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Miami Dolphins roster projection as NFL’s cut deadline nears

Leonte Carroo remains an intriguing project for the Dolphins. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

MINNEAPOLIS—The NFL’s annual final cut day is an unpleasant time of year for everyone involved, with coaching staffs forced to release players they like and those players thrust into the open market as free agents hoping someone else calls.

This is the first year the league didn’t have a mid-preseason cut to 75, so most teams are faced with trimming from 90 to 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m. The Dolphins have 89 on their roster presently, with a few guys likely clearing space by going to Injured Reserve or another list that keeps them on the team without counting toward the roster limit.

The worst part for the players is that surviving Saturday’s cut doesn’t guarantee they’re actually on the team. There will likely be about 1,100 players released throughout the league, presenting the Dolphins with a host of candidates they might prefer over some of the players they kept.

As Miami sweats through its cuts, here’s a projected list of who’s going to make the team:

Quarterback (2)
Jay Cutler
Matt Moore

Running back (4)
Jay Ajayi
Damien Williams
Kenyan Drake
Storm Johnson

Wide receiver (5*)
Jarvis Landry
DeVante Parker
Kenny Stills
Jakeem Grant
Leonte Carroo

Tight end (3)
Julius Thomas
Anthony Fasano
MarQueis Gray

Offensive line (9)
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Source:: Palm Beach Post