It appears the Miami Dolphins are rebuilding the 2012 roster on the fly.
On Friday the team released a pair of veteran receivers who fell short of expectation, and two veteran linebackers they expected to rely on.
Clyde Gates, a 2011 fourth-round pick, and Roberto Wallace, a two-year veteran the coaches and front office had high hopes for, were released.
Other notables who got released were linebackers Gary Guyton, a five-year veteran who had been a starter for the Patriots, and Jamaal Westerman, a former Rutgers standout who played his first three season with the New York Jets.
The Dolphins signed both linebackers to one-year contracts worth the veteran minimum this offseason. Both were expected to be core special teams players, but its obvious the Dolphins felt they might be able to find better on the waiver wire.
The Dolphins are actively looking for playmakers who can upgrade the receiver position, so Gates and Wallace's release aren't too surprising.
Wallace, who caught five passes for 82 yards in the preseason, got passed up on the depth chart by Marlon Moore. Gates, who was the fastest player on the roster, has been a huge disappointment this camp. The former Abilene Christian standout ran horrible routes, and struggled with a hamstring injury early in camp. During the exhibition season he caught three passes for 33 yards, and ran one reverse for 11 yards.
The Dolphins have to cut the roster down to 53 players by Friday night (9 p.m.), and its likely that more players could be released even later considering Miami plans to use the waiver wire to claim more than half a dozen players on Saturday.
The Dolphins are eighth in the waiver wire claims list, which means the Dolphins have first dibs on players with less than four years of experience as long as they aren't claimed first by the Colts, Rams, Vikings, Browns, Buccaneers, Redskins and Jaguars, which are the teams ahead of the Dolphins.
Players who were also released by the Dolphins are defensive tackle Ryan Baker, a three-year veteran of the team, rookie receivers B.J Cunningham and Jeff Fuller, and cornerbacks Vincent Agnew, Quinten Lawrence and Kevyn Scott.
The Dolphins could re-sign a few of the young players, placing them on the team's eight player practice squad if they aren't claimed by another NFL team.
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