Sunday, January 24, 2021

Assessing the Miami Dolphins Wide Receivers For 2020

The Miami Dolphins have a lot of hope this offseason with the free agency signings and draft picks ahead of the 2020 season.

Byron Jones, Kyle Van Noy, and Tua Tagovailoa are the three headline arrivals in the 2020 offseason.

These three are set to elevate this team and help the Miami Dolphins further their progression under second-year head coach Brian Flores.

One position that cannot be forgotten are the wide receivers.

Whether it be Tua Tagovailoa or Ryan Fitzpatrick, they will have some really underrated wide receivers at their disposal.

DeVante Parker is coming off a 2019 season where he had his career-best numbers in reception, receiving yards and touchdowns receptions.

In 2019, Parker recorded the same amount of touchdowns as he did in all his previous seasons combined.

After this breakout year from the 2015 fourteenth overall draft pick, he will want to build on that and be able to guide the Miami Dolphins to the playoffs.

Is DeVante Parker being undervalued by the media?

The media has been quiet on Parker, instead choosing to mention the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr, and Stefon Diggs as wideouts to look out for in 2020.

However, Parker had an excellent end of season where in the last seven games he led the league in receiving yards and was tied for touchdowns.

Parker will no doubt be the number one receiver in 2020 but you should not rule out the other wide receiver options coming into the upcoming season.

Tight End Mike Gesicki will most likely be the number two target for the starting quarterback in Miami, but the Dolphins have some receivers that could go under the radar.

Assessing the other Miami Dolphins targets

Preston Williams, who went undrafted in 2019, was just coming off the best game of his rookie career against the New York Jets with two touchdowns when an ACL injury ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

He finished the season with three touchdowns and 428 receiving yards and will hope to build on this for next season.

Albert Wilson had an impressive start to life in Miami after his move in the 2018 off-season from the Kansas City Chiefs, but his season was also cut short by injury.

He recorded four touchdowns in his seven games in 2018. His most notable game is the week 6 overtime win against the Bears. Wilson scored two touchdowns in the 31-28 win along with 155 receiving yards.

Wilson also went undrafted before Kansas City took him in 2014. His numbers reduced in 2019 and it is highly anticipated that Wilson will depart via free agency in 2021.

Wilson will hope to have a repeat of the start of 2018 in the 2020 season in order to keep his place on the Dolphins roster and if he plays as he did in 2018 before the injury, then Wilson will have an impact on this roster.

Both Wilson and Williams will be hoping to put injuries behind them and make an impact on this team. They both have the potential to have breakout years and if they do then this will only go and elevate the Miami Dolphins offense.

Jakeem Grant has spent the majority of his time in Miami as a kick off and punt return specialist but he has made it clear on social media that he intends to be a receiver.

The highly speedy 2016 sixth-round pick is hoping to have more days like the one he had in the 2017 season against the Patriots if he is to be successful in 2020 as a wideout. If he does then he could be a valuable asset to the offense in South Beach.

Finally, the Miami Dolphins drafted the wideout Malcolm Perry in the seventh round. The ex-Navy receiver may not even see a down in 2020 but if he is then this is another option.

In conclusion, the Miami Dolphins have a mixture of two genuine options in Parker and Gesicki and underrated receivers who have suffered with injury that have halted their progress.

If Wilson and Preston Williams can get back to how they were both playing before their injuries then they both give options to our starting quarterback that can ease the pressure of Parker and Gesicki.

The wide receiver core is one that has it’s pros and cons but plenty and plenty of potential and one that Miami Dolphins fans should be excited about coming into the 2020 season.

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