Tough Decisions For Gase ahead of Roster Cuts

The NFL regular season is right around the corner and that spells one thing for first year head coach Adam Gase: Roster cuts.

Are the Miami Dolphins worthy of your online NFL Betting? After Miami finished last in the AFC East last year many fans have mixed feelings about this question. But this isn’t the same team as last year and after a coaching overhaul many are optimistic about the Dolphins having a turnaround season. Adam Gase was brought along as the new head coach and so far he has led Miami to a pretty solid preseason performance, excluding that fluke against Dallas. Gase has had his hands full preparing this team for a rigorous season but now it seems he faces an even more difficult task: roster cuts. The Dolphins currently sit at 78 players and come Saturday evening that number has to be stripped down to 53. Gase will certainly have his fair share of tough choices coming his way and Miami has already stated that he will have the final say.

However Gase isn’t backing down from the challenge and it would seem the 1st year head coach has already gotten a head start on trimming down the roster. Late Monday afternoon came the announcement that the Dolphins had traded their defensive end Chris McCain to the Saints for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. It’s a great way to start things off considering the depth that Miami had at the position but there’s still a lot of work to be done. Let’s check out which positions have the most amount of ‘fat’.

Runningback

Last week it seemed the Dolphins had a solid game plan for the runningback position by placing Isaiah Pead on the 53 and Kenyan Drake on the short-term IR. But now that Pead has suffered a hamstring injury it seems Miami might flip that decision. If the Dolphins elect to keep Pead on the active roster then they would most likely have to cut Damien Williams. It’s unlikely that Miami will keep four runningbacks and with Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi, and Drake’s positions all but locked up, Miami will have to choose between cutting Pead or placing him on the short-term IR.

Wide Receiver

Griff Whalen got some reps with the first team when they faced Atlanta, as well as some snaps during practice. If Miami decides Whalen is a better option for their fourth receiver position then the team will probably have to enter the season with 6 receivers, considering they probably won’t part ways with third-round pick Leonte Carroo or return specialist Jakeem Grant.   Rashawn Scott is a likely candidate to end up on the practice squad.

Offensive Line

Those who bet on NFL games know just how important the line is to winning games. The 5 that started against Dallas are guaranteed a spot on the roster and Dallas Thomas, Billy Turner, and Anthony Steen are the frontrunner to win a backup position. That leaves Kraig Urbik, Sam Young, Jamil Douglas, and Ulrick John to compete for the last backup position.

Quarterback

Matt Moore is the No. 2 and Zac Dysert and Brandon Doughty will have to duke it out for the 3rd slot with one ultimately ending up on the practice squad. There might not be an online NFL bet for who will win the 3rd spot on the roster, but it will be interesting to see nonetheless.

Defensive Backs

The Dolphins will likely settle for 9 defensive backs meaning there’s one open slot behind Byron Maxwell, Xavien Howard, Tony Lippett, Bobby McCain, Reshad Jones, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Michael Thomas and Walt Aikens. Some think the Dolphins might sign a back released by another team or stay internally choosing from Chimidi Chekwa, Rashaan Melvin, Jordan Lucas, Lafayette Pitts, Shamiel Gary, and AJ Hendy. Chekwa seems to be the most talented out of that group.

Defensive Line

Vance Joseph, the defensive coordinator, has stated that the Dolphins will likely keep nine. Cameron Wake, Mario Williams, Ndamukong Suh, Earl Mitchell, Jordan Phillips, Jason Jones, and Andre Branch are sure bets to make the team. Terrence Fede, Julius Warmsley, and Chris Jones will have to compete for the final two spots on the roster.

While one can speculate what moves the Dolphins will make Gase will ultimately be the one calling the shots. There’s plenty of talent to choose from and in the end fans are confident Gase will choose a team that will inspire confidence for your online NFL betting.


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