The Miami Dolphins have had some bad luck to start training camp at the wide receiver position on the lower end of the depth chart, as projected No. 5 receiver Rishard Matthews went down with an undisclosed injury and is expected to be out for “several weeks”. Then, Armon Binns, who looked like a breakout player, tore his ACL, and that was a huge blow to the Dolphins depth. With the team’s No. 4 and No. 5 receivers out for the season, the Dolphins options are to either add a young gun as the No. 5 receiver with Matthews as the 4 (my pick would be Jeff Fuller as the No. 4 wideout), or they could sign a free agent wide receiver like Brandon Lloyd.
Miami Dolphins helmet during a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero was asked on Twitter if the Dolphins would add a free agent wide receiver to be the No. 4 guy or if they would give that gig to a second-year WR in Fuller or Marvin McNutt. Salguero responded that the Dolphins are looking at “outside” options, and it will be interesting to see if the ‘Fins decide to sign a free agent for security or if they roll with the guys they have now to replace Binns.
Ryan Tannehill looks poised for a potential breakout season in 2013, and a large part of that is due to the moves the Miami Dolphins made this offseason at the wide receiver position. Mike Wallace is making too much money, but he’s a bona fide deep threat and the kind of playmaker the Dolphins desperately needed. The Dolphins also kept Tannehill’s favorite target Brian Hartline, and the signing of Brandon Gibson was an underrated move. So the Dolphins are top heavy at wide receiver and look fine there, and I think the best move for the Dolphins to make is to sign a reliable veteran to replace Binns on the roster. They already have guys who were injured, guys who fit perfectly 1-3, and young second-year receivers, but it’s difficult to find a steady veteran on the free agent market.
Brandon Lloyd and Laurent Robinson are the best two free agent wideouts available, but there isn’t much of a place for Lloyd in the offense. Robinson makes the most sense as a high-upside but very injury-prone guy who can be the No. 4 in name, but the Dolphins will have to tread carefully in the free agent waters at receiver.