Jaylen Waddle has been one of the top-performing wide receivers this season. Not only does he lead all rookies in catches, but he is in the top five in the entire league, and his impressive showing on Sunday will only help boost his numbers and rankings.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has continued to build a familiarity with Waddle, and it has not been on display more than it was against the Panthers. Tagovailoa targeted his former Alabama teammate ten times, resulting in 9 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown in a career game for Waddle. The connection was the most reliable one on the day for the Miami Dolphins and a big reason for the team’s success. A third of all of Tagovailoa’s completions ended up in Waddle’s hands, including the quarterback’s only scoring throw. The duo also connected for a 57-yard gain that would set up the touchdown that ultimately put the game out of reach.
The rookie’s 137 yards is easily his career high, 54 more than his previous best. As the Dolphins’ offense is beginning to hit some sort of stride, it is becoming apparent that Miami has big usage plans for Waddle not only now but in the future as well.