It has been easy for a lot of people to forget just how good Albert Wilson was back in 2018-his first year in Miami. His yards per route run led the NFL (min of 35 targets) and was .4 yards more than the next closest player (Julio Jones). His yards per target was 3rd best in the NFL, and his quarterback rating when targeted (124.8) was 6th best in the NFL.
He was also ridiculously good after the catch that season. His average depth of target was 99th in the NFL, but he broke or forced missed tackles at a higher rate than any other receiver (46.2%). This translated into him logging the second most yards after contact of any receiver, while only appearing in seven games.
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That 2018 season was also when he injured his hip and derailed a promising career. He appeared in thirteen games in 2019, and seemed to be getting back to normal towards the end of the season. Wilson did however choose to sit out the 2020 season due to concerns with COVID. We’re going on three years since Wilson flashed that elite talent back in 2018.
It looks like he may have regained some of that magic from 2018. Wilson has been nothing short of electric so far in camp. The hip seems to be fully healed up and he is running past defenders on a regular basis. If he can stay healthy, Wilson may carve himself out a more sizable role than anyone expected (well, almost anyone). Either way, more effective weapons for Tua is a great thing.