Opportunity Knocks For RGM

I’ll be honest, I didn’t shed a tear when the Miami Dolphins traded Ted Ginn (though I did shed tears of pure happiness when Miami made the trade for Brandon Marshall).  But the Ginn trade did leave Miami with a void at kick returner.

No one can argue that Ginn never lived up to his number 9 overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft.  He dropped his share of passes, ran out of bounds quite a bit, and had plenty of chances to certify himself as a number 1 receiver, but never did.  Despite his performance as a receiver, he may still be missed by the Dolphins in 2010 because of what he brought to the team in the return game. 

Ginn tied for 2nd in the NFL with 2 kick returns for a TD last year, trailing only Josh Cribbs from Cleveland who had 3.  He ranked 13th in the NFL in kick return average, helping the Dolphins to a team ranking of 12th.  But recent history has shown Miami needs to improve on that in 2010 if they have hopes of winning the Super Bowl.  Over the past 8 seasons, 6 of the SB winning teams ranked in the top 10 in kick return average.  The only exceptions being the Pittsburgh Steelers in ’05 and ’08.

So how will Miami crack the top 10?  They really aren’t left with a lot of choices to run back kicks.  Names like Patrick Cobbs, Ryan Grice-Mullen, and Kory Sheets keep popping up to be the replacement for Tedd Ginn.  Out of that bunch, only RGM has shown any real explosiveness running back kicks on the professional level, but that was in Canada.  It will be interesting to see if his game will translate to the NFL.

RGM has turned some heads in OTA’s, but we all know nothing can be determined until the pads are on.  If RGM proves he can be the man when training camp arrives, Miami will be left with a big decision to make.  Will they decide to keep him on the roster so he can return kicks?  Last year, WR Chris Williams showed some promise during training camp and preseason, but he suffered a broken hand in his 2nd preseason game.  He was placed on IR and later released.  Had he stayed healthy, I believe Miami would have kept him on the roster.

It’s not out of the question for Miami to keep 5 receivers on it’s active roster, plenty of teams do it.  With Patrick Turner’s development coming to a hault because of injuries and questioned effort this offseason, the door may be cracked open enough for someone else to walk through it.  If RGM can bring it during training camp and preseason, he won’t be walking through the door, he’ll be running through it!

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  • HvK

    Chris Williams was cut for fielding punts off his facemask and inside the 10. Though I would like to see Kory Sheets stay over Ryan Grice-Mullen, since the team has enough WRs of the same type, I’ll be happy if the coaches pick either one to stay for their return ability. RGM would be good to have around if we lose a WR during the year or via trade next year.

    • mcbruce575

      True, Williams did muff a punt or two, but it was during the same game he broke his hand. Sheets definitely has the speed to be a game breaker, but then they would need to decide if they want to keep 4 or 5 running backs.


  • daddymack

    Funny how reporters think Ginn will be missed on kick returns. Sure he returned two (in one game) and was pretty much a bust the rest of the season. He finished 13th, the team finished 12th. Do the math. Whoever else was returning, did a better average. For once and for all, let’s all say goodbye Teddy, and never mention him again.

    • mcbruce575

      Ginn was 13th in the league in return yard average, no other Dolphin player was in the top 35. Ginn was also 4th in the league in total return yards, once again no other Dolphin close. Yes the team did rank 1 position higher than Ginn ranked himself in average, but the team was ranked against the other 31 teams in the league, Ginn was ranked against at least 50 other kick returners. Having done the math, he will be missed.

  • fins4ever1

    Didn’t Bess return punts last year?