Dolphins Make Roster Moves To Bring Roster To 53

Posted Aug 31, 2012

Final cut down day in the National Football League is the longest day for both the coaches and those players sitting on the bubble, especially since teams had until 9 p.m. EST tonight to finalize things.

Players eligible for the practice squad cannot be signed until noon tomorrow and have to clear waivers, and teams won’t find out until then which waived players they put claims in for they were rewarded.

Eighteen Dolphins players were waived and one (veteran linebacker Gary Guyton) had his contract terminated. Rookie defensive end Jarrell Root was waived/injured, cornerback Kevyn Scott was waived with an injury settlement and offensive lineman Ryan Cook was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for an undisclosed 2013 draft pick.

Cornerbacks Vincent Agnew, Quinten Lawrence and Anderson Russell, offensive tackles Will Barker, Rey Feinga, Andrew McDonald and Lydon Murtha, defensive tackles Ryan Baker and Isaako Aaitui, defensive end Jamaal Westerman, linebackers Cameron Collins and Shelly Lyons, wide receivers B.J. Cunningham, Jeff Fuller, Clyde Gates, Chris Hogan and Roberto Wallace and guard Chandler Burden all were waived.

“It’s tough because I was just talking to Westerman about our bye week going to see Rutgers play because my brother plays for them and it’s obviously his alma mater and we were going to do that,” defensive end Jared Odrick said. “It’s crazy because just yesterday I was just talking to him saying, ‘Let’s go do that,’ and he said, ‘Yeah, yeah,’ and he’s gone. So it’s tough because you build relationships with people and you don’t like to think about the things that happen or things to come like getting cut, and you don’t want to assume anybody’s getting cut so you just let it happen and deal with it from there.”

Running back Marcus Thigpen ended up on the flip side of Westerman’s conversation as he was informed that he survived the initial cuts. His versatility as a kick returner and as a slot receiver apparently worked to his advantage and he actually worked with the receiver group this afternoon, revealing that he used to watch film of Marshall Faulk because he patterned his game after the Hall-of-Fame all-purpose running back.

Of course when practice ended just before 6 p.m., Thigpen knew full well that there were three more hours before that initial 53-man roster had to be submitted. So he tempered his emotions, having been through this process twice before with the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos back in 2009.

“It’s definitely been a little nerve-racking, but I learned in my past experiences not to worry about it and just to go out there and do the best I can do,” said Thigpen, who played with the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats the previous two years. “I just want to impress the coaches and get an opportunity to stay here. That’s all I’ve been doing is taking it one day at a time, trying not to think about it and talking to my wife and kids on Skype just to get my mind off of it. After the Dallas game I felt pretty confident in my performance, knowing that I did leave a couple of plays on the field but I felt good.”

Thigpen and the rest of his teammates are off this weekend and will return to practice on Monday in preparation for the season opener at the Houston Texans a week from Sunday. Teams have until Tuesday at 4 p.m., to complete any trades and put in anymore waiver claims, so all Philbin could confirm today was that he will have “53 healthy guys next week and 46 guys are going to dress” and be on the field at Reliant Stadium by kickoff.
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