The Miami Dolphins were expected to make a big receiver splash in free agency but that didn’t really happen but they still managed to improve the unit.
To me, the Miami Dolphins wide receiver unit is the 2nd best unit on the entire roster and that is only because the cornerbacks are far more proven than Miami’s offense. Still, when looking at the roster as a whole, you have to like what you see at the position.
This off-season the Miami Dolphins added Robert Jones and Will Fuller before taking Jaylen Waddle with the 6th overall pick in April’s draft. Those three alone are very good additions to the team but the Dolphins are also getting back Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns who opted out of the 2020 season.
We already know that the Dolphins are not going to be able to keep all of the receivers they have on their roster. At most six will make the team and we just named five of them without saying, DeVante Parker. Now we are at six and haven’t mentioned Jakeem Grant, Preston Williams, or Lynn Bowden, Jr.
If we look a little deeper, we have promising Mack Hollins and Kirk Merritt. Merritt and Hollins are long shots but Hollins could be brought back to the practice squad after final cuts are made.
Miami will hit training camp with a lot of competition at the position. We will be making our roster predictions later this month or in June but looking at this group and it is easy to see how tough some of the decisions are going to be.
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The one clear directive for Chris Grier this off-season was to get Tua Tagovailoa and he did just that. Fuller can fly down the field and pull coverage while Waddle can line up outside or in and do damage after the catch. Parker is Miami’s big physical receiver but he needs to get back to his 2019 season when he went over 1,000 yards. It might be hard to achieve that this year with so many other options for Tagovailoa.
In addition to Williams, Parker, Fuller, Waddle, Hurns, Wilson, Grant, Bowden, and Jones, Tagovailoa will also have Mike Gesicki and newcomer Hunter Long.
Needless to say, the Dolphins passing game could be incredibly good but that is going to really depend on how well Tagovailoa progresses as the quarterback. If can take even a medium step forward, he could have the top pass receiving group in the NFL. He needs to find how to use them.