely make the team. Of the Dolphins five receivers on the roster, three went undrafted (Bess was undrafted in 2008).
Wallace is intriguing talent because of his size (6’4″ 225) and speed (4.4 forty). He also has shown the ability to come down with the high balls over the middle.
Moore has the speed and elusiveness to make big plays with the ball in his hands. Look for the Dolphins to utilize him in the short passing game and then on plays like end-arounds and bubble screens.
Everyone assumed Turner would claim one of the final two spots when they traded Greg Camarillo last week. Well, that’s not the case, because he was beaten out by two rookies who wanted it more than he did.
It’s no coincidence that Miami’s roster has a bunch of these players because the ones without all the hype coming out of college are often the guys who work the hardest.
There still will be more cuts coming, as Miami must get the roster down to 53 by 4 p.m. today. I’ll keep you updated.