Breaking Down the Roster Cuts

The Dolphins' moves to get down to the roster limit of 75 by the 4 p.m. deadline weren't expected to be very noteworthy, but as it turned out they were two fairly prominent names on the list of players released — Jorvorskie Lane and Lance Louis.

Lane was a surprise on the Dolphins roster last season after he signed in June, but it seemed his spot on the team was put in doubt after reports surfaced in the offseason that the Dolphins had interest in veteran fullback Vonta Leach.

As training camp and the preseason unfolded, Lane found himself playing a very limited role on offense, with the Dolphins often using a tight end as lead blocker.

Lane's departure leaves only Evan Rodriguez at fullback, although Charles Clay technically is listed as a fullback/tight end.

At this point, though, it's not unreasonable to think that Rodriguez will be on the 53-man roster.

As for Louis, he was signed as a free agent in March with the hope he could bounce back from a knee injury he sustained last November while a member of the Chicago Bears.

Louis was even expected to complete for the starting right guard under the assumption he could get back to form, but it never happened. Louis missed the first two preseason games and never really seemed in the mix.

As a vested veteran, the Dolphins would have had to guarantee his contract had he been on the opening-day roster, so maybe the possibility exists they could revisit adding him to the roster.

As for the other players let go, the two most noteworthy were wide receivers Jeff Fuller and Julius Pruitt.

Fuller was viewed as an intriguing undrafted free agent last year because of his size and his familiarity with Ryan Tannehill from their days at Texas A&M, but he never showed the consistency required to make an impact.

As for Pruitt, he was brought back for another shot with the Dolphins, but never made an impact at wide receiver.

The other names on the cut list included LB David Hinds, LB Nathan Williams, LB Michael Clay, WR Andrell Smith and DE Emeka Onyenekwu.

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