Breaking down Dolphins WR Legedu Naanee

The Miami Dolphins may very well have one of the least recognizable WR core in the league at this moment.  Albeit before the season has started, I wouldn’t blame someone who was not a Dolphins fan for that opinion.  The Dolphins have looked to free agency to fill some of the void left by Pro Bowl WR Brandon Marshall.  Lets take a look at one of the off season WR signing the Dolphins made in 2012.

The Portland Oregon native was born in 1983 (28 years old).  As a member of the high school football team Naanee was a 4 year letterman, playing both WR and DB.  He had a number of offers from Division I school from the PAC-10 as well as the BIG-12, including Oregon, Oregon State, and Boise State.  Naanee’s choice was clear, the Bronco’s of Boise State were willing to give him the chance to play a position he had dreamed of since high school, Quarterback.  The journey to becoming the starting quarterback at a Division I school was not an easy one, and after losing out to Jared Zabransky in 2004, Naanee realized if he wanted to play college football it would have to be a different position.  During his time at Boise State Naanne posted his best numbers at the Wide Receiver position during his JR (34REC-483YD-6TD) and SR (35REC-541YD-6TD) years.  Out of Boise State Naanee was selected 172nd overall in the fifth round by the San Diego Chargers.  In his tenure with the Chargers (2007-2010) his highest receiving season recorded was in 2010 (23REC-271YD-1TD).

Unfortunately, the Dolphins newcomer in the past has had a brief run in with law enforcement.  While a member of the Chargers Naanee was arrested in February of 2011 for Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest at the scene of a homicide.   At first it sounds much worse than truly was, I by no means am supporting driving while intoxicated, the part “at the scene of a homicide” is what I am referring too.  Naanee approached a crime scene which law enforcement had blocked off , when asked to turn around he did not cooperate which led to his arrest.  Later that year all charges against him were dropped, from that point Naanee has not incurred any additional setbacks with the law.

After his stint with the Chargers he was picked up by the Carolina Panthers for 1 season, this by far was his most productive year since entering the league (44REC-467YD-1TD), remember he was sharing receptions with Steve Smith, who was a favorite target of Panthers QB Cam Newton.  As the 2011 season drew to a close Naanee suffered a season ending foot injury in December.  The Miami Dolphins picked up Naanee and signed him to a 1 year deal on April 17 2012.

With the recent departure of Brandon Marshall the Dolphins were in need of a strong, big body receiver, at 6’2″ 215lb he can help fill that roll.  Legedu has earned the praise Dolphins coaching staff this offseason with head coach Joe Philbin praising his tough, physical play, and just today offensive coordinator Mike Sherman telling media that Naanee has been “very, very impressive during camp”.  Along with the sure hands and strong body control, Naanee may very well be the best blocking WR that the Dolphins have, which I believe will help ensure his lock of a roster spot this season.

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