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The Dolphins need a stronger option at third receiver.

Miami Even the top-ranked offense in the NFL can still do better.

Thanks in large part to receiver Tyreek Hill and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins lead the league in yards per game in 2023. Nevertheless, they struggled mightily in the latter stages of the season, failing to reach 250 passing yards in six of their final eight games—including the playoffs.

Miami’s decline from its first-half average of 287.4 yards can be somewhat attributed to the stronger opposition it faced, especially in December. In addition, it was forced to play three of its final four regular-season games without Hill or fellow receiver Jaylen Waddle.

This offseason, locating a third receiving option will be more important due to the experience.

In terms of targets and yards, Waddle and Hill led the way with 104 for 1,014 yards and 171 for 1,799 yards, respectively. Durham Smythe, a tight end, was Miami’s next-best receiver with 35 catches for 366 yards on 43 targets. Cedrick Wilson and Braxton Berrios, two wide receivers, combined for 534 yards.

It’s more of an idea than a specific position, so the third receiving option doesn’t always have to be a wide receiver. However, Tagovailoa and the Dolphins’ offense would gain from finding and developing a dependable pass-catcher to complement Hill and Waddle.

Here are several possibilities:

In house Regardless of who is currently expected to return, Miami has to add to its wide receivers room given the upcoming free agency of Ricardo Berrios and River Cracraft. Hill, Waddle, Wilson, and 2022 fourth-round selection Erik Ezukanma are the Dolphins’ roster members going into the summer.

Ezukanma had a good 2022 preseason, but his career has not yet taken off. If he can stay healthy, he offers size and versatility, although he missed the majority of the 2023 season due to a neck ailment.

However, running back De’Von Achane, who finished with 37 targets in 11 games, was a player the Dolphins were determined to target last season even if he wasn’t in their receivers room. Although he wasn’t the most skilled route runner in the league, the youngster is one of the most exciting players when he has the ball in his hands. A few fine-tuning adjustments during the offseason would make him a deadly safety valve in the passing game.

With Hill and Waddle in the mix, Miami won’t need to make a significant free agency expenditure. Players like Tee Higgins, Calvin Ridley, or even Gabriel Davis are probably not in the Dolphins’ plans (or price range) because there are only so many targets available.

However, a player like Kendrick

This year, the Dolphins have six draft selections, including a first-round pick that they haven’t had since 2021.

Mel Kiper Jr. is pursuing Miami’s choice at No. 21 overall with receivers Troy Franklin and Adonai Mitchell, who are out of Oregon and Texas, respectively. However, it’s unlikely that the Dolphins target a receiver in the first round given the more pressing problems with their offensive line.

On day two, though, Ladd McConkey of Georgia, Devontez Walker of North Carolina, and Ja’Lynn Polk of Washington might be possibilities.

Alternatively, Texas tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders, who has exceeded 600 receiving yards in each of the previous two seasons, might be chosen by the Dolphins. Although he was once an edge rusher, coach Mike McDaniel loves how explosive he is when carrying the ball.

If Miami wants to advance in its reconstruction and begin winning postseason games, adding a trustworthy third option shouldn’t be at the top of its priority list this offseason.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
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