This Miami Dolphins prediction of the 53-man roster for 2022 may or not have the players you expect to be on the team.
If you want a prediction of what the 53-man roster will look like for the Miami Dolphins in 2022, look to Mike McDaniel‘s San Francisco 49ers offense in 2021. Last year’s 49ers roster won’t tell you what Dolphins players will make the roster this year. But it will give you a blueprint of how many players he may include at each position. As offensive coordinator for the 49ers in 2021, McDaniel and Kyle Shanahan had a certain number of players listed on the roster for every position. The number of players at those positions may look similar for the Dolphins in 2022.
Miami Dolphins 2022 53-Man Roster Prediction
Quarterback (2)- Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater
The quarterback position is probably the easiest to predict. The 49ers only carried two quarterbacks last season, Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance. For the Dolphins, they will carry Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater. Seventh-round draft pick Skylar Thompson will most likely be kept on the practice squad.
Running Back (4)- Sony Michel, Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, ZaQuandre White
This may be one of the toughest predictions to make. With the off-season signings of Sony Michel, Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, and undrafted free agent ZaQuandre White, it makes it hard to believe that any of these players won’t be on the 53-man roster. Michel, Edmonds, and Mostert are almost a given to make the roster, and White has been doing well, competing for that final spot.
Signing Phillip Lindsay and Duke Johnson late last season and four running backs this off-season may be a sign that the Dolphins may already have given up on Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed as RB1 and RB2. If White makes the roster, then expect Gaskin and Ahmed to be playing for another team by week one. That would most likely place Gerrid Doaks on the practice squad for the second consecutive year. However, if White remains on the practice squad with Doaks, then Gaskin will most likely take the fourth spot.
Fullback (1)- Alec Ingold
McDaniel will use a fullback in his offense, primarily for blocking, so expect the off-season signing of Alec Ingold to be part of the plan.
Wide Receiver (6)- Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Cedric Wilson, Preston Williams, Erik Ezukanma, Lynn Bowden, Jr.
If Lynn Bowden, Jr. can stay healthy and has a good training camp and pre-season, chances are good that he will make the cut. If not, then expect that sixth receiver spot to go to Trent Sherfield or Braylon Sanders. Although Bowden played in only one season, he catches over 75% of passes thrown to him, which is very high. Expect Ezukanma to make the roster since receiving coach Wes Welker pushed to get him and Grier said he fit their profile. Hill, Waddle, Wilson, and Williams should take the top four spots.
Tight End (3)- Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe, Adam Shaheen
Last season, the 49ers only carried three tight ends. If McDaniel sticks with that number, then until other tight ends can prove they belong, Gesicki, Smythe, and Shaheen are safe picks to make the cut.
Offensive Tackle (4)- Terron Armstead, Liam Eichenberg, Austin Jackson, Kellen Diesch
It’s obvious that Armstead will start at left tackle, but right tackle is still to be decided. Eichenberg could start at right tackle but that’s only if the Dolphins don’t decide to put Austin Jackson at that position. Diesch was highly profiled before going undrafted. If McDaniel and his offensive coaches can bring the best potential out of him, there’s a chance Greg Little and Robert Jones won’t make the cut.
Guard (3)- Robert Hunt, Solomon Kindley, Michael Deiter
If the plans are to start Connor Williams at center, then expect Deiter, Hunt, and Kindley to compete for the two starting guard positions.
Center (1)- Connor Williams
Until there is news otherwise, the plans are to start Connor Williams at center.
Defensive Line (6)- Emmanuel Ogbah, Christian Wilkins, Raekwon Davis, Zach Sieler, John Jenkins, Adam Butler
This prediction was difficult simply because of how many position players the Dolphins have compared to what the 49ers carried last season. In 2021, the 49ers had 11 defensive linemen and five linebackers on their 53-man roster. However, the Dolphins are carrying more linebackers than they are defensive linemen. But for those who make it on defense will be because Josh Boyer will have a lot of input on who needs to be on McDaniel’s team. The Dolphins carried six defensive linemen in 2021 and the same predicted players here are the same players that made the 53-man roster last season.
Linebacker (10)- Jaelan Phillips, Duke Riley, Melvin Ingram, Jerome Baker, Channing Tindall, Andrew Van Ginkel, Elandon Roberts, Brennan Scarlett, Porter Gustin, Sam Eguavoen
The prediction is that the Dolphins will carry ten linebackers this season. The most difficult decision is who will make the team for the final three spots. With the addition of Ingram, Tindall, and Gustin, everyone else listed will be returning on the roster spot. Given the upside that Tindall has over Goode to make the roster, it will be safe to say that if Goode makes the practice squad, he’ll be set to replace any injured player.
Cornerback (6)- Xavien Howard, Byron Jones, Keion Crossen, Noah Igbinoghene, Nik Needham, Trill Williams
The Dolphins carried seven cornerbacks last season. This season, expect that number to be down to six. Howard and Jones will lead the top spots with Igbinoghene, Needham, Williams, and Crossen to follow. Crossen most likely will make the team to be a return specialist.
Safety (4)- Eric Rowe, Jevon Holland, Brandon Jones, Clayton Fejedelem
The last safety spot will be a competition between Fejedelem and Sheldrick Redwine. Until Redwine beats out Fejedelem, who has been on the 53-man roster for the Dolphins the past two seasons, the prediction is for Fejedelem as of now.
Specialist (3)- Jason Sanders, Thomas Morstead, Blake Ferguson
This group of players is the easiest of all the predictions. Sanders will get kicking duties, while Morstead gets punting duties, and Ferguson is the long snapper.