Miami Dolphins cut-down day tracker: Doughty makes 53-man roster

 

Dolphins quarterback Brandon Doughty runs a drill during training camp in Davie. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Dolphins quarterback Brandon Doughty runs a drill during training camp in Davie. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Quarterback Brandon Doughty, the Davie kid who confounded coaches by going through the wrong progressions but often seeming to come up with the right results, came up with the best result yet Saturday.

He made the Dolphins’ 53-man roster as the cuts were made before the NFL’s 4 p.m. deadline.

Of course, as the Dolphins comb the waiver wire, more moves are likely to come over the next several days, but for now, the Dolphins plan to enter the season with starter Ryan Tannehill, backup Matt Moore and Doughty, the seventh-round pick from Western Kentucky who showed coaches enough that they couldn’t risk waiving him before recalling him onto the practice squad.

Doughty completed 20-of-28 passes for 185 yards and an 89.1 passer rating in the preseason. Zac Dysert, who was waived, was 20-of-31 for 202 yards and an 80.3 rating.

Here’s the official list of Dolphins moves:

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3:30 P.M. UPDATE: SAINTS PARTING WITH CHRIS McCAIN

Former Dolphins defensive end Chris McCain is not going to make the Saints.

The Saints had acquired McCain from the Dolphins for a conditional pick Monday.

Apparently the Dolphins will not receive any compensation now.


3:25 P.M. UPDATE: 49ERS CUT KELVIN TAYLOR

Kelvin Taylor, the former Glades Day and Gators running back drafted in the sixth round by the 49ers, has been waived, according to ESPN.

Taylor, son of ex-Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, had 12,121 yards and 191 touchdowns for Glades Day.


Ex-Packers guard Josh Sitton. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ex-Packers guard Josh Sitton. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2:50 P.M. UPDATE: WOULD DOLPHINS CONSIDER EX-PACKERS G SITTON?

Green Bay is moving on from guard Josh Sitton.

He’s a 30-year-old Jacksonville native who played at Central Florida and has had a distinguished career, including being named second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press the past three seasons. He’s scheduled to make $5.9 million this season.

His availability might make the Dolphins re-evaluate how satisfied they are at guard. First-round pick Laremy Tunsil should open the season as the starting left guard.

Jermon Bushrod could be the starter on the right side, which is where perhaps Sitton comes in? Sitton spent his first five seasons at right guard but has played the past three on the left, including some duty at left tackle.


2:25 P.M. UPDATE: SEVENTH-ROUNDER DUARTE CUT

Thomas Duarte, a tight end taken in the seventh round, is being released.

So is cornerback Lafayette Pitts, according to The Miami Herald.

Despite a summer for Dolphins tight ends marred by dropped passes, Duarte caught just three passes for 27 yards and one touchdown in the preseason.


1:30 P.M. UPDATE: FORMER FOURTH-ROUNDER JAMIL DOUGLAS RELEASED

Dolphins fill-in center Jamil Douglas sits dejected after the loss to the Colts. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Dolphins fill-in center Jamil Douglas sits dejected after the loss to the Colts. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Offensive lineman Jamil Douglas, the Dolphins fourth-round pick last season out of Arizona State, has been cut.

Douglas, 24, started six of 16 games for the Dolphins as a rookie last year, primarily at guard, but was pressed into duty at center following an injury to Mike Pouncey.

It didn’t go well, most memorably when he snapped the ball prematurely on a fourth-down play that sealed a loss to the Colts. Douglas was nearly inconsolable following that game, although some of the blame belongs to coaches who failed to account for the need to prepare a backup center on the team.

The release of Douglas calls into question the Dolphins’ 2015 draft, the final one under general manager Dennis Hickey. First-rounder DeVante Parker has shown receiving skills but has suffered a constant stream of injuries that appears to be frustrating coaches.

Second-rounder Jordan Phillips, a defensive tackle, challenged Earl Mitchell for a starting role.

But the Dolphins have received little from four fifth-rounders. Cornerback Bobby McCain has shown flashes but has been inconsistent. Running back Jay Ajayi opened camp as the favorite to be the featured back but averaged just 2.7 yards per carry. And safety Cedric Thompson was cut last year. The Dolphins still hope to develop cornerback Tony Lippett, a converted receiver.


1:25 P.M. UPDATE: THOMAS GONE, TYLER GRAY CONE

Running back Daniel Thomas, who led the Dolphins in rushing this preseason, failed to make the roster, as did linebacker Tyler Gray.

Thomas, 28, had 32 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown this preseason, but his 3.3 average didn’t help his case.

Assuming the Dolphins keep four running backs once again, Thomas faced an uphill climb. The roster includes Arian Foster (the presumed starter), Jay Ajayi and third-round pick Kenyan Drake. The could leave little room for Damien Williams and Isaiah Pead as well.

Gray had five tackles in preseason.


1:15 P.M. UPDATE: LAING GONE

Defensive end Cleyon Laing has been released.

The Dolphins hoped Laing could in part conjure memories of their success story with Cameron Wake — CFL sack master becomes NFL terror — but Laing had a quiet summer. He was credited with just one sack and had nine tackles.

The Post also confirms that Deandre Coleman was cut.


1 P.M. UPDATE: TAKING STOCK SO FAR

The Dolphins reportedly have parted with the following players:

CB Chimdi Chekwa

DT Deandre Coleman

S Shamiel Gary

DT Chris Jones

TE Dominique Jones

CB Rashaan Melvin

OT Sam Young

(This should leave them 15 over the limit)


12:55 P.M. UPDATE: GARY GONE

Safety Shamiel Gary, the Dolphins’ second-leading tackler in preseason with 16, is being released.

Gary’s highlight of the preseason was a big hit against Atlanta that caused a fumble.

The Miami Herald is reporting that defensive tackle Deandre Coleman also is being released.


12:45 P.M. UPDATE: MORE CUTS REVEALED

In a move that could signify the Dolphins are retaining defensive lineman Julius Warmsley, the team has released defensive tackle Chris Jones.

Julius Warmsley (73) knocks the ball out of the hands of quarterback Ryan Nassib of the New York Giants during the first half of an NFL preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 12, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Dolphins defeated the Giants 27-10. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Julius Warmsley (73) knocks the ball out of the hands of quarterback Ryan Nassib of the New York Giants during the first half of an NFL preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 12, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Dolphins defeated the Giants 27-10. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Warmsley, a longshot to make the team when camp began, led the Dolphins with three sacks in the preseason. Following the preseason finale against the Titans, Warmsley was hopeful that his performance at least “got myself noticed.”

Also let go were cornerback Rashaan Melvin and tight end Dominique Jones.

 


12:30 P.M. UPDATE: CHEKWA RELEASED

Multiple reports say the Dolphins have parted with cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, who started four of the 32 games played for the Raiders the past four years. He had 44 tackles but no interceptions with Oakland.

Chekwa, 28, had played at Ohio State.

He suffered a thigh injury that caused him to miss significant time in training camp. He appeared only in the preseason finale against the Titans, failing to make a tackle or appear on the stat sheet.

In May, Chekwa and Dolphins teammates Michael Thomas and John Denney received MBAs from the University of Miami.


12:06 P.M. UPDATE: YOUNG RELEASED

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that veteran offensive lineman Sam Young has been released by the Dolphins.

The Post’s Joe Schad reported on Young’s plight following the preseason finale vs. Tennessee.

Young, an tackle, entered the league in 2010 with Dallas but also had stops in Buffalo and Jacksonville. His most extensive action came in 2012, when he played 12 games for the Bills, starting four, and last season with the Jaguars, when he played all 16 games and started three.


NOON UPDATE FROM AROUND THE NFL: SPIELMAN DEALS AGAIN

The Vikings’ deal for quarterback Sam Bradford might bring back memories for Dolphins fans.

The deal was pulled off by Rick Spielman, who seems to enjoy sending the Eagles draft picks for quarterbacks who haven’t shown they’re worth it.

In 2004 while overseeing the Dolphins’ roster, Spielman sent a second-rounder to Philly for A.J. Feeley, who went 3-5 in his only season in Miami with 11 TDs, 15 INTs and a putrid 61.7 rating.

Of course, some saw that coming, since Feeley’s body of work to that point consisted of seven games played for the Eagles, eight TDs and six INTs. The Eagles used the pick on receiver Reggie Brown, who didn’t really pan out, by the way.

After losing Teddy Bridgewater to a bad knee injury last week, Spielman swore the Vikings wouldn’t be held hostage for a QB, but still sent a No. 1 and a conditional No. 4 (it could go higher) for the mediocre Bradford, who can’t seem to stay healthy.

“People think we’re desperate,” Spielman said earlier in the week.

Wonder how “people” ever got that idea?


10 a.m. UPDATE: HOW THE DOLPHINS BEGAN THEIR DAY

To get you ready for the Dolphins’ moves, here’s a list of where they stand entering the day and an outline of the decisions that must be made under first-year coach Adam Gase and his staff. Keep in mind that even at the end of the day, it won’t be the “final” roster because teams often pick up cast-offs from other teams.

To help give you a framework, the number of players kept at each position last year is noted in parentheses.

Offense (23)

Starters/prominent backups

QB (2): Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore

RB (4): Jay Ajayi, Arian Foster

WR (6): Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker

TE (2): Jordan Cameron, Dion Sims

OL (9): Branden Albert, Laremy Tunsil*, Mike Pouncey, Ja’Wuan James, Jermon Bushrod

Other backups

QB: Brandon Doughty*, Zac Dysert

RB: Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Pead, Kenyan Drake*

WR: Griff Whalen, Leonte Carroo*, Jakeem Grant*, Rashawn Scott

OL: Anthony Steen (current starter with Pouncey injured), Billy Turner, Dallas Thomas, Ulrick John, Jamil Douglas, Kraig Urbik, Sam Young

TE: MarQueis Gray, Dominique Jones, Thomas Duarte*

Defense (27)

Starters/prominent backups

DL (9): Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh, Earl Mitchell, Mario Williams, Andre Branch, Jason Jones, Jordan Phillips

LB (7): Koa Misi, Kiko Alonso, Jelani Jenkins

DB (11): Byron Maxwell, Tony Lippett, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Reshad Jones, Michael Thomas, Xavien Howard*

Other backups

DL: Terrence Fede, Julius Warmsley, Deandre Coleman, Cedric Reed, Jordan Williams, Cleyon Laing, Chris Jones

LB: Spencer Paysinger, James-Michael Johnson, Neville Hewitt, Tyler Gray, Mike Hull, James Burgess

DB: Bobby McCain, Walt Aikens, Rashaan Melvin, Chimdi Chekwa, Shamiel Gary, A.J. Hendy, Jordan Lucas*, Lafayette Pitts

Specialists (3)

K: Andrew Franks

P: Matt Darr

LS: John Denney

* Rookie draft pick

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