The Dolphins currently have 11 wide receivers on the roster, so that means that basically half of them will be gone when we start the season and cut down to 53. It’s possible we keep 6 WR’s, although last year we only had 5 WR’s on our roster. Our new additions Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola are obviously 2 WR’s that are IN. Kenny Stills and Devante Parker are the other 2 that are definitely IN. That leaves 1 or 2 spots that will be up for grabs in what I hope is a pretty fierce competition. Let’s take a look at who’s in that competition for the last 1 or 2 WR spots.
Jakeem Grant WR – 5’6″ 169
I feel like Grant has an excellent chance of making the roster for two reasons. The most obvious reason is his potential and experience as a dynamic kick returner. The new kickoff rules at least in theory seem to favor speed, and Grant has that in spades. He has returned both kickoffs and punts, and in addition, he has shown flashes of big play capability. Last season Grant had 13 receptions for 213 yards and 2 TD’s. That’s a nice 15.6 YPR and a TD every 6.5 receptions. That’s maximizing your opportunities. Personally, I think Grant is a shoo in, but I don’t mind if some of the other guys make it a tough decision, that’s what competition is all about.
Leonte Carroo WR – 6’0″ 211
It’s strange, but I think if anyone could ever benefit by being injured, right now it’s Leonte Carroo. Frankly, this kid has shown so little, there’s a good reason why I consider him LC3, the WR counterpart to RB Daniel Thomas A.K.A DT3. Both players were traded up for which squandered multiple picks (3 to be exact!), and both players are disappointments. DT3 is now finally off the radar, but Carroo recently had a minor knee surgery which momentarily gives him a reprieve of further disappointment. 2 seasons, 10 catches and 98 yards and 1 TD for the 3rd RD pick we traded 2 additional picks for. This guy was dynamic at Rutgers, a burly wide receiver with good speed and some run after the catch ability. We just haven’t seen any of it and it seems as if this kid just isn’t motivated. Maybe the actual threat of being cut will inspire him to get his ass in gear, but Carroo who doesn’t play special teams is on the bubble in my opinion.
Francis Owusu WR – 6’3″ 210
Owusu has nice size and speed to go with it. The big WR ran an impressive 4.37 at his pro day, and looked good in camp and preseason, but didn’t make the cut last year. The UDFA Stanford player has a shot this season, especially if LCIII stays on his current trajectory. Owusu looked pretty good last year, and while he doesn’t quite have the athletic ability of Devante Parker, he has the size and speed, and looked to have pretty have good hands. I recall being impressed with him last year in the preseason. The kid has the ability to go up and get the football too with a nice 39″ vertical. If he makes the most of his opportunities, he has a shot, especially if we go with 6 WR’s.
Rashawn Scott WR – 6’1″ 199
Rashawn Scott is now 26, and the former Hurricane product is running out of time in Miami. He was on the PS and actually made into 3 games total on ST’s, 2 in ’16 in 1 last season. If Scott can show the kind of play he had in his senior season at Miami, he may be able to crack the roster, but again, it would have to be a 6 WR corps. His last year at Miami, Scott caught 52 passes for 695 yards and 5 TD’s. Injuries and maturity issues have kept Scott from succeeding, and this is probably his last shot with the Dolphins, so if he stays healthy and on the straight and narrow track he has a shot, albeit a slim one.
Isaiah Ford WR – 6’1″ 194
Last year’s 7th RD pick, Ford comes into training camp facing an uphill battle. Like Jarvis Landry, Ford is more quick than fast. He has 4.6 speed, which is adequate, but he has to run crisp routes and show good acceleration out of his cuts, which Ford does. The former VaTech player had a very nice college career, with 24 TD receptions, and 210 receptions overall. Not to be repetitive, but I think the only way Ford makes the cut is if we carry 6 WR’s. Ford most likely is a slot WR.
Drew Morgan WR – 6’0″ 187
Morgan was an UDFA pickup last season who spent some time on the PS squad. The former Razorback WR had a decent career at Arkansas, and is a crafty route runner. He lacks speed and physicality and play strength so Morgan will have play at a very high level to open some eyes in minicamp and training camp. Morgan has better than average hands, and has showed he will make the tough catch in traffic. He’ll have to do those things and more to have a shot at making the 53.