The released four receivers that spent all of last season with the team, cutting Isaiah Ford, , Rashawn Scott and Drew Morgan on Saturday, which is cut day for all 32 teams.
That likely means the Dolphins will be carrying five receivers on the 53-man roster unless the team claims someone off the waiver wire, or adds another veteran in the coming days, if not weeks.
Scott, a former University of Miami standout who has spent the past two seasons with the Dolphins, was waived injured following right ankle injury he suffered in Thursday night’s 34-7 preseason win over the .
Ford, a 2017 seventh-round pick who missed all of last season because of a knee injury, was the lone player whose status likely created a debate within the Dolphins coaching staff and scouting department. If Ford clears waivers on Sunday it is possible the former Virginia Tech standout could be signed to the Dolphins’ practice squad.
Morgan, a former Arkansas standout who spent all of last season on Miami’s practice squad, is also eligible for the Dolphins’ practice squad. Both Ford and Morgan were being groomed as slot receivers.
Carroo, a 2016 third-round pick, is not eligible for the practice squad. The former Rutgers standout had been a disappointment for the past two seasons, and had yet another quiet exhibition season this summer.
Carroo, who was slowed by a groin strain the past few weeks, concludes his Dolphins career making two starts in 28 games, contributing 10 receptions for 98 yards and one touchdown.
The departure of Carroo, Ford and Morgan likely means the Dolphins will begin the 2018 season with five receivers — Kenny Stills, , , Albert Wilson and — on the 53-man roster. However, considering Parker is sidelined by a broken finger, and Grant is presently in the NFL’s concussion protocol program, it is possible that Miami might play the Sept. 9 season-opener against the Tennessee Titans with only three healthy receivers.
That could be problematic, but it is possible that Parker and Grant might return to practice this week. Parker has been sidelined the past three weeks because of his broken finger that typically takes four to six weeks to heal, and Grant has spent a week resting after suffering a concussion in Miami’s 27-10 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Grant, who also serves as the Dolphins return specialist, must be cleared to play by an independent neurologist, and he might receive that clearance before next Sunday if all goes well.
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