On the fifth receiver and other things
We know, following yesterday's chaos with Chris Chambers, the Dolphins have four receivers who are virtual locks to make the roster. They are: Marty Booker, Chambers, Ted Ginn Jr., and Derek Hagan.
So everyone is wondering whether P.K. Sam, Az-Zahir Hakim, Kerry Reed, or Michael Malone will earn the alleged final spot that remains. If indeed a fifth spot remains, seems to me Hakim would be the guy to get it based on his experience in the system.
But I'm telling you don't be so sure the Dolphins will go with five receivers. Several teams around the NFL are going with four receivers these days and it makes a lot of sense for the Dolphins to do the same.
First, none of the guys vying for that fifth spot have really wowed anyone so far. Maybe someone breaks out tonight, but this has otherwise been a just-OK group.
Second, if you keep only four receivers, you can add a roster spot at another spot -- like at tight end where both Aaron Halterman and Courtney Anderson have impressed coaches at times or at RB where Patrick Cobbs could be kept along with Jesse Chatman, Ronnie Brown, and Lorenzo Booker.
I know some of you are concerned that keeping only four receivers leaves Miami open to depth problems should injury befall one of the top four. Well, the shield against that is putting Reed, or Malone, or both on the practice squad. If an injury happens, you just sign one of them to the active roster.
It's something to keep in mind as the Dolphins trim their roster in the coming days.
On another matter: John Beck will make his first preseason start tonight. None of the starters are expected to play so neither Trent Green nor backup Cleo Lemon are going to be exposed behind Miami's second-string offensive line.
Beck is scheduled to play up to three quarters with Gibran Hamdan taking the rest of the duty.
Also, as you've probably seen elsewhere on The Herald website, Cam Cameron is not coaching the team tonight. Dom Capers will act as head coach. Mike Mularkey will call the offensive plays and George Edwards will be the defensive coordinator.
The team is giving a couple of ridiculous reasons for this happening, but I refuse to place them here. I'm too busy coming up with mocking jokes for my game column.
(By the way, check back before the game for pregame updates, and I'll have a post-game wrap. You can also leave your comments during the game so everyone can know what you're thinking.)