#2: Jaylen Waddle
I really do love me some Jaylen Waddle. Everything about him is likable. The way he carries himself off the field, his infectious personality, and his awesome celebration are what make him one of my favorite Miami Dolphins.
As far as his play on the field, Waddle had an amazing rookie campaign. Rehabbing off of a broken ankle during his Junior year at Alabama, I wasn’t sure how quickly he was going to get into the groove of things, but he took off immediately.
Sadly due to the Miami Dolphins’ putrid offensive line and inept playcalling, Waddle was basically used as Jarvis Landry. And don’t get me wrong I love Jarvis, but Waddle is substantially more explosive and talented than Landry.
Just about every single catch Waddle made last year was within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, limiting his yards per reception to 9.8. For comparison, his lowest Y/R for a single season at Alabama was 17.0.
You wanna know who his quarterback was that season? Tua Tagovailoa.
So for the Tua haters that solely blame his low Y/R on Tua, how was his Y/R almost double at Alabama?
Anyway, Waddle went on to break the NFL rookie reception record set by Anquan Boldin back in 2003, and also added 1,015 yards on the year.
Often times in 2021 teams would double team Waddle and force the Dolphins to go elsewhere with the football, with the new addition of Tyreek Hill, that will no longer be the case, and I expect Waddle to have a monstrous 2022 season.