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Winters Mill grad Braun cut by Dolphins

Jeff Braun knows the NFL is a numbers game when it comes to paring down rosters during training camp.
So when the Miami Dolphins made their first cuts of the summer Friday morning, Braun wasn't too surprised when he saw his name on the list.
Braun, a 2008 Winters Mill High School graduate, was one of the Dolphins' first cuts a day before the team's third preseason game.
The 23-year-old, who started for three years at West Virginia as an offensive lineman, joined Miami in early August after being signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent back in April. The Ravens released Braun in May, but Miami picked him up in need of linemen.
Braun played three different positions on the Mountaineers' line, and his versatility paid off in Miami. The Dolphins played Braun at center and left guard Aug. 17 against Houston. A week later, however, Braun was gone.
"At this point, nothing's a surprise," he said in a telephone interview Friday. "I knew when the cut dates were. I also knew that I came in here so late, that I had an uphill battle. That kind of hurt me a little bit."
Braun said he'll continue pursuing the NFL, and he left Miami with no hard feelings. Braun said he was in good spirits Friday morning and left a solid impression with the Dolphins' coaching staff and organization.
"It's about being ready and hoping and thinking there might be that next opportunity," he said.
Braun left the following message on his Twitter account Friday: "The Miami Dolphin organization is a class act. Thankful I was given a shot, but this business is a tough one for sure. On to the next ..."

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