Released: Pat White
Analysis: This was one of the easiest positions to predict. The only question is whether another team in the league will give White a shot.
Released: Rolly Lumbala
Analysis: Another easy position to predict. Lumbala actually didn't look bad during his audition with the Dolphins, but he had no shot to unseat Lousaka Polite at fullback.
Analysis: Turner getting released certainly was an eye-opener, particularly with Wallace beating him out. The fact that Turner doesn't really play special teams wound up costing him a roster spot. This will go down as a wasted third-round pick. Yuck!
Released: David Martin
Analysis: That one is a shocker. It's been suggested that Martin was released so the Dolphins wouldn't have to guarantee him his salary for the full season by being on the roster in the first game, but he was scheduled to make $755,000 in base salary, which is not huge money. Nothing against Nalbone, but we saw him drop a lot of passes in camp and just don't understand him being kept. This is one position where we can easily see the Dolphins doing something else before long.
Analysis: The one surprising name here is Donald Thomas, but then again he seemed to become an afterthought along the offensive line as training camp moved on. Hartline's release is another indication not to read too much in who lines up with the first team during training camp. Maybe Murtha being kept qualifies as a bit of a surprise, but the big move here clearly was the one involving Thomas.
Analysis: Nothing surprising here. It's been suggested that the Dolphins will look to replace Grant and Douglas because of their age, but they're still productive players. On an off-the-field note, it's sad to see Baker go because he's a great guy.
Analysis: The only real suspense here was whether the Dolphins would keep Walden, a very good special teams player, or Moses as the ninth linebacker. Moses being the choice might quality as a mild upset. Micah Johnson might be a surprise to some fans, but the Dolphins were going to keep four inside linebackers, and Johnson clearly looks like a better player than either Spitler or Folsom.
Analysis: Absolutely nothing surprising here. The Dolphins needed to keep 10 DBs because of Will Allen's injury and nobody released was a big name. Some might think Nate Ness was a surprise because he got a lot of publicity after the first preseason game, but it was one game against Tampa Bay's backups.
Analysis: Does there need to be one? The Dolphins had only one punter, one kicker and one long-snapper on the roster.