Putting Together the Puzzle

Virtually every NFL team will have to cuts to make to get down to the roster limit of 75 by next Tuesday's deadline, but the Dolphins already are below that number. They're down to 71 players after WR David Kircus and CB Chris Roberson were released on Friday. But that certainly doesn't mean they're done with player moves before the final set of cuts. 71

On the contrary, we would expected the Dolphins to continue tweaking their roster -- and maybe a lot -- before the final cuts to 53 on Saturday, Aug. 30.

The Dolphins are in a good position to add players because they not only have the roster space, they also have first dibs on all waiver claims because they had the worst record in the league last season.

And here's the best part, they will retain the first pick for waiver claims until Sept. 23, which is when this year's standings will begin being used when two teams or more claim the same player off waivers.

There are always some quality players who are released in the final cuts, for a variety of reasons, so the Dolphins should be able to bolster the bottom of their roster in the next 10 days.

It's clearly needed in some areas, with wide receiver and the offensive line quickly coming to mind.

Already, the Dolphins appear to have a lot more depth than they did last season, which actually isn't a great feat.

But for them to improve significantly on their win total, they need to continue building up their depth, which is what the next 10 days will be all about.

The new regime of Tony Sparano, Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells already has begun the replenishing of the roster, and Sparano said during training camp they would continue to "turn over rocks" for the next 2-3 years.

Having four extra roster spots already in hand before Tuesday's roster cuts puts the Dolphins in good position to quickly jump on a player without having to worry about cutting someone immediately to make room.

It should make for an interesting week.


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