Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fins keep nearly 3 times as many DBs as WRs


The Miami Dolphins were the last team to announce their final cuts, waiting until three hours after the 6 p.m. deadline to announce those who would not make the final 53-man roster.

But the news was the number of players they kept at some positions, rather than who they let go.

The Dolphins, after cutting receivers Chad Bumphis, Keenan Davis, Marvin McNutt and Bruan Tyms on Saturday, have just four wideouts on their roster. Combined with the normal stock of three tight ends, Miami seems poised to go into the regular season unusually light on receiving targets.

The team also kept five safeties and six cornerbacks, for the conspicuous total of 11 defensive backs. The Dolphins also chose to keep only Randy Starks and Paul Soliai for true defensive tackles, releasing preseason standout A.J. Francis and 2012 seventh-round pick Kheeston Randall.

Jared Odrick and Vaughn Martin have been featured this preseason at defensive tackle, but have played defensive end for most of their careers.

Among the other notable cuts were tailback Jonas Gray, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and longtime special teams contributor Austin Spitler.

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