Tuesday, August 28, 2007

First Wave of Cuts

In order to meet today's deadline to trim the roster down to 75 players (excluding NFL Europa practice squad player WR Marvin Allen), the Dolphins parted ways with 9 players.

Here are the players who didn't make the cut:
  • K Matt Prater
  • P Ryan Flinn
  • WR David Sutton
  • TE Jason Rader
  • RB Ray Perkins
  • DT Kevin Vickerson
  • CB Shirdonya Mitchell
  • S Christopher Vedder
  • S Chris Harrell
There aren't many surprises among that group of guys other than perhaps David Sutton. Sutton came out of nowhere during minicamps and training camps becoming somewhat of a media darling. He has tremendous size and could still be brought back to the Dolphins as part of the practice squad.

Granted, before training camp began, I predicted that both Vickerson and Mitchell would make the 53-man roster. Much of that was based on their solid showings over in NFL Europa. Neither one, however, was able to carry that momentum into training camp with the Dolphins, and their production was disappointing. Vickerson is the only player among these first cuts to have been drafted by Miami. He was drafted in the seventh round during the 2005 draft.

Miami has until 4 P.M. this Saturday to cut the roster down to 53 players.

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