There are approximately 90 players on the current roster. Some of the names may change day to day but the number of players will remain stable through the first couple of pre-season games. After pre-season game #3 the Miami Dolphins will cut their roster down to 75 players, and after pre-season game #4 they will have to cut an additional 22 players. At that point they will have their 53 man roster, to enter the season.
Except for a couple of positions on the offensive line, we know who the starters should be offensively, although some back-ups from last season will now get a chance to shine. Players like RB Jay Ajayi and WR Devante Parker will step into starting roles. On defense, the Dolphins have a lot more questions. They have a new starter at middle linebacker in Kiko Alonso. But it’s possible either Koa Misi or Jelani Jenkins may be replaced by a less injury prone player, like Neville Hewitt .
In the defensive backfield, there will be 3 new starters to go along with returning starting SS Reshad Jones. And you can expect opposing quarterbacks to challenge that area on the team. As for the D-Line, there may be a couple of new starters there as well. Can DT Jordan Phillips wrestle the starting job from savvy veteran Earl Mitchell and team with Ndamukong Suh to create a passing rushing, run stuffing juggernaut? And can Cameron Wake return from injury to re-take his starting job, or will he be more of a situational only, pass rusher?
With a rookie head coach, mostly new staff and a quarterback looking for consistency, it will make for some surprises this Dolphins season. What the team and fans are hoping for is that the surprises are the kind to make Dolphin-land smile…