The Miami Dolphins’ approach to the 2020 roster cuts was drastically different than what we saw just one year ago. Miami was aggressive on the waiver wire in 2019, claiming five players cut from other franchises. This year? The Dolphins didn’t claim a single player. But if you thought that meant that the Dolphins weren’t going to continue to do their due diligence and churn through the bottom portions of the roster, you’ve got another thing coming — and the first clues of where Miami may strike first have come early this week as the team hosted five free agent players for tryouts/visits.
All five of Miami’s visitors were interior offensive linemen.
Today’s tryout/visit list …
• Bucs working out RBs.
• Dolphins working out OLs.
• Patriots working out LSs. pic.twitter.com/YjPSbacf0w
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 8, 2020
James Ferentz, Sam Jones, Javon Patterson, Adam Redmond and Marquel Harrell all received the call from Miami — and although none have signed at this point, this will be an area to watch for the Dolphins moving forward. The team currently boasts Ted Karras at center and Michael Deiter as the primary backup. But Deiter is a swing player who may get called into action elsewhere on the offensive line if the team’s depth is tested. And if that is indeed the case, Miami will need to have someone else available to them who could snap if something happened to Karras.
That is likely where these workouts come into play, but give the Dolphins’ investments in 2020 to rebuilding their interior offensive line all the way through, this may be continued diligence to make sure that the team is properly invested in this group to put the team’s longstanding offensive line woes behind them once and for all. Is a street free agent likely to solve those issues? No, certainly not. But there’s no such thing as too many capable offensive linemen: that’s a lesson the Dolphins have learned the hard way in recent years.