Dec 18, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess (15) runs by Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Dolphins beat the Bills 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Dolphins' Potential Cut: Davone Bess


Davone Bess could be the odd man out in the Miami Dolphins‘ wide-receiver competition.  He is very popular amongst the Phin fan base because he has a good story, being undrafted out of Hawaii, and embodies the “hard work defeats talent” mantra.  This underdog is still the smallest and slowest receiver on the team.  He is also returning from a partially-torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

Bess has good hands, makes few mistakes, but lacks big-play ability.  He was Tony Sparano‘s type of guy, a “field goal” of a receiver, if you will.  Why on earth would you use him to return punts?  Because he was 5th in the league with an 11.9 yard average, you say?  Yes, but his longest return was 25 yards.  12 different punt returners scored a touchdown last year, and 23 had at least one return longer than 25 yards.  Tell me you ever had the feeling that Bess was going to break one.  I dare you.

Slow and steady doesn’t win in the NFL.  Sorry.

Now, let’s break down the receiver race.  I believe Chad Johnson, Brian Hartline, Legedu Naanee, B.J. Cunningham, and Rishard Matthews make the team.  Once again we have to applaud Jeff Ireland, who waited patiently knowing there would be WR value in the late rounds of the NFL draft.  Cunningham and Matthews were projected third-rounders because of their size and productive collegiate careers but apparently slid because of their lack of top-end speed.  I believe they will produce in the NFL.

Last year, the Dolphins kept 6 receivers so there could be one position left.  If available, the battle will be between Davone Bess, Jeff Fuller, Clyde Gates, Marlon Moore, Roberto Wallace, Chris Hogan, and Julius Pruitt.

Joe Philbin will also place Reggie Bush and Lamar Miller in the slot, at times, to bolster the passing game.

Analyze it any way you want, Bess is on the bubble.

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  • John Hannah

    There are no comments because the premise is asinine.

  • Fan since ’72

    Dumbest article I’ve come across all preseason. Bess is a lock to make the roster and would be the most difficult to replace as he is the only true slot receiver on the roster. Hartline makes the team and so does Chad Johnson. After these 3, the rest are all somewhat interchangeable (except for Gates who’s speed makes him unique). They are all big receivers potential, but no proven NFL production. As far as the 6 who make the 53 man roster, I’d project (with most likely to stick listed first) Bess, Johnson, Hartline, Naanee, Wallace & Gates. Cunningham or Matthews will likely make the practice squad and be ready to go if one of the top 6 goes down to injury.

    As far as Bess goes, sure he’s not the biggest or the fastest, but he gets open and catches the ball. In the end that is what receivers are on the field to do. In his 4 year career, Bess has averaged 65 receptions and 670 yards per season. He did that in a run focused offense with mediocre talent under center. If the Dolphin’s new offense takes flight this year, it will be with Davone Bess terrorizing opposing defenses from the slot, the way that Wes Welker does in New England. Look for a big year out of Bess, with 85 to 90 catches and 1,000 yards receiving.