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Topic Of The Week: Derek Hagan


The Miami Dolphins have themselves a problem.  They are thin at WR.  The obvious choices to start are Ted Ginn on the outside and free agent signee Ernest Wilford on the other.  So who starts in the slot?  Who gives the numbers 1 and 2 a break?  With the depth a problem and a roster loaded with question marks at the position, the emerging guy could very well be 3rd year veteran Derek Hagan.

Hagan was drafted 2 years ago in the final Nick Saban draft.  He did little his rookie year as many WR’s struggle.  Last year, Hagan again struggled as did all of the Miami Dolphins.  Yet, for WR’s, year 3 is the normal breakout year, if they are in fact going to break out.

A receiver with good speed, Derek Hagan has always run crisp routes.  It has been his inability to consistently catch the balls thrown his way.  Much in the same way that Chris Chambers caught his passes, Hagan seems to have a knack for catching the hard ones and dropping the easy ones. 

Today, our topic of the week is Derek Hagan.  What are your thoughts on this young WR in what can only be his make or break year.  I leave you that thought along with this quote from head coach Tony Sparano.

“I heard all the stories and all that, and I know the kid was out here on his own time spending a lot of time catching balls from the jugs machine, catching balls with the quarterbacks and doing all those things,” Sparano said. “I really like where this guy is right now and I think he’s playing with a little bit of confidence. When you play with confidence and you feel good about yourself, you play fast.”

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  • Ron Evans

    It is very hard for me to believe that Hagan has “turned it around.” I would much rather depend on a guy like Camarillo who proved his worth on the field; not in the newspaper. Talk. as they say, is cheap. I believe Cam said it best “Potential will only get you beat.”

  • http://www.Phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Cameron had a lot of potential…about 15 games worth…LOL.

    I am not sold that Hagan can all of the sudden learn to catch the ball.  He had the same problem in college if memory serves.  It will be interesting to see what he does in TC and if he is still around…in pre-season action.

  • MadDog

    I hope he proves me wrong but I don’t see it happening. A player who during his career has been dropping easy passes now catching them seems very far fetched. Now if they found out he has an eye problem and got him glasses and now he can see the ball then catching the easy ones now seems feasible!