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Mando - Dolphins will add most players via UDFA

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Galant, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. Galant

    Galant Love - Unity - Sacrifice - Eternity Staff Member

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    With an interesting point, Armando S. of the Herald points out that it's basically impossible for the Dolphins to fill all their roster spots in the draft, and that what it looks like is that the Dolphins will be adding most of the new players this year as undrafted free agents.

    "How do I know this?

    Well, it really is a matter of simple math.

    Today, you see, the Dolphins have 58 players on their roster, according to the team’s own website. That’s not a lot. That is actually the lowest number of any team in the AFC East.

    The Buffalo Bills have 79 players on their roster as of this writing.

    The New York Jets have 74 players on their roster as of this writing.

    And the New England Patriots have 65 players on their roster, again, as of this writing.

    That means the Dolphins have a lot of work to do to get to the 90-man roster limit all NFL teams can carry into training camp. The Dolphins need to add 32 more players before they open training camp in late July.

    And how exactly are they going to do that?

    Well, the draft isn’t going to do it for Miami. The Dolphins may be hoping for an epic draft, an all-time draft even. But the team currently has only seven picks scheduled for the entire draft.

    So unless general manager Chris Grier goes absolutely bonkers trading back throughout the coming draft in an effort to increase his number of picks -- at the expense of the quality of the picks -- he’s going to struggle to come out of the process with more than 10-12 picks...

    ...
    That means after the draft is over, the Dolphins could be adding as many as 25 undrafted free agents.

    TWENTY-FIVE.

    Said another way, the Dolphins might go to training camp in July with 31 percent of their roster made up of rookie undrafted free agents.

    So, you better believe owner Stephen Ross was not kidding when he said last week his 2019 team was going to favor youth.

    “It’s going to be a young team and I want to see it grow,” he said. “You know, at the end of their season I’m sure it’ll be a better team than when it started. Because there’s going to be a lot of young ballplayers that are going to have meaningful positions. And then we’ll know what the following year we’ll have to bring in to replace them. Hopefully we make the right decisions up front.”

    These percentages and numbers are stunning. Last year, by comparison, the Dolphins added 13 undrafted free agents after the draft. And that was a sizable number."


    Rest of the article is worth a read:

    https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article228769289.html
     
  2. ExplosionsInDaSky

    ExplosionsInDaSky Well-Known Member

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    Operation Tankshard officially in effect.
     
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  3. Miamiforlife

    Miamiforlife Active Member

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    At least we know we suck before the season even starts. No fake tannehill hype. Another long painfull season coming it feels.
     
  4. AGuyNamedAlex

    AGuyNamedAlex Well-Known Member

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    Honestly I dont feel pain. I think it can be a good season for conversation amongst us all.

    If we all accept this season isnt about the playoffs we can have some good debates evaluating a lot of the young talent.
     
  5. TheHighExhaulted

    TheHighExhaulted Well-Known Member

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    It's going to be an ugly season. Make plans with your family on Sundays this winter.
     
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  6. KeyFin

    KeyFin Well-Known Member

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    I was going to say...cancel those Sunday Ticket subscriptions! No way I'm paying over $300 to watch undrafted rookies figure out if they're NFL ready. I'm sure one or two of them will shine and make a great story years from now, but I'm definitely not going to pay to be on the 0-16 bandwagon.
     
  7. Hooligan

    Hooligan Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    It looks like a lead-up to a "Major League" type scenario. If the coaching staff is decent and chemistry develops it could be a fun season. No pressure on anybody.
     
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  8. DolphinGreg

    DolphinGreg Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Dude, I moved last year and had my DirecTV service transferred to the new address. Low and behold, AT&T took it upon themselves to use that as justification to say I was locked into a new 2-year commitment from that point forward. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking to drop my service per se and I could opt out of Sunday Ticket I suppose, still, it's a bummer.

    Anyhow, I'm up in the air even knowing I'll have the chance to order Sunday Ticket for a few extra bucks. I'm not sure it's worth the $15/wk I'd pay.

    Is it worth paying $15/wk to watch Ryan Fitzpatrick lead a partially-rebuilt roster?

    Is it worth $15/wk to see if Charles Harris, Mike Gesicki or DeVante Parker develop into anything?

    Is it worth $15/wk to watch the team burn a year with otherwise useful players like: Kenyan Drake, Jakeem Grant and Laremy Tunsil?

    Is it even worth $15/wk to give up my Sunday afternoons for Miami football at all?
     
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  9. Patster1969

    Patster1969 Active Member

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    Wow, great fans on this thread - I assume you all realize that only 53 are the full squad, so even if we only add 4 decent draft picks & 2 or 3 UDFA's, we've still got more than enough. We know it's going to not be a great year but they are still are team. I don't have access to DirecTV but will be subscribing to GamePass again this year to watch them develop as a team.
    Flame away!
     
  10. Dol-Fan Dupree

    Dol-Fan Dupree I drink your milkshake! Club Member

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    Wild thing!
     
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  11. AGuyNamedAlex

    AGuyNamedAlex Well-Known Member

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    Fitzpatrick delivers the pass Juuuuust a bit outside.
     
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  12. BevoPhin

    BevoPhin Well-Known Member

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    Nah man, I appreciate that Ross is tired of mediocrity and is resorting to this extreme strategy. I want to support the team.
     
  13. TheHighExhaulted

    TheHighExhaulted Well-Known Member

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    I will watch as many games as I can but I won't revolve my Sundays around football this year. Especially if I have to watch Ryan Fitzpatrick out there.
     
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  14. Fin-O

    Fin-O Initiated Club Member

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    I dunno, Ryan Fitzpatrick has the ability to catch fire and put on a display like we haven't seen in Miami for 25 years.

    From an entertainment perspective, our offense will be better than it has in a while save a stretch in 2016 when Jay Ajayi went off.
     
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  15. djphinfan

    djphinfan Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    properly being done right.
     
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  16. DolphinGreg

    DolphinGreg Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Feels like that to me as well.

    Luckily my Alma Mater is Clemson so I get more than enough quality football with them alone. I'm happy to let the Fins sit in the background for awhile as they get their act together.
     
  17. TheHighExhaulted

    TheHighExhaulted Well-Known Member

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    Yes, he can pull a win out of his *** with a ridiculous game. Ultimately, if he plays all 16 games he will be the reason they go 5-11 instead of 2-14 or 3-13. If this guy is playing QB for them the second half of the season it won't be good news for the rebuild.
     
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  18. pumpdogs

    pumpdogs Well-Known Member

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    I watched every game when we were 1-15 and I will watch every game this year on the NFL ticket!
     
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  19. Fin-O

    Fin-O Initiated Club Member

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    He’s like Joey Gallo for Texas Rangers. He will awe you on one play then frustrate the hell out of you the next.

    Agree though, the reason I didn’t like the Fitzpatrick signing was he can get us to 5-6 wins and ruin the “plan”
     
  20. resnor

    resnor Derp Sherpa

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    Not watching the games, and not attending the games, is disrespectful to the players. It's not their fault the team is being assembled as it is for it's apparent purpose. I have no problem paying for Sunday Ticket and rooting for them to win and prove everyone wrong. Even though I know that's bad for draft position. Lol
     
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  21. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    No way man. I fully expect the Fins to be the worst team in the league this season, but I would never, ever give up the chance to watch them play. Even if I expect them to get blown out.
     
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  22. EverFin

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    Basically, I feel the same. But man, there are some moments, it depresses me so much. Then it's like qualified suffering until Wednesday - and hope Returns. Hopeless faith...
     
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  23. Galant

    Galant Love - Unity - Sacrifice - Eternity Staff Member

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    I'll just be excited to not see the bubble screen run 10 times or more a game, and the ball run on 3rd and long. :D


    But seriously... perhaps the most interesting thing this season will be the newness. We'll get a chance to see what sort of football Flores and co. put on the field. We'll see how the players respond, see what sort of attitude they bring to the field, especially if it does become obvious they're facing a tough season.

    I'll be excited to see if the offensive and defensive lines show some solid cohesion and can take/generate pressure.

    And last but not least, I'll be excited to take a look the new players we pick up, and to see current players return - Grant, McMillan, Drake, Minkah, even Parker (Can he finally make it happen?) Etc.
     
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  24. EverFin

    EverFin Active Member

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    I wonder what the ceiling ist for Grant and McMillan. I don't believe that we have already seen what they are capable of. I'm ready to enjoy every few Little bright spot next season.
     
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  25. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    When I was young, losses would stick with me until Wednesday or Thursday, usually because those teams were good and I expected them to win every week. There were ways they could have pulled most of them out.

    These days, between the team having been poor for so long and me getting older, married and with kids, I dont have that emotional crush that lingers like that anymore. If they get better again though, maybe it will.
     
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  26. Mafioso

    Mafioso Air Force's #1 Phin Fan

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    I agree. Hopefully the "we suck, typical dolphins, ross sell the team, fire everyone" threads dont completely take over the forum and people can see the forest through the trees. Knowing this season will be full of ups and downs i think it would be great to see us focus on discussing young player development and if for some reason Flores overcome the odds and has us in contention late in the year than thats just a testament to his coaching and leadership in the face of adversity...even tho it would set us back in the draft position battle lol.

    Heres to a new year not hyped up with false expectations and inevitable disappointment!
     
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  27. Irishman

    Irishman Active Member

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    Are you delusional? This is the NFL. There is always pressure on everybody.

    The ones that don't let the pressure define them are going to be the ones that do well!
     
  28. Surfs Up 99

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    I can understand where others are coming from because $300 is a lot of money. However, I plan on watching every game. Most likely I will be working on Sunday, so I will have to shell out a $100 for the season pass and watch the game when I can. For me, it's sort of one of those things. If I don't stay involved I may lose interest and I don't want that to happen. The Dolphins have been a part of my life a long time.
     
  29. mbsinmisc

    mbsinmisc Season Ticket Holder

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    I am more excited about this team, with a new coaching staff, a full complement of draft picks, and a plan to build the foundation than the last 10 years of "just patch the roof, it might not rain tomorrow". If they draft DL/OL, play hard and are coached well I will be truly excited about the direction of the Phins for the first time in a long while.
     
  30. ExplosionsInDaSky

    ExplosionsInDaSky Well-Known Member

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    I sat through the 76ers rebuild. Showing up either through audio or on League pass for at least 80% of the games during their dark ages. I can sit through this too I guess. The difference is we still have extremely talented players on this team whereas the 76ers did not. I get it...Two totally different sports.
     
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  31. Hooligan

    Hooligan Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Of course I'm delusional, I'm a Dolphins fan hoping for a Superbowl appearance.
     
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  32. Galant

    Galant Love - Unity - Sacrifice - Eternity Staff Member

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