Miami Dolphins 2022 depth chart: Predicting the roster of 53 players after preseason week 1

The Miami Dolphins beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-24 in the first pre-season game of the year on Saturday. Both teams used the game to take a closer look at their depth players, with the majority of presumptive starters either not playing or seeing extremely limited action. With the first cup day of the summer, when rosters drop from the current 90 players to 85, just days away, a strong performance yesterday could keep a player in the squad a bit longer – and potentially lead them to make the 53-player roster at the end of the preseason.

Tuesday’s next roster limit change will be followed by another on Tuesday, August 23, when the roster size drops to 80 players. The final roster cuts come the following Tuesday, August 30, when the limit drops to the in-season limit of 53 players. On August 31, teams can begin building their 16-man practice squad for the season.

After yesterday’s game and with another week of training camp practices behind us, it’s time to update our roster predictions for the Dolphins.

Offense (26) (Change -1)

Quarterback (3)

Tua Tagovailoa
Teddy Bridgewater
Skylar Thompson

To change: Add Thompson

I may be one of the last resisters jumping on what looks like a Skylar Thompson bandwagon right now, but three spots on the quarterback roster are going to hurt depth elsewhere. Every year there’s a player who gets all sorts of hype at the start of training camp and then disappears later in the summer. Is it Thompson this year? I’ll add him to the roster here, but he’s definitely still a roster bubble player in my mind.

Running back (4)

Chase Edmonds
Rahim Mostert
Sony Michel
Myles Gaskins

To change: None.

Last night’s game did nothing to highlight the current game, but it didn’t really do anything to shake up the top four players either. Gaskin had a nice 20-yard run, but that was basically all of the day’s rushing offense (minus a 21-yard run from Thompson). Salvon Ahmed would be the threat to get into that group, but nothing on Saturday makes that move a requirement now.

Rear (1)

Alec Ingold

To change: None.

Neither Ingold nor John Lovett played in the match. The Dolphins will have a guard this year and it should be Ingold unless something drastic happens for the rest of the summer.

Tight end (4)

Mike Gesicki
Durham–Smythe
long hunter
Cethan Carter

To change: Remove Adam Shaheen.

The Dolphins traded Shaheen to Houston Texans last week, only to have that trade called off when the tight end’s knee failed a physical due to a pre-existing condition. Miami held him out of the game and he’s likely destined to be released if no one is willing to trade for him based on the medical news. He could be among the cuts this week. Gesicki starting the game was a bit of a surprise, given how many players Miami held out of contention, and had a 13-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage, although the early summer focus for tight ends was on the block. Carter saw the most action in that position, and he did the job as a fullback for the game, which could be a sign of who Ingold will be backing for the season.

Wide Receiver (6)

Tyreek Hill
Jaylen Waddle
Cedric Wilson, Jr.
Erik Ezukanma
Lynn Bowden, Jr.
mohamed sanou

To change: None.

Preston Williams is the bubble player here, and he’s gotten some work as a punt returner, which might be his only roster spot right now. Bowden looked good, recording three receptions on four targets for 55 yards and, as Thompson described it, a one-touchdown layup. Both of these players were said to be on the trade block, but I still feel like it was an “or else” situation and Miami wasn’t looking to move the two. Bowden feels like he’s going to make the roster right now. Sanu is the bubble player in the group and could see his spot go to Williams if the team decides Williams’ comeback job is worthy of a spot. Braylon Sanders, an undrafted free agent with some flashes early in camp, was targeted twice during the game, but did not register a catch; he feels like a practice squad player, just like Trent Sherfield right now.

Offensive Lineman (8)

Terron Armstead
Liam Eichenberg
connor williams
Robert Hunt
austin jackson
Solomon Kindley
Michael Deiter
Larnel Coleman

To change: Delete Robert Jones.

The offensive line was shaky throughout the night, in part because it was a piecemeal unit to start the game and then deep players throughout the rest of the game. Jones is taken off the roster after doing nothing, especially in the running game. It might as well have been Coleman who dropped off the roster, but he remains deep behind Armstead at this time. There was talk that Kindley struggled, especially as a shooting guard and that his body didn’t match what the Dolphins were trying to do with the line, but he was effective at blocking passes and there is probably still a role for him. Jackson started at right tackle and appeared to be solid throughout his limited playing time. Deiter returned from injury this week and started at center; ideally, his role is the emergency utility inside lineman who can plug in if injured in the game. I don’t like having just eight offensive linemen, but, unless the Dolphins don’t add someone in free agency, I think eight might be the way to go.

Defense (24) (Edit +1)

Defensive Lineman (6)

Emmanuel Ogba
Christian Wilkin
Zach Sieler
Raekwon Davis
John Jenkins
Benito Jones

To change: Add Jones.

If you remember last summer, I like Jones and think he has potential as a solid defensive tackle from deep. He showed up last night and made some good plays in the middle of the Dolphins defensive line. He’s still a bubble player, but at the moment he seems to be on the right side of the cut line.

Linebacker (8)

André Van Ginkel
Jerome Boulanger
Elandon Roberts
Jaelan Phillips
Melvin Ingram
Duke Riley
channing tindal
Sam Eguavon

To change: None.

Linebackers were definitely a concern last night, although the team didn’t have their starters there. There is simply nothing definitive for the position that came out last night. Tindall played both defense and special teams, nothing spectacular, but no major mistakes either. Eguavoen had the best of fumble recovery for a touchdown, but he also struggled like missing tackles. Cameron Goode has had a few flashes and is capable of claiming a spot on the roster if the numbers work in his favor. Overall, we need to see more of the linebacker group.

Cornerback (5)

Xavier Howard
byron jones
Nik Needham
Noah Igbinoghene
Keion Crossen

To change: None.

Let the arguments for Trill Williams and against Igbinoghene begin. Yes, Williams played well, and yes, he could make the roster. Yes, Igbinoghene struggled in Tampa, including joint practices. If you know me, I am convinced that Igbinoghene is only 22 years old and already has two years of experience in the NFL. He still has time to develop. I have to go back to watch the touchdown pass that everyone is blaming Igbinoghene right now, but Miami was in a zone and it looked like the cornerback was falling in a zone at left back in the end zone . The touchdown came on a post route past him, heading into midfield. It looked like he thought whoever was in charge of midfield was going to pick up the receiver, only to try to react when a well-placed throw split the area. Maybe Igbinoghene should have been there, but maybe that wasn’t his responsibility either and he’s being criticized for being the player on TV at the time. As for Williams, I wanted to put him on the list, but the injury last night worries me. If it turns out that he avoided a serious injury, I will come back and I will come back to it.

Security (5)

jevon holland
brandon jones
Eric Rowe
Sheldrick Red wine
Clayton Fedejelem

To change: None.

Honestly, I didn’t think about the in-game safeties at all. Nobody seemed to jump, so like the linebackers, I’m going to postpone until they see more. Redwine or Fejedelem could end up on the wrong side of the cut line if the Dolphins need a roster spot elsewhere (Trill Williams or Cameron Goode come to mind immediately).

Special teams (3) (No change)

Gambler (1)

Thomas Morstead

Kicker (1)

Jason Sander

Long snapper (1)

Blake Ferguson

To change: None.

Sanders definitely looked to be in even form, making all four field goal attempts, including two from over 50 yards. Special teams are locked in pretty well, though punter Sterling Hofrichter looked good with an average 43.5 punt on four kicks, including three inside the 20.

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