After a lackluster effort resulted in his team’s fourth loss in five games last Sunday, you could sense there would be changes made by first year Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.
The moves began Tuesday, just two days after the Dolphins were beaten 30-17 at home, but, it’s not QB Ryan Tannehill who’s going to the bench to watch for a while, at least not yet.
Instead, Gase began his house cleaning by chopping two offensive linemen, Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner, and running back Isaiah Pead.
The decision to let go of Pead, who was the fifth back in a crowded running back corps, suggests Arian Foster could be ready to return from his three-week absence due to a hamstrings strain, perhaps in time for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.
The Dolphins didn’t just subtract, of course. They also added to their roster, signing corner back Chimdi Chekwa and offensive tackle Sam Young to the active roster.
The Dolphins also signed center Jake Brendel and offensive tackle Terry Poole to their practice squad.
Young, a Coral Springs native who played high school ball at. St. Thomas Aquinas, has been around the NFL for a while now, having spent parts of six seasons with the Cowboys, Bills and Jaguars before originally signing with the Dolphins last March.
Chekwa, a fourth-round pick of the Raiders out of Ohio State in 2011, spent part of the 2015 season with the Patriots, and could challenge Tony Lippett or Byron Maxwell for playing time following their struggles last Sunday against Tennessee.