The Miami Dolphins took the second of three steps to ultimately get down to their 53-player active roster for the regular season on Tuesday.
Former Miami Hurricanes standout Sheldrick Redwine, a member of the Dolphins’ active roster for much of last season, was among those waived.
The team announced four other roster moves on Tuesday morning, well ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline to get down to 80 players. The Dolphins also waived punter Sterling Hofrichter and linebacker Deandre Johnson, a UM alum like Redwine. Miami placed cornerback Mackensie Alexander and fullback John Lovett on injured reserve.
Alexander, a six-year NFL veteran from Immokalee, was signed just last week after fellow cornerback Trill Williams was placed on IR.
The major cut-down day for 27 more players next Tuesday, Aug. 30, remains. Dolphins that have survived the first two cuts will get one final chance to make their impression on coach Mike McDaniel and his staff over joint practices with the Eagles on Wednesday and Thursday and a preseason finale against Philadelphia on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium.
“I think the 53 is for the 53 best players,” McDaniel said on Sunday of the upcoming decisions. “You’re open to whatever. You have to consider a lot of different things and sometimes that leaves you short or heavy in certain positions, but what I’ve found in my career is that you don’t pigeonhole yourself and make absolutes. You’d like to carry a certain amount of players and you’d like to have your cake and eat it, too, a lot of items, but when individuals’ performances merit it, you have to keep the 53 best players.”
Last week, tight end Adam Shaheen was placed on injured reserve and four others in offensive lineman Cole Banwart, wide receiver DeVonte Dedmon, defensive lineman Jordan Williams and cornerback Tino Ellis comprised the five moves to reach 85 on the training camp roster. Ellis was waived with an injury settlement.