The Dolphins don't officially have to trim down from 85 players to 80 until next Tuesday, but that didn't stop them from cutting loose a few camp bodies. The team officially announced that defensive backs K. J. Gerard and Jose Perez, as well as nose tackle Johnny Jones, have been placed on waivers.
Signed on Aug. 10 to provide defensive back depth in practice, Gerard has bounced around for a few seasons (primarily with Baltimore) and really only had a chance to make the roster if he stood out on special teams. He did total two tackles in the preseason opener against Atlanta.
Jones and Perez were both signed by the Dolphins as undrafted free agents after the lockout was lifted. Jones had a nondescript collegiate career at Marshall, while Perez was a cornerback at San Diego State following some time in the Yankees' minor-league system.
Now with 82 players, the Dolphins must make two more moves by Tuesday's cut-down deadline. The final cut to 53 players is Sept. 3.
The departures of Gerard and Perez give the Dolphins eight cornerbacks vying for likely five spots. Fellow undrafted rookie Vince Agnew is probably the longest shot of the bunch, with Nate Ness following him. Seventh-round rookie Jimmy Wilson, on the other hand, looks to be safe after a strong camp.
Veteran cornerback Will Allen could represent the biggest name cut in the secondary and really needs to have a strong showing in the final two preseason games to have a chance to stick around. The 33-year-old who restructured his contract in the offseason and was expected to compete with Benny Sapp for the nickel job hasn't played a game since October 2009 and has missed time in camp due to injury.
It's also no surprise to see Jones cut as he wasn't a very good prospect coming out of college and had no realistic shot at making the team. He had been serving as the fourth nose tackle behind Ronald Fields and Frank Kearse, who are likely competing for one spot behind starter Paul Soliai. Ryan Baker and Phillip Merling could also factor into this battle.
Having been cut even before the first trim deadline, you can pretty much count all three of these guys out for a chance at the practice squad. Teams typically keep the guys they want for the practice squad around until the very last day of cuts, so these three clearly don't interest the Dolphins all that much.
As for the next two roster moves to expect, some names I'd throw out there of guys in danger include wide receivers Julius Pruitt and Patrick Carter, tight end Brett Brackett, offensive linemen D. J. Jones and Tyler Donahue, inside linebackers David Nixon and Mike Rivera and safety Mark Restelli.
There's also a chance rookie guard Garrett Chisolm, who has been on the Active/Non-Football Injury list since the beginning of camp as he still recovers from a torn ACL suffered in December, could be moved to the reserve form of the list, which would open up a roster spot.
As always, check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.
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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and currently works for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.