5 semi-surprising Miami Dolphins player cuts to get to 53


The Miami Dolphins have their final 53 and while the bottom of the roster will turn and many of the names released will be added to the 16 player practice squad, some of the moves were still surprising given the expectations and their showing in practice and preseason games.

It is always difficult to let players go but when a team opts to keep five tight ends, you have to wonder if some other player could have been kept if one less TE was carried. Regardless, the Dolphins have kept the players that they believe will make them better in 2021 but sometimes, it still surprises.

Bernardrick McKinney was the Dolphins biggest surprise cut and his name became official this afternoon after it was leaked on Monday that he would be gone. McKinney couldn’t hold off Elandon Roberts who returned from injury and looked very focused.

Miami released a total of 27 players over the last two days and while in the end, most were not all that surprising, some, these next four were mild surprises that some thought might get another shot.

With the Dolphins’ first game two weeks from last Sunday, the focus will shift to the practice squad and waiver wire claims. Miami should start filling in the PS sometime tomorrow after players clear waivers.

The Miami Dolphins have their final 53 and while the bottom of the roster will turn and many of the names released will be added to the 16 player practice squad, some of the moves were still surprising given the expectations and their showing in practice and preseason games.

It is always difficult to let players go but when a team opts to keep five tight ends, you have to wonder if some other player could have been kept if one less TE was carried. Regardless, the Dolphins have kept the players that they believe will make them better in 2021 but sometimes, it still surprises.

Bernardrick McKinney was the Dolphins biggest surprise cut and his name became official this afternoon after it was leaked on Monday that he would be gone. McKinney couldn’t hold off Elandon Roberts who returned from injury and looked very focused.

Miami released a total of 27 players over the last two days and while in the end, most were not all that surprising, some, these next four were mild surprises that some thought might get another shot.

With the Dolphins’ first game two weeks from last Sunday, the focus will shift to the practice squad and waiver wire claims. Miami should start filling in the PS sometime tomorrow after players clear waivers.

5 semi-surprising Miami Dolphins player cuts to get to 53

Aug 29, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kirk Merritt (83) catches a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Merritt did everything that he was supposed to do to make the Miami Dolphins roster but the numbers were not lining up for him.

Miami kept seven receivers which shows the amount of depth they have at the position. It is likely that Merritt will be claimed off waivers sometime today. He has too much talent not to be and he will likely see action in the 2021 season. There are plenty of teams who need receiver help, the Detroit Lions come to mind.

If he clears waivers, the Dolphins definitely add him back onto the roster and could put him on the 53 for the first week of the season with Will Fuller serving a one game suspension.

Merritt earned his roster spot through consistently good practices and exhibition games but again, when the numbers are not there, someone tends to be left off. This year, that player was Merritt.

5 semi-surprising Miami Dolphins player cuts to get to 53

Aug 29, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Patrick Laird (32)runs during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Laird signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent two years ago and his time with the team was coming to an end when this season started. Laird is a very good pass-catching running back but the Dolphins’ offense really hasn’t given him the time to truly shine.

While it is surprising that the Dolphins only carried three running backs into the season, we can expect at least one or two to be added to the practice squad. I’m not sure that Laird will be one of them because I’m not sure he will clear waivers.

Laird has a lot to offer and has a good body of work under his two seasons of play. Not every player that gets cut is going to catch on with another team but Laird could be one of those few that do. If he does manage to clear waivers, he should be added to the practice squad and could see himself added back on the 53 man roster at some point during the season.

5 semi-surprising Miami Dolphins player cuts to get to 53

Aug 4, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Shaquem Griffin (53) runs on to the field during training camp at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

is a great story and someone who probably shouldn’t have found the success he has had in the NFL but don’t say he has a handicap. Griffin was released this off-season by the Seattle Seahawks and the Dolphins added him for camp.

Griffin didn’t look bad and showed up with a great attitude but unfortunately, he may have run into a numbers game that simply didn’t have room for him. What is surprising is that Griffin was let go over Duke Riley who really hasn’t done much while with Miami. Many fans were not thrilled to see Griffin’s name over Riley but Brian Flores has much more experience with Riley than he did with Griffin.

If we are being honest, Griffin will likely play somewhere else this season but there is always the possibility that he could opt to sign onto the Dolphins practice squad. I just think he will get a better offer tomorrow to play somewhere else.

Griffin may have had a better shot to make the roster if he had been around the team for the entire offseason, instead, he came on board a couple of days before camp.

5 semi-surprising Miami Dolphins player cuts to get to 53

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – AUGUST 21: Malcolm Perry #10 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the Atlanta Falcons during a preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium on August 21, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Malcolm Perry looked to have a clearer path to making the 53 man roster for the Miami Dolphins after Lynn Bowden, Jr. was put on IR. That wasn’t the case.

Perry is a versatile player who can play TE, WR, RB and even QB and if he clears waivers, and he likely will, he is a prime candidate for the practice squad. In fact, he should find himself signed pretty quickly as the Dolphins have shown an interest in developing him.

The multi-talented utility player has a lot of growth and potential ahead of him but he hasn’t really got a big jump on his career and has struggled with consistency when given the chance. On Sunday against the Bengals, Perry looked better but it was too late to save him.

Miami carried only three running backs but also kept five tight ends and Will Fuller will serve a one game suspension but it isn’t likely that Perry will be brought back to the 53 man roster to fill his spot for the first week of the season. Perry is likely going to stay on the PS, if he clears waivers tomorrow.

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