Many Players Step Up As Final Cuts Loom
The Miami Dolphins finished the preseason with a 22-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Most of the starters did not play in the final game. It was time for the backups and reserves to make a claim for their spot on the final roster. There was no shortage of players making their case. Running backs Mike Gillislee (2 touchdowns) and Jay Ajayi (103 total yards) both put in solid performances. Cornerback Will Davis had two interceptions and Punter Matt Darr had three punts inside the five yard line.
Other contributors included Matt Hazel, Christion Jones, who had a 108 yard return called back on a penalty, James Davidson, Jeff Luc and many others. Devante Parker made his debut with an 11 yard reception. Unfortunately Ajayi suffered a cracked rib in the game and no timetable has been given on his return.
The Dolphins will now trim the roster down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. Look for the Dolphins to continue to makes moves beyond Saturday. Mike Tannenbaum indicated they where may be other free agent acquisitions or trades made beyond Saturday. The Dolphins will open the regular season at the Washington Redskins on September 13th.
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