On the roster: DE Ryan Baker, DE/NT Paul Soliai, DE Phillip Merling, DE Lionel Dotson, DE Rodrique Wright, DE/NT Randy Starks, DE Kendall Langford, DE Tony McDaniel, NT Joe Cohen, NT Jason Ferguson, NT Louis Ellis
Number likely to be kept: 7
On the 2008 opening-day roster: DE Kendall Langford, NT Jason Ferguson, DE Vonnie Holliday, DE Randy Starks, NT Paul Soliai, DE Phillip Merling, DE Lionel Dotson, DE Rodrique Wright
The big training camp question: Are the Dolphins going to regret having released Vonnie Holliday in the offseason, or is Phillip Merling ready to take the next step and replace him in the starting lineup?
Analysis: After spending a good part of the 2008 offseason rebuilding the defensive line, the Dolphins pretty much stayed pat this time around. The only changes involved Holliday and the acquisition of Tony McDaniel in a trade with Jacksonville. What the Dolphins really are counting on, though, is the continued improvement of their young players, such as Langford, Merling and Dotson, the three draft picks from 2008. Of course, none of that will matter if the Dolphins don't find a dependable backup for nose tackle Jason Ferguson and he ends up getting injured.
Who will make the team: Langford, Ferguson, Merling, Starks, Soliai, Dotson, Wright