July 28 2012; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Legedu Naanee (19) makes a catch during practice at the Dolphins training facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Time Is Now For Legedu Naanee

Miami Dolphins WR Legedu Naanee had one of the best performances this year in training camp.  He seemed to have instant chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill and was his early “go-to” receiver.  We all had such high expectations for the six year veteran to be a playmaker and a deep threat in the passing game.  But after the first three games of the regular season, Naanee has been completely non-existent.  He struggles to get open to provide a target for Tannehill. After taking a three week vacation, the time is now for Legedu Naanee to establish himself as a weapon in this offense.

At this point, I have run out of excuses for Naanee and so has the rest of our fan-base.  It’s time for him to produce or quickly find a replacement.  Only three passes have gone in his direction so far this season and two of those were picked off.  One could easily make the argument that he ran a bad route which led to Tannehill’s first interception in the Houston Texans game. 

His poor performance started during the preseason.  He recorded just four catches for 39 yards with a few dropped passes during those four games.  However, at that time I was not overly concerned.  Since we were still in the preseason I assumed his lack of productivity was because he was sharing playing time with fellow WRs Roberto Wallace, Julius Pruitt, Marlon Moore, Jeff Fuller, Rishard Matthews, Chris Hogan, and B.J. Cunningham.

But fast forward to today.  Naanee has zero catches on the year and according to Pro Football Focus, he is tied for being the 97th ranked receiver in the NFL.  At this point, I’m getting tired of people making excuses for him.  For example, claiming that he contributes with his great “blocking” skills is no longer an acceptable argument.  He needs to step up to the plate and make some plays this week to help out our rookie QB.  This has to be the game where he breaks out of his shell and proves to everyone he can contribute on this team.

In my opinion, he has officially reached a fork in the road where he has to pick a direction of where he wants to go in his career.  If he continues to remain in a coma this week against the Arizona Cardinals, his time could be up.  I would much rather give a rookie WR with some upside like Rishard Matthews the chance to make some plays and have an impact on our offense.  So the time is NOW for Naanee.

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  • Tony

    Honestly I’ve been banging the table for Matthews to get some reps since the end of the Houston game. From what I saw of the rookie in preseason was a kid who makes plays. Yea Nanee is good at run blocking but that’s not what he’s paid for. I held out brief hope that Armstrong and his speed would become a reliable no.3 but after his drop fest, my confidence in his ability is dwindling. I say get the rook some reps and get his feet wet. We also could help our receivers by throwing a few quick screens. I’d actually like to see screen game from our offense in general. High percentage throws to help our QB gain confidence.

    • Jason

      Yea nanee hasn’t impressed me At all and I still don’t understand why 711 didn’t get a chance…..I seen everything in preseason and hard knocks the guy didn’t get a chance and even Reggie bush knew what that kid could do in the slot for us……..

  • Brad

    I would not hold my breath thinking he will perform as expected

  • Ray

    So Legedu Naannee and i have the same amount of catches this year for the Dolphins, I wonder if I can get a contract to do nothing. This is crap go get Camarillo back, he was always dependable. NO more veteran projects please, if after 6 years in the league you are still considered a project maybe you should take up telemarketing. I am embarrassed for this team and the way it has been managed for the last decade.

    News Flash, If you want myself and all the other invisible dolphin fans to buy season tickets (again) put up a winning season. it is to the point that we no longer expect it. so surprise us

  • craigh

    “For example, claiming that he contributes with his great “blocking” skills is no longer an acceptable argument.”
    I agree, we need some production out of him catching and running WITH the ball and not being only praised for being a lineman

  • Strange

    Are people actually making excuses for him? I thought he was this year’s Marc Colombo/Gibril Wilson. We all know he sucks.

    • mattpatrick5

      Apparently the coaching staff is unaware. Otherwise they would dress Matthews and allow him some reps and cut Legedu. Honestly, if he as zero catches again this weekend Philbin/Ireland should ask for his jersey back and let the Matthews Era begin.

      • Strange

        and they should retire #19 to the ring of shame…

        • mattpatrick5

          Wow, you’re right. Ted Ginn, Brandon Marshall, and now Naanee….#19 is cursed on this team.

  • Skybird

    Maybe Naanee reads this article and gets some motivation…or some shame. Whatever it takes to get him to perform!

  • Shadow

    Rishard Matthews is like Wes Welker and they’re just going to misuse him and then toss him aside, he posted great numbers in a run first offense in just 2 season at Nevada, play the damn kid and I gurantee you will see some production.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.toms.77 John Toms

    did nanee impress anyone with his butter fingered drop? please cut the dude and spend the money on a good reciever. Look for a kicker also