On Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins took the second of three steps to ultimately reach the 53-man roster for the regular season.
Former Miami Hurricanes standout Sheldrick Redwine, a member of the Dolphins’ active roster for most of last season, was among those who opted out.
On Tuesday morning, well before 4 p.m., the team announced four other roster moves to trim down to 80 players. The Dolphins also waived punter Sterling Hofrichter and linebacker DeAndre Johnson, a UM graduate, like Redwine. Miami placed cornerback Mackenzie Alexander and linebacker Jon Lovett on injured reserve.
Alexander, a six-year NFL veteran from Immokalee, was signed just last week after fellow cornerback Trill Williams was placed on IR.
The main cut day for another 27 players next Tuesday, August 30, remains. The Dolphins, who survived the first two cuts, will get one last chance to impress coach Mike McDaniel and his staff during joint practices with the Eagles on Wednesday and Thursday and the preseason finale against Philadelphia on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium.
“I think 53 is for the 53 best players,” McDaniel said Sunday of future decisions. “You are open to everything. You have to consider a lot of different things, and sometimes that makes you short or difficult in certain positions, but what I’ve found in my career is that you don’t make absolute judgments. You’d like to take a certain number of players with you and you’d like to have your cake and eat it too, a lot of items, but if the performances of individuals deserve it, you’ve got to keep the top 53 players.”
Tight end Adam Shaheen was placed on injured reserve last week, while four others in offensive lineman Cole Benwart, wide receiver DeVonte Dedman, defensive lineman Jordan Williams and cornerback Tina Ellis made five moves to reach No. 85 on the training camp roster. Ellis was waived with an injury settlement.