Dolphins waive 11 players as roster cut downs for the regular season begin - Matt Hazel, A.J. Cruz among them
The Miami Dolphins are required to cut their roster down to 75 by August 30th, and they've gotten started by waiving 11 players and cutting it down to 78 total.
The players cut were linebacker Akil Blount, offensive linemen Ruben Carter and Vinston Painter, wide receivers Brandon Shippen, A.J. Cruz, Matt Hazel, long snapper Ryan DiSalvo, tight end Gabe Hughes, cornerbacks Al Louis-Jean, Brandon Harris, and kicker Marshall Koehn.
The biggest names on this list are wide receivers Matt Hazel and A.J. Cruz, both very talented and had different characteristics that made them valuable. Hazel has been overshadowed by others on the depth chart ever since he was drafted, and will probably land on a roster elsewhere, while Cruz was the main competitor with Jakeem Grant for returner duty.
Miami brought in competition for the long snapper position when they signed Ryan DiSalvo, but apparently he didn't do enough to warrant cutting veteran John Denney, who is owed $1,215,000 in 2016 and would have saved the Dolphins $1,115,000 if he was cut.
Al Louis-Jean and Brandon Harris were brought in during the middle of training camp to fill the void left by injured players Xavien Howard and Chimdi Chekwa, as well as Ifo Ekpre-Olomu who has since been released due to another ACL tear. Neither players were particularly impressive.
Miami still has three cuts to go before they reach the 75-player limit, stay tuned as we keep an eye on who will make the cut and won't.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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