Entering the 2017 NFL Season, the Miami Dolphins have plenty of decisions to make before the start of the season. With training camp and the preseason now just around the corner, it will be interesting to see how these on and off the field decisions are made and what effect they are likely to have on the short term future in Miami.
As it pertains to the team’s roster for the upcoming season, decisions are quickly looming with roster cuts and depth chart moves likely to come. Beginning a new series for the next couple of weeks, we will take a look each day at a positional group on the Miami Dolphins roster and what the outlook appears to be as well as make our own predictions on how things will turn out.
Continuing our new series today, we will take a look at what the future holds for the Miami Dolphins at the wide receiver position.
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Starters: Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills
Of all the positions on the Miami Dolphins roster in 2017, the wide receiver position is likely the one with the most and least competition amongst its players. On one hand, the bottom of the depth chart will have some major battles during the preseason. However, at the top of the depth chart, things are set in stone.
Leading the Dolphins receiving corps again this season will be Jarvis Landry. Playing from the slot, Landry has proven over the last few years that he is one of the most talented and explosive receivers in the entire NFL. Entering a contract year, expect Landry to be even more dominant this season as he proves his overall value to the Dolphins and the NFL.
Behind Landry in the starting lineup will be wideouts Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker. With all three players returning to their respective roles in the offense, little drama will be had at the top of the depth chart unless the injury bug begins to strike.
Locked-In Backup: Isaiah Ford
One player who I deem certain to make the Miami Dolphins roster this season is seventh-round draft pick Isaiah Ford. A steal of a draft pick by the Miami Dolphins, Ford has the wideout ability needed to replace either Parker or Stills should he be called upon while also playing as the offenses fourth wide receiver at certain times. Overall, I don’t see anyway that Thomas misses out on the roster.
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Fighting for Roster Spots: Leonte Carroo, Drew Morgan, Mitch Mathews, Rashawn Scott
Depending on how the Miami Dolphins make their roster selections, these four players could be battling for one or two roster spots. Overall, all four have their plusses and minuses and with the preseason yet to come it will be interesting to see how the performances affect their potential roster spots with the team. Should Miami choose to have six true wide receivers, my picks right now would be Leonte Carroo and Drew Morgan.
Kick Returner: Jakeem Grant
Honestly, this is the only way I can see Jakeem Grant making the team. A player that is just to small in my mind to be a starter or even role player on offense, Grant has to prove his worth as a return man this year. Struggling with fumble problems last season, Grant must prove he can overcome this issue sooner rather than later.
Cut: Francis Owusu, Damore’ea Stringfellow, and Malcolm Lewis
Three undrafted free agents, all three are unlikely to make a major impact on the Miami Dolphins roster. While I do see Drew Morgan competing for a roster spot this season, none of these three players have really made an impact and are unlikely in my eyes to even challenge for a spot with the team this season.