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Monday, January 24, 2022

Can Dolphins Receiver Jaylen Waddell Break This Rookie Record?

Miami Dolphins rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddell may already have the NFL lead for best touchdown celebration after debuting a “Waddle Waddle” Penguin-esque dance in Sunday’s 33-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Waddell may also be on track to break the NFL rookie record for most receptions.

Ankan Boldin, a former Pahokey High and Florida State star, made his mark in 2003, when he became the only rookie in the league to reach triple digits in one season. He attended a 101 reception for the Arizona Cardinals that year.

Through 12 games, Waddell has had 77 receptions. That is, an average of 6.4 catches per game. This gives him the pace to surpass Boldin’s record in the traditional 16 games, let alone the 17th regular-season game added to the NFL schedule this year. Waddle’s pace has propelled him to 109 receptions through 17 games.

Waddell said Wednesday that he is “not urgent” about reaching milestones like 100 receptions or 1,000 yards this season.

“I’m just going to go out there and really try to handle the business as best I can, honestly,” he said. “Don’t try to do too much, just do what I’m asked and just play the game.”

The team will value it if it helps it score more wins down the stretch. The Dolphins (5-7) enter Sunday’s game against the New York Giants (4-7) on a four-game winning streak.

“If we’re losing, it sucks. If we’re winning, that’s great, extra praise,” said fellow receiver Mac Hollins. “In my opinion – I’m sure he’s on the same page Is – winning will make it all better. If he breaks this record and we lose, ‘Well, you have a record, but you’re also watching other people play from your couch.'”

From the yardage point of view, he has scored 759 runs so far, which puts him on track to cross 1000. However, it’s not breaking any rookie records. Last season, the Minnesota Vikings sent Justin Jefferson for 1,400 receiving yards, breaking Boldin’s mark of 1,377. An even higher AFL mark is Bill Groman’s 1,473 yards in 14 games for the 1960 Houston Oilers.

With Waddell catching the fourth touchdown of his rookie season on Sunday, that’s nowhere close to touching Randy Moss’s record of 17 sets with Minnesota in 1998.

It was known that the run-pass substitute offense with former Alabama teammate Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback could see Waddle high amounts of catches. A lot of it was destined to come from shorter, lower routes, and it showed early this season with his smaller yards-per-catch average. That number has gradually increased in recent weeks with big-yardage plays coming from Waddle. He made a career-long 57-yard catch and run against the Panthers, and also had a sideline catch that went 35 yards through the air in the November 11 win over Baltimore.

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“He’s a fast player,” Hollins said. “He knows how to get in and out of the cut. He knows how to attack when the ball is in the air. He understands offenses. He understands defense. That stuff is key to being successful. As the season goes on, he’s getting better because it’s coming early. Now, he’s able to play loose. He’s able to hit higher speeds. He’s able to get in and out of the brakes quickly. able.”

“The way he gets open, the speed, the toughness, the wanting,” said fellow slot receiver Albert Wilson what impressed him about Waddell. “He wants to go out there and be the best man on the field every time, and to be so young, just want to take that role and put it on himself, it’s great to see. It’s just exciting.” . He can take the ball. He can do whatever he wants with it.”

Veteran but frequently injured wideout DeVante Parker could return from injured reserve after undergoing a second practice on Thursday this week – it’s a rehearsal.

This may have been one of two ways in which Waddle influenced his record chase. On one hand, fewer targets could go Waddell’s way, the other receiver Tagovailoa would have to get back into the mix.

In the last five games Parker played, Waddle had 29 receptions. That’s just six catches per game, not far from his average. Those games included two against the Buffalo Bills’ stout defense and one against the New England Patriots, but 12—against the Las Vegas Raiders—were at a career high in catches in a single game for just 58 yards.

Parker, on the other hand, could become another threat the defense will have to worry about, opening up easier opportunities for Waddle alongside him.

The Dolphins are also awaiting the possible return of Will Fuller from injured reserve for his finger injury. One full game that Fuller played was that the Raiders suffered an overtime loss on September 26 when he, Parker and Waddle were all together but backup quarterback Jacobi Brissette was throwing the football.

Waddle’s end-zone As for Waddle, he wants to improve in that area.

“People were sending me this next to a penguin,” he said, “and I have some work to do.”

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