Former Vikings Defender Cut for 2nd Time This Offseason

Signs with Dolphins
Aug 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Myles Dorn (46) and defensive back Kris Boyd (29) talk before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

The Miami Dolphins and 31 NFL teams have five days to meet the league’s roster threshold of 53 players as all depth charts diminish from 90 by Tuesday, August 29th, at 3:00 pm CST.

Former Vikings Defender Cut for 2nd Time This Offseason

And with the deadline approaching, Miami made three roster moves Thursday, one affecting a former Minnesota Vikings defender, Myles Dorn, who was waived with an injury designation.

Cut for 2nd
Dec 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Myles Dorn (46) knocks the football out of the hand of Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16), causing a fumble during the second half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports.

The Dolphins announced, “The Miami Dolphins announced they have signed linebacker A.J. Johnson, waived linebacker Mike Rose and waived/injured safety Myles Dorn.”

Dorn will hit waivers but could rejoin Miami and land on Injured Reserve. We shall see.

Defender Heads to Panthers
Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Tyrion Davis-Price (32) runs while Minnesota Vikings safety Myles Dorn (46) defends during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The young defender was also a member of the Carolina Panthers this offseason, signed by general manager Scott Fitterer in January, but was released about eight weeks ago. He signed with the Dolphins earlier this month and had hoped to land a 53-man roster spot in Miami, probably on special teams, but the injury dampened the plan.

The son of retired NFL cornerback Torin Dorn, the defender joined the Vikings via undrafted free agency in 2020 and stayed linked to the organization for three seasons. In 2022, Dorn lived on the practice squad for most of the year. The North Carolinian played 14 total games in Minnesota, tallying 208 special teams snaps but no defensive appearances.

Nov 3, 2018; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Jordan Mason (24) carries the football against North Carolina Tar Heels safety Myles Dorn (1) in the second half at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets won 38-28. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports.

Dorn would’ve played for the Vikings in 2022 if injuries arose to Harrison Smith, Camryn Bynum, Josh Metellus, or Theo Jackson. But aside from Lewis Cine’s broken leg in London, Minnesota’s safeties remained upright, for the most part.

The North Carolina alumnus stood out as a positive for the Vikings throughout preseason in 2022. He appeared in all three games and started one of them. Dorn recorded 13 tackles during the appearances and had a pair of passes defended.

Dolphins Name Starting QB vs. Vikings
Sep 18, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports.

Last year, Miami’s defense ranked 15th in defensive DVOA, 19th in yards allowed, 24th in points allowed, and 24th in EPA/Play. The club added cornerback Cam Smith in Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft, linebacker David Long from the Tennessee Titans, EDGE rusher Malik Reed from the Pittsburgh Steelers, and recently cornerback Eli Apple from the Cincinnati Bengals via free agency.

The Dolphins also employ former Vikings defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman.

Dorn turned 25 in June. He worked out for the Houston Texans in July as well.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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