For many players still currently on the 2017 Miami Dolphins Roster, this final preseason game, and how they play in it, will determine if they remain on the roster, or are removed from it. Some bubble players may have already done enough to stay, but others have to fight tooth and nail, and try to show something extraordinary in their last opportunity, preseason Game #4.
Some of the decision comes to down to how many players can they carry at any certain position. Do we go with 5 or 6 WR’s? How many OL do we carry, 8 or 9?We’ll probably have 4 RB’s, but are those 4 RB’s currently on the roster now, or do we pick one up? Do we take 6 CB’s or 7? I wrote a list, and man, it gets tough. I figure we only bring 2 QB’s, we did that the last couple of years, so figure we do that again. I can see us carrying 6 WR’s if they fear Stringfellow would get poached, but I’m not even sure they’re enamored with him enough to feel that way. I would like to keep him though.
On defense, we know who the likely starters on the D-line are, and I say likely only because there’s still some doubt as to whether it’s God-show or Jordan Phillips. The guys behind the starters are muddled. We know William Hayes and the loser of the 2nd DT spot are in, but then there’s Okoye, Williams, Fede, and you know Charles Harris is in, but the depth at DT and DE are somewhat up in the air.
So who gets cut next?
Also remember, we have 2 players who are eligible to come back after week 8, OG Ted Larsen (I/R), and S T.J. McDonald (SUSP) Both can make a positive impact for our team. Hopefully the O-line is doing well enough that Larsen isn’t so missed, and the same for Nate Allen at S, that T.J. McDonald isn’t desperately needed. If all is well, both can slowly be integrated back into the team.
Will Matt Darr hold off Matt Haack? Will God-show hold onto the starting DT spot next to Suh? Is Jesse Davis for real, and will he start at LG? Is Maxwell really in danger of losing his starting job? Is our 4th RB currently on the roster? Questions that may or not be answered after Preseason game #4. Some of them may have already been determined by the coaches and front office, but while this last game is meaningless to some, it’s life or death (Dolphins roster life) for others.