The team is currently at 90, with a surplus at nearly every position (especially WR). That means they have to cut 15 players from its roster. There is a possible potential for more than 15 cuts if the Dolphins have an eye for particular individuals from other teams.
“There’s a lot that goes into it,” Gase said. “You’re thinking about the fourth preseason game and what our decision’s gonna be there of who’s playing, and then you have to start thinking of who do you want to make sure you have on the roster when you do your final cuts — they’re available for you as far as possibly getting them back on the practice squad.
“Teams are doing the same thing that we do. As soon as that waiver wire comes out, that personnel department, they don’t go home. They sit there and grind and go through their information. They start watching tape on guys and start looking at where we feel we might be light in a certain position. There’s a lot of work that goes into it, and you have to be somewhat strategic as far as who you possibly let go in this first round. You’re hoping you make the right decision on guys and then at the same time you’re hoping those guys get a chance to get somewhere else. It’s a tough deal because when you start developing relationships with these guys, cutting these guys is not easy.”
Expect more than 15 cuts. The Dolphins still need depth at cornerback, linebacker, and offensive line. The Dolphins could make sacrifices at WR or RB to satisfy these needs.
Although Miami does not have a clear cut #1 back. They also have decent depth there as well.
Jay Ajayi and Arian Foster will likely split carries. Kenyan Drake was a 3rd round pick and most likely won’t be cut due to that investment. Isaiah Pead has produced in practice and in 2 preseason games. This leaves Damien Williams (PUP) and Daniel Thomas as potential victims.
No need to have 6 RB’s on the roster.
And more cuts should come from the corner position. The Dolphins have constantly attained players at that position throughout the offseason. However many have not seemed to work out or have not practiced very much(i.e. Chris Culliver PUP, Al Louis-Jean, Lafayette Pitts, Etc)
This is a difficult time of the year, and many players dreams will come to a possible end. But we all know the NFL is a business, and the Dolphins need to do what is best for the future of the team.