In a surprising turn of events, the Miami Dolphins have decided to part ways with wide receiver Michael Preston after he made a good first impression during training camp.
What makes it surprising however is not so much the release itself, but rather the timing of it. There are still two preseason games to be played, and he was in the middle of a battle between wide receivers Rishard Matthews and Matt Hazel, although it's clear Matthews has nailed down the fifth spot.
The 6'5" wide receiver was a standout early in training camp, but during the two preseason games, he only made one catch for six yards. Whether that was a result of backup quarterback Matt Moore locking on to Matt Hazel, who made four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers on Saturday, or Preston's lack of skill, is up for debate.
Even Preston wasn't expecting to be released when he was, and he took to his Twitter account to make the announcement that he'd been released.
A theory going around is that the Dolphins decided to release Preston early to give him a legitimate chance to latch on with another team since the Dolphins don't appear to have room for him. Wide receiver needy teams include the Carolina Panthers, who lost their number one receiver Kelvin Benjamin to a torn ACL for the season during the joint practices.
Preston can be a useful addition to a lot of teams in the NFL, and if the Dolphins did indeed release Preston early to give him a chance to latch on elsewhere, that's just proof of the Dolphins being the first class organization that Preston says they are. We wish him luck.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
Latest Dolphins News