Miami Dolphins: Stock Up/Stock Down
UP: Andrew Van Ginkel
The linebackers have been one of the most underwhelming units on the roster this season, and one player who has been noticeably absent is Andrew Van Ginkel. It has everything to do with the drastic decrease in his snap count, which has plummeted from 71 down to 21 percent from just a year ago.
But he made his presence felt in a big way on Sunday Night. Van Ginkel racked up 10 combined tackles, six of them solo, and was a big contributor in both Miami’s run and pass defense. He entered the game with nine total tackles on the season, meaning that he more than doubled his output for the entire year in just one night. The Dolphins will need all the help that they can get at the linebacker spot, and a resurgence of Van Ginkel would go a long way.
DOWN: Cedrick Wilson Jr.
It is hard to believe that his stock could go any lower, yet Cedrick Wilson Jr. proved yet again that he is the biggest disappointment on the roster so far this season. After signing a 3-year, $22 million deal with Miami in the off-season, Wilson Jr. figured to be a something of a secret weapon behind Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, feasting on single coverage while defenses were pre-occupied with the other speedsters.
It hasn’t been that way, at all. Wilson has been targeted just 7 times all year, hauling in four catches for a total of 40 yards (he’s had two 2 catch, 20 yard games, oddly enough). He played a total of four offensive snaps in Sunday Night’s game and wasn’t targeted, but he managed to lower his stock on special teams. He was the team’s punt returner for the evening, amassing one yard and four fair catches while nearly muffing a catch that would have turned the tide in the game. It may be time to cut ties.