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Dolphins cut bait on draft bust Michael Egnew

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Whenever a General Manager gets fired, his pet projects are living on borrowed time.

So when 2012 third-rounder Michael Egnew failed to progress, he was an easy mark for the Dolphins now that Jeff Ireland is gone.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Dolphins are waiving Egnew today.

Criticism of Egnew was common during Hard Knocks in his rookie season, and with the guy who picked him no longer in charge, it became easier to admit a draft mistake.

He caught seven passes for 69 yards last year, after appearing in just two games as a rookie.

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48 Responses to “Dolphins cut bait on draft bust Michael Egnew”
  1. ron1083 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:05 PM

    about time…

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 22, 2014 3:08 PM

    Oh, and he played Tight End for the Dolphins, in case you were wondering.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 22, 2014 3:10 PM

    It’s so sad that Mr. Ross couldn’t figure out that he had a lousy GM, and then even continued to double-down on him before then changing his mind. Such a disappointing thing to see and experience, especially considering we also got an up close and intimate look at how bad the GM was from that show in addition to being able to follow his lousy transactions and ideas of how to build a team. Just a real shame, it’s not even my hometown team and I’m still bummed out about it, and there was never any real closure or apology for that disaster of an experience.

  4. axespray says: Aug 22, 2014 3:12 PM

    People wanna run Joe out of town.
    Dude was stuck with freaking Ireland.

    Give him a decent GM and if his team continues to go 8-8, then can him for another coach (who’ll promptly go 7-9 the next season).

  5. boomboombrown says: Aug 22, 2014 3:13 PM

    Packers. They are extremely thin at the position. Worst in the league in fact!

  6. guvsta says: Aug 22, 2014 3:17 PM

    There’s an old saying: if it doesn’t throw, catch, run or tackle then it must be a Dolphins’ second or third round pick.

  7. scmems07 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:20 PM

    Ireland was good at finding talent late in the rounds, he just missed on to many early and mid rd picks, other than tannehill and pouncy.

    Hickey has brought in good players that fit the team and didn’t just make flashy moves for attention, he will get this team back on track.

  8. oldcracker says: Aug 22, 2014 3:24 PM

    Mr. Egnew, its Ray Farmer from the Browns on the line for you.

  9. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:25 PM

    Whos the HC down there?
    He should be packing too. The Fins havent had a winning season since 08. That sucks! Bunch bullies that cant win

  10. revren10 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:27 PM

    Patriots will sign him and release him after they get copy of dolphins play book

  11. johnlongdongsilver says: Aug 22, 2014 3:27 PM

    Chip Kelly will pick him up and he will be salvaged through our practice squad. Chip is a wizard.

  12. omegalh says: Aug 22, 2014 3:33 PM

    Is there any other choice but to be a bust in the dolphins offense?

  13. fordmandalay says: Aug 22, 2014 3:37 PM

    When is Dion Jordan going to get the same treatment?

  14. rajbais says: Aug 22, 2014 3:37 PM

    Another Mizzou TE failing.

    They’ll always fail.

    Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker were failures. Only Jeff Ireland was dumb to ignore that fact.

  15. 69finfan says: Aug 22, 2014 3:39 PM

    Good, behind Clay and Sims the Fins have 2 or 3 other TE’s that are all better than Egnew.

  16. quadya says: Aug 22, 2014 3:39 PM

    Not sure if I consider a 3rd rounder a bust. He was extremely athletic coming out of Mizzu and was more than likely a product of the system there than anything. Good thing is, we have big play Clay coming into his own. predicting a huge year for him. If you have watched the phins first two preseason games you have to like how the are moving the ball and that new offense. How you guys ranked them 2nd to last in embarrassing…8-8 team last year. Almost made the playoffs with one of the worst Olines ever. Typical PFT hating on the phins.

  17. weepingjebus says: Aug 22, 2014 3:42 PM

    The good news is that the Dolphins definitely didn’t trade away a star WR to draft him, either.

  18. FinFan68 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:46 PM

    Plays soft. Decent hands though. I bet the Pats take a look.

  19. iamkillerfin says: Aug 22, 2014 3:48 PM

    IT IS ABOUT TIME!!! Another GREAT Ireland pick!!! Philbin will be next

  20. uglydingo says: Aug 22, 2014 3:52 PM

    Egnew was a star at his Draft Combine in nearly all events. He still holds the record for the greatest broad jump by a TE.
    Former GM, Jeff Ireland was far too impressed by the underwear olympics and way overdrafted him.
    Waiving Egnew is a message to all Draft analysts who get too excited by the Combine results. Study the game tape or run the risk of a major bust.

  21. dkalev says: Aug 22, 2014 3:58 PM

    You there jerry Reese? It’s time

  22. explosionsauce says: Aug 22, 2014 4:01 PM

    I dunno about 3rd rounders being called busts, seems like that is a distinction for 1st rounders, maybe 2nd rounders too. But 3rd rounders, not sure.

  23. dilberry says: Aug 22, 2014 4:11 PM

    Its hard to call a 3rd round pick a “bust”.

  24. jimmysee says: Aug 22, 2014 4:12 PM

    Didn’t he used to be Nixon’s Vice President?

    That guy was worthless, too.

  25. oraclepz1 says: Aug 22, 2014 4:19 PM

    ^ tell that to Charles clay.. The human Swiss Army knife

  26. zmc75 says: Aug 22, 2014 4:23 PM

    Blame Ireland all you want but if we won our final two games last season, we would’ve been in the playoffs and Ireland would still be here. That was Philbin’s fault, not Ireland.

  27. afcdomination says: Aug 22, 2014 4:28 PM

    could tell he was a total bust on hard knocks. much like chase Coffman. not sure why the coaches don’t see it that quickly in workouts because it was evident in practice tape

  28. bassplucker says: Aug 22, 2014 4:40 PM

    The Bears need a big, talented #2 TE now that Zach Miller is on their IR. And Phil Emery had pretty good luck with that other pass catcher they brought over from the Fins a few years back. Just sayin.

  29. Bill Belitext says: Aug 22, 2014 4:52 PM

    Not sure if I would call him a bust. To me, a bust is a player that 32 teams think is going to be a cant miss prospect, and then ends up being terrible.

    This kid was viewed as a 6th round talent by 31 teams and drafted in the 3rd round by 1 team. Not exactly his fault that one team over reached on him.

    I would be curious to see what he could do in a different system. The only way to know if a player truly doesnt have the ability is if he fails in multiple systems

  30. haywoodjablomee says: Aug 22, 2014 4:57 PM

    Ireland singlehandedly dismantled the Dolphin franchise for years to come.

  31. godofwine330 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:10 PM

    Missouri has a bit of a history of putting out poor quality NFL TE’s. The Bengals drafted Chase Coffman in the 3rd round in 2009 and he totalled 4 catches for 41 yards for his career, and if I remember correctly he was rated pretty high as a receiving TE pre-draft. If he truly wants to play inthe NFL he should try AFL and bone up his skills, otherwise, he made more than a million dollars in 2 years, I hope he saved.

  32. sidepull says: Aug 22, 2014 5:16 PM

    One day this could be the headline for RG3

  33. rockymtnphinfan says: Aug 22, 2014 5:18 PM

    Thank you GM!
    It’s about time.

  34. kcflake says: Aug 22, 2014 5:34 PM

    Mr. Egnew, new england on line 1

  35. ragingsea says: Aug 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    Anybody that totally fails to live up to the expectations their salary demands is a bust. Regardless of whether they are a first rounder or an undrafted free agent.

    Good riddance Egnew.

    …Jets!

  36. ghost26 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:01 PM

    ‘zmc75 says: Aug 22, 2014 4:23 PM

    Blame Ireland all you want but if we won our final two games last season, we would’ve been in the playoffs and Ireland would still be here. That was Philbin’s fault, not Ireland.’

    Zmc,

    I don’t know how any Dolphin fan can POSSIBLY defend Ireland at this point. Are you kidding me??? It’s still early but based on what I’ve saw last season & from what I’ve seen in the pre-season–Dion Jordan actually has a chance to make Tedd Ginn look like a good draft pick. And even if Jordan becomes a decent pass rusher there’s NO WAY you trade up to the 3rd overall pick & not take a OT w/ the guys we had last year. No way.

    As for last season, I honestly have no idea how we won 8 games. The O-line was historically awful, the running game was non-existent, & our run defense was pathetic. These are the reasons we didn’t make the playoffs last year & even if we somehow beat the Bills or the Jets & finished the season 9-7 & actually made the playoffs we would have gotten embarrassed.

  37. ghost26 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:03 PM

    ‘kcflake says: Aug 22, 2014 5:34 PM

    Mr. Egnew, new england on line 1′

    NE looks for smart players & Egnew is an idiot. With that said if NE signs him look for Egnew to burn us. LOL!

  38. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 22, 2014 6:44 PM

    The only drafted receiver that Gabbert had to throw to in college.

  39. scmems07 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:51 PM

    Funny how philbin was in the running for coach of the year heading into week 15 and everyone was saying how great of a job he was doing and then they lose their last 2 games to 2 of the best pass rushing teams in the league, with the worst o line in the league, and all of a sudden he can’t coach, so many clueless people here.

  40. scmems07 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:55 PM

    “even if we somehow beat the Bills or the Jets & finished the season 9-7 & actually made the playoffs we would have gotten embarrassed.”

    Embarrassed against the Bengals, who the dolphins are 2-0 against in the past 2 years, including a win against them with the terrible o line, yea, that makes sense.

  41. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 22, 2014 11:13 PM

    bengalskuta82 says:

    Whos the HC down there?
    He should be packing too. The Fins havent had a winning season since 08. That sucks! Bunch bullies that cant win
    ——————————————–
    I recall the Dolphins did beat the Bengal’s last year.

    Hickey seems to have drafted a second round steal in Jarvis Landry.

  42. phinagain says: Aug 23, 2014 1:39 AM

    this is the guy we drafted instead of T.Y. Hilton, who was still on the board. and who went to school here. Classic dolphins. Thanks, Jeff!

    Is Ireland also out of the league now? What happened to him?

  43. howleyesque says: Aug 23, 2014 4:29 AM

    IRELAND? But… But…. BUT HE’S ONE OF THOSE…. you know…FOOTBALL GUYS! At least that’s what all too many FOOLS among the Cowboys “fan base” will tell you.

  44. phinfan says: Aug 23, 2014 11:12 AM

    Ireland was good at finding talent late in the rounds, he just missed on to many early and mid rd picks, other than tannehill and pouncy.
    ####
    I never did understand why ireland swung and missed early, dont forget jake long was solid. I hope seattle uses him for low round picks only lol

  45. 305phinphan says: Aug 23, 2014 2:11 PM

    The Pats sign him for play book knowledge? Really? Egnew is not very smart, I would be surprised if he could remember 10 plays from that offense.

  46. scamuel says: Aug 23, 2014 9:23 PM

    Maybe they can replace him with Johnny Azzhole with his stiff middle finger from Cleveland as their next “pet project!”

  47. djscottyb says: Aug 24, 2014 3:00 AM

    Compared to other 3rd rounders that year, Egnew was a complete bust as a third round pick. Other 3rd rounders that year:
    #72 Olivier Vernon, #75 Russell Wilson #78 Egnew, #88 Nick Foles, #92 T.Y. Hilton. Bust Nice guy, and played like one: soft.

  48. coldwater32301 says: Aug 26, 2014 12:03 PM

    The crazy part is watch someone else like the Patriots or New Orleans pick him up and he becomes a star… it always happens…Indeed…

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