Miami Dolphins 53-man roster projection: Will Skylar Thompson and Noah Igbinoghene make the cut?

    The Miami Dolphins' playoff hopes rest with their many stars. But as our 53-man roster projection shows, there are some concerns with the Dolphins' depth.

    Miami Dolphins 53-man roster projection: Will Skylar Thompson and Noah Igbinoghene make the cut?

    The Miami Dolphins have as much top-end talent as any team in the AFC East — the Buffalo Bills included. If those division foes swapped quarterbacks — Josh Allen to the Dolphins, Tua Tagovailoa to the Bills — Miami would be odds-on favorites to win the Super Bowl. But as we go through the Dolphins’ 53-man roster projection, there are some warning signs regarding their depth, with the biggest questions at cornerback and offensive tackle.

    Miami Dolphins 53-man roster projection

    This offseason, the Dolphins handed out nearly $300 million in contracts and surrendered a bunch of draft picks to acquire a bunch of big names — including wide receiver Tyreek Hill, left tackle Terron Armstead, and running back Chase Edmonds. But that spending spree left them thin in draft capital, with their first pick in the 2022 draft not coming until very late in the third round.

    Plus, they’ve had some significant misses in the last few years, including former first-rounder Noah Igbinoghene. All of those decisions left them scrambling to fill holes and hamstrung their roster-building efforts. GM Chris Grier will likely carry players in 2022 who don’t deserve roster spots but get grandfathered through because of draft pedigree (and the embarrassment that would come with admitting a big mistake).

    With all that said, however, the Dolphins have a real chance to make some noise in Mike McDaniel’s first season as a head coach. But they’ll only go as far as their stars take them.

    Starters will be annotated with an asterisk.

    Miami Dolphins offense (26)

    Tua Tagovailoa*
    Teddy Bridgewater
    Skylar Thompson

    Running back:
    Chase Edmonds*
    Raheem Mostert
    Myles Gaskin
    Sony Michel

    Alec Ingold*

    Wide receiver:
    Tyreek Hill*
    Jaylen Waddle*
    Cedrick Wilson
    Trent Sherfield
    Erik Ezukanma
    Lynn Bowden

    Tight end:
    Durham Smythe*
    Mike Gesicki
    Cethan Carter
    Hunter Long

    Offensive tackle:
    Terron Armstead*
    Austin Jackson*
    Greg Little

    Offensive guard:
    Liam Eichenberg*
    Robert Hunt*
    Robert Jones

    Connor Williams*
    Michael Deiter

    Miami Dolphins defense (24)

    Defensive end:
    Christian Wilkins*
    Emmanuel Ogbah*
    Zach Sieler
    Porter Gustin

    Defensive tackle:
    Raekwon Davis*
    John Jenkins
    Benito Jones

    Inside inebacker:
    Elandon Roberts*
    Jerome Baker*
    Channing Tindall

    Outside inebacker:
    Jaelan Phillips*
    Melvin Ingram*
    Andrew Van Ginkel

    Xavien Howard*
    Byron Jones*
    Nik Needham
    Keion Crossen
    Noah Igbinoghene
    Kader Kohou

    Brandon Jones*
    Jevon Holland*
    Eric Rowe
    Elijah Campbell
    Clayton Fejedelem

    Miami Dolphins specialists (3)

    Jason Sanders (K)
    Thomas Morstead (P)
    Blake Ferguson (LS)


    TE Adam Shaheen
    CB Trill Williams
    CB Mackensie Alexander
    FB John Lovett

    90% of these 53-man roster projections were slam dunks, but there were a few moments of doubt. Will Thompson force the Dolphins to keep three QBs? Did Michel show enough to edge out Salvon Ahmed at running back? Will Sam Eguavoen or Gustin be the final front seven player to make the cut? And will Grier really carry Igbinoghene after a poor training camp and preseason? We’ll have definitive answers to all of these questions in less than a week.

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