Guys that should be worried as cuts loom
On to serious business:
This is a difficult time for NFL teams because, for the most part, every player in a camp is talented in some notable fashion. Fine players get cut all the time so there is no disgrace in it.
But there are only 53 jobs open on a roster, not counting the eight practice squad spots. So somebody has gotta go.
But rather than tell you about guys that are likely outta here (you don't care about them anyway) let me first tell you about a few fringe guys that actually have a chance to make it.
Nose tackle Steve Fifita has been dominant at times this preseason. Granted it's against second- and third-team guys but it's not his fault which players line up across from him. I think he makes it. Cameron Worrell has a chance because he's smart and doesn't screw up much, which is understandable because the guy is a four-year vet.
Cornerbacks Derrick Johnson and Shirdonya Mitchell are locked in a battle for a cornerback spot, depending on how coaches constitute the roster. If the spot opens up, Johnson has a slight edge now. If the spot doesn't open up, Mitchell is practice squad eligible while Johnson is not.
Tight end Courtney Anderson struggled early in training camp as he adjusted to Miami's tougher practices and different offensive system. He's still not quite in the kind of shape Miami wants but he's progressing and he's proven to be a threat down the field.
You should understand that practice squads have been expanded by two this year. So I expect virtually all of Miami's draft picks to be around the team even if they get cut.
Joe Toledo (what bad luck, this guy) is headed for the reserve PUP or Injured Reserve lists. Saw him in the locker room the other day and he still walks with a limp, so best case scenario he won't be on the radar screen again until after the sixth game of the year. Or he'll be out for the year. Again.
By the way, if my name is Matt Prater, Ryan Flinn, Chris Vedder, Ray Perkins, Chris Harrell, Stephen Parker, Mike Malone, Jason Rader or Kevin Vickerson, I'd be worried the ax is about to fall. (late afternoon update: The ax fell on all those guys except Parker.)