Dolphins pre-free agency position analysis: WR’s


The Miami Dolphins made upgrading their receiving corp a priority last off-season. That does not mean they have nothing to do at the position this off-season. Here is a look at what Miami needs or doesn’t need at the wide-receiver position.

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The Dolphins traded for Kenny Stills last off-season, traded Mike Wallace, released Brian Hartline, and drafted DeVante Parker. It was a busy off-season at the position. They also added Greg Jennings as well. While Jennings did little to nothing in 2015 and Kenny Stills’ production began to improve late in the season, the Dolphins real gem came in the form of their own bench.

Miami was expected to release Rishard Matthews during training camp. In fact Matthews asked for his release last March but was denied. His performance on the field in practice won him a shot at starting and he didn’t give it up until he was injured. Matthews is a free agent this year and the Dolphins are reportedly talking to him about a contract extension. If they do they will not need to look at the draft or free agency and if they don’t, they still won’t likely need to.

Miami has a solid receiving corp that includes Jarvis Landry in the slot, Parker and Still on the outside, and Matt Hazel who could become this years Matthews waiting in the wings. With Jennings likely being cut prior to the start of free agency, the Dolphins will need to add someone who can compete with Hazel for that final 4th or 5th roster spot.

Entering free agency the Dolphins really don’t need to scour the market for a player and it’s likely they will not address the position until well after free agency has pretty much ended.

Team Need – depth only

Free agency need – light

Target in free agency or draft – either or