On Sunday I'm With My Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have just two more games to evaluate fringe roster players for their final 53-man roster with the 2014 NFL preseason halfway completed. Read up on ; MiamiFlaPaydayLoans.com.

The Dolphins' roster has been marred with minor injuries at every position, testing the depth of the team throughout its first two campaigns. The Dolphins' record at this point is not important. However, the film produced by players is essential to the coaches and front office.

The 1972 Dolphins were led by Don Shula who, to this day, is among the most recognizable faces of the Dolphins franchise. Coach Shula led the Dolphins for twenty-six NFL seasons during which the Dolphins only posted two losing seasons. He won an NFL record 347 wins during his Hall of Fame coaching career.

General manager Dennis Hickey and head coach Joe Philbin's emphasis on competition led to many new faces who were acquired this past offseason, and that has created important battles at key positions.

This Dolphins roster is deeper with talent than previous seasons without a doubt. Now, Miami must look at players on the bubble and figure out which will contribute to the team this season.

In the following slides, we look at eight players on the bubble and examine whether or not they will be on the final 53-man roster. Don't forget to leave your thoughts in the commentary section below.

The first wave of cuts must occur prior to 4:00 p.m. ET on August 26th. The Dolphins must reduce their roster to a high of 75 players. The final roster cut down to the final 53 is to be accomplished by 4:00 p.m. ET on August thirtieth.

When the Miami Dolphins signed quarterback Brady Quinn, Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post speculated he could overtake Matt Moore as the No. 2 quarterback on the roster. Moore's recent shoulder injury and $4 million base salary have made him a target to be released among some fans. Quinn was seen as the potential replacement.

Quinn's hype has always been bigger than his talent unfortunately for those fans looking to save a few of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross' dollars.

In the Dolphins' second preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Quinn failed to outperform Moore, despite playing against the third-string defense.

Playing 14 snaps, Quinn completed all four of his pass attempts, but all were checkdowns and barely moved the offense.

Quinn was a long shot to make the roster from the beginning because of how late he signed. Moore's return to health will clinch Quinn's release.

Daniel Thomas is back and looking to apply for a roster spot after missing the first two games of the preseason with a hamstring injury. Thomas returned to practice and is hoping to play this week against the Dallas Cowboys according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

Thomas has been a great disappointment for the Dolphins since the team traded up to take him under the second round of the 2011 draft. His career average of just 3.6 yards per carry is well below league standards.

Thomas is clearly on the outside looking in with the advent of undrafted free agent Damien Williams and 2013 fifth-round pick Mike Gillislee as other options. Not only is Thomas less talented than his competition, but he likewise does not fit the zone-blocking scheme. His vision is poor and he does not have the initial burst to reach the second amount of the defense.

When the Dolphins used their 2012 third-round draft pick on Michael Egnew, they envisioned him blossoming into a matchup nightmare for defenses. His 6'5 ', 260-pound frame and plus speed were tantalizing, and he had experience in a spread offense at Missouri.

The risk is yet to pay off, as Egnew has accumulated a measly seven receptions for 69 yards in two seasons.

Egnew is facing an uphill battle after selection Dion Sims in the 4th round of the 2013 draft and Arthur Lynch in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. His eight snaps through two games are the fourth-most among tight ends. Star Charles Clay has not played yet.

According to Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post, Clay will be returning from injury in time for Week 1, making the need for Egnew even less than before.

That being said, Egnew brings a different skill set to the team. If Clay has any sort of setback, he will be the best receiver amongst the healthy tight ends.

Looking at head coach Joe Philbin's previous employer for reference, the Green Bay Packers almost always carry four tight ends. That versatility is helpful to a spread offense.

The Dolphins acquired Jason Fox late in free agency, hoping to find a veteran swing tackle who could play a few games if any injuries occurred.

Unfortunately, Fox has been plagued by injuries throughout his career and missed time, owing to a leg injury, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

Once he recovered from that, Fox suffered a chest injury at some time in training camp, leaving him very little time to make a positive impression with the coaching staff.

Jason Fox, who missed a week with a chest injury, is back at practice. He's got a week to prove he's 53 worthy.

In his first game action with the Dolphins in Week 2, Fox played very badly. He looked slow, getting beat by speed rush attempts and bull rushes alike.

There's little chance Fox can make up the ground he lost while being injured, so this decision should not be too hard.

Sometimes, a good player who can contribute in various fashions gets lost in the numbers game due to injury or limited opportunities.

For Marcus Thigpen, his lackluster play as a returner in 2013 and limited playing time so far this preseason indicate his imminent departure. He's tallied just 18 snaps on offense so far. This is half the number of snaps his competition has logged.

Thigpen has not produced much on offense. However, his special teams performance in 2012 kept him around in 2013. He averaged 12.2 Yard per punt return and 27.4 Yards per kick return. Those numbers dipped dramatically in 2013 and he made several bad choices to field the ball near the goal line.

The Dolphins have built significant depth at the running back and wide receiver positions, so this is not a major loss.

The 6'3 ', 209-pound receiver has been in competition with similar playmakers on Miami's roster throughout training camp and the preseason just one year after tearing his ACL.

The margin for error has been small, as he's competing with 2014 second-round pick Jarvis Landry and incumbents Brandon Gibson and Rishard Matthews. They're more proven weapons for quarterback Ryan Tannehill and have shown more chemistry and explosion so far.

Binns could catch on elsewhere on account of his frame and catch radius. However, Miami will not have space for the former Cincinnati Bearcat.

The Dolphins have a very complicated decision to make with Anthony Johnson, who was once touted as a possible first-round draft pick.

Johnson went undrafted after he showed inconsistent effort and technique at LSU, leaving NFL evaluators to question his love for the game. The Dolphins signed him as a flier and have seen solid results thus far. He's created pressure from the interior defensive line on multiple occasions and has earned the fourth-highest grade from PFF (subscription required) among Miami's linemen.

If nose tackle A.J. Francis is indeed recovering from a knee scope, that means the Dolphins could keep fellow UDFA Garrison Smith to play the 0-technique. Johnson is a 3-technique in a 4-3 front and does not offer the same stoutness that Smith does up front.

The Dolphins might try to sneak Johnson on the practice squad or on injured reserve, but if he continues to play well, they likely cannot afford to let him go.

The Dolphins' special teams specialist has struggled to show growth this preseason, despite logging 42 snaps on defense. His competition is former fourth-round pick Jelani Jenkins, who has been at least as effective as Freeny, so the Dolphins will probably go with the player with credentials.

One area that might have more continuity is the Dolphins defense. Holding the team together is the defense. The Dolphins saw their defense improve enough to be ranked fourth in the university for total defense and accumulated 47 sacks. Critics fear that the Miami Dolphin defense has nowhere to go but down despite great statistics. This fear is primarily due to age. The Dolphins have the oldest front seven in the whole league, because five of their starters are at least 30. Zach Thomas turns 34 and Jason Taylor turns 33 in September. Keith Traylor is 37 while Vonnie Holliday will be 32 in December. And about to turn 30 is new Dolphin, Joey Porter. While Taylor is a team favorite and led the team with 13.5 Sacks and dominated most offenses many are concerned about the big '33'.

What also hurts Freeny is the emergence of rookies Jordan Tripp and Chris McCain. Each have been highly effective in the preseason and are pushing the starting linebackers for playing time. This pushes Freeny down the depth chart even further.

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