It’s no secret the Miami Dolphins have a lot of question marks at the wide receiver position. Right now, Davone Bess and Brian Hartline are the only 2 receivers that are locks to make the roster. After Bess and Hartline, the Dolphins have Clyde Gates, Legadu Naanee, Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore, Julius Pruitt, BJ Cunningham, and Rishard Matthews. It’s likely that the Dolphins will only keep 5 or 6 (at most) receivers as they enter the 2012 season. That means at least 2 of those receivers listed above will not make the team.
It’s a fairly inexperienced group overall it’s hard to believe that the Dolphins are happy with their current receiver depth. Adding Naanee adds some experience to the receiving corps, but there is no guarantee that he’ll even be on the roster in September. Naanee caught 44 balls for 467 yards (10.6 avg), 1 TD and a long of 28 yards. Personally, I would probably prefer to keep one of the young receivers instead of Naanee (who will be 29 in September). I just don’t think he’s enough of an upgrade and I’d rather see one of the young receivers stick around.
As another receiving option that became available on Tuesday was Jacoby Jones. Jones played his first 5 seasons with the Houston Texans. In his first year, Jones played for Mike Sherman, who was the Texans’ offensive coordinator at the time. Last season, Jones caught 31 balls for 512 yards (16.5 avg), 2 TDs, and a long of 80 yards. Jones is also an experienced punt returner. Last year, Jones averaged 10.6 yards per return last year (long of 79 yards) and returned 1 punt for a TD. He has 3 punt returns for TD in his career. Last year Davone Bess averaged 11.9 yards per return (long of 25 yards). However, Bess has never returned a punt for a TD and calls for A LOT of fair catches. Out of 61 punts, Bess called for a fair catch on 24 of them. By contrast, Jones called for a fair catch on only 7 out of 56 punts.
I’m not saying that Jones (who will turn 28 in Sept) will be the great, #1 receiver for the Dolphins, but I think it’s worth ‘kicking the tires’ on him to see what he would want in terms of a contract. If he can be had for a low guaranteed contract, he might be worth a shot. If he doesn’t impress in camp, he could then be cut. Simply put, if given the choice, I’d prefer Jones over Naanee. I know signing Jones would mean some of the young guys would be gone (likely Pruitt, Moore, and Matthews), but I’d rather take a chance on him than Naanee.
On a somber note, we were very sad to hear of the death of Junior Seau. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time. It’s difficult to find anyone that had a bad thing to say about #55. He brought leadership to the Dolphins during the Saban years and he was an all around great guy. You will be missed ‘Buddy’.