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7 well known players on the hot seat come August
This could be Thomas’ last stand with Miami. Another Ireland failed project that may be on the way out. He hasn’t done much since Ireland traded up to get him in the 2011 draft. He has shown flashes of potential since then but is way too inconsistent as a runner and a pass blocker. Between the salary-cap savings and his underachieving play on field, there is a very good chance Thomas does not make the team this time around. He will be competing with Mike Gillisee for one roster spot at tailback and Gillisee is more affordable.
The Danny Watkins experiment is probably over after signing Shelley Smith and drafting Billy Turner. Dallas Thomas appears to be ready to make a run at a starting spot at guard opposite Smith, and Turner and Brenner fill out the rest of the guard depth. The writing is on the wall.
Devlin's roster spot may be in jeopardy after not showing much during his time in Miami. Undrafted free agent Brock Jensen looks to have more upside than Devlin. He’s a big kid with a live arm and is the FCS all-time winning quarterback. The Dolphins may also decide to roll with only 2 quarterbacks. They almost did last year.
The writing is on the wall now that Thigpen has been moved into the crowded receiver core. He’s going to have a hard time cracking the top 6 at WR. The one thing that can save Thigpen is his multifaceted skill set as a returner/runner/receiver...but he does leave alot to be desired as a return man. His return averages and his decision making regressed this past season.
Another Jeff Ireland pick that is owed nothing by the new GM. The Dolphins haven’t been happy with Rishard Matthews for tardiness, lack of attention to detail and “other” issues, and it’s why they used a second-round pick on Jarvis Landry instead of being content with Matthews as their fourth receiver. Matthews was quoted as saying. "They want me to be more professional off the field, as well as on the field. ... Coach Philbin sat down with me and gave me the ropes. We’re definitely on the same page." He'll have to have a big time preseason to earn the Dolphins' final receiver spot.
Looks like at least our new coordinater knows how to play to Egnew’s strengths using him out wide and off the line away from linemen, but Egnew is still a long shot to make the cut and he’ll have to have an outstanding camp to make it. He’s competing with 2 recent draft picks Dion Sims and Arthur Lynch. Sims is a massive tight end with upside ability and Lynch is a solid Fasano-like tight end that fills a role we need.
Wheeler was horrific in his first season with the Dolphins. Pro Football Focus credited him with a whopping 18 missed tackles and graded Wheeler out as its worst 4-3 outside linebacker. Releasing Wheeler would cause a $4.2 million cap penalty for the Dolphins, so Hickey may be reluctant to cut him.
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