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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Dolphins Q&A: Why not use Jaylen Waddell more often on deep passes?

Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer readers’ questions.

<चिह्न वर्ग = "hl_orange">Why: It was noticeable without Jaylen Waddell being in the game [Sunday]Changed the game plan; Taking a few deeper shots on the side than usual. Waddell seems like the WR who can get the most separation, why didn’t they take deep shots with him? , Dan Giunta on Twitter

<चिह्न वर्ग = "hl_tblue">a: I’m not sure the Dolphins took any deeper edge shots against the jet than usual. It still felt like it was mostly down, with a few intermediate throws.

A few throws from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa come to mind, however: a deep sideline throw to Albert Wilson, where he had opened it but dropped the pass, allowing the defender to break it, and a deep corner to DeVante Parker. Gone. 37 yards and set up Miami’s first touchdown.

Jaylen Waddle’s absence was certainly felt in her lack of separation from the catchers to Tagovailoa. According to ESPN statistics and information, Dolphin receivers averaged 2.2 yards per separation compared to jets, the lowest in Tagovailoa’s career.

He had to make several tight-window throws, and this played a part in Tagovailoa posting a complete percentage of 59.2, the lowest since a Halloween loss to the Buffalo Bills (53.9).

Of course, it didn’t help that, on his opening shot on the field, Wilson had enough separation, but Tagovailoa couldn’t connect on a near underthrow that traveled 42 yards off the field.

Tagovailoa’s first lesson on that play was below, and it was revealed when he found Wilson deep open, having to quickly set his feet long and not following all the way on his delivery for the ensuing hit. Did. , The last time he played the Jets, he was able to join Mack Hollins down the left on the deep ball, when he put his all in a pass that traveled more than 50 yards through the air for his career-long touchdown. Put.

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Waddle’s 86 receptions in his rookie season has mostly come down, while he has shown recent downfield flashes, working his yards per reception to just under double digits (9.9).

With his fast, deep ball Waddell showed up in his college movie in Alabama – with evidence of Tagovailoa throwing him too, so I don’t want to hear that Tua’s hand doesn’t let that happen.

At the end of the day, though, we have to accept Miami’s guilt for what it is. The Dolphins’ passing game, often out of run-pass options, will mostly work down and occasionally take a deep shot when the defense presents an opportunity.

This is what Tagovailoa does best, and it is often what allows for offensive line pass protection. The line is cutting down on sacks and allowed pressure, but a lot of it still has to do with the short passing game and the early dismissal of the ball by Tagovailoa.

For now, we must acknowledge the offense he has proven himself with Waddell, paving the way for Tagovailoa’s proficiency in that area to be less open to allow. We can probably see it move more slowly over time for deeper balls.

Got a question?

E-mail David Furones, or tag @OmarKelly or @DavidFurones_ on Twitter.

Previously answered:

What do you think of Dolphins Practice Squad rookie RB Gerid Dox?

Which free agent receivers can pair with Dolphins Waddle?

What is in memory of Jason Sanders?

What changes can happen in receiving core in the off-season?

Which offensive linemen should the Dolphins target in free agency?

Can Tua still be a top-10 quarterback?

Has Austin Jackson’s left guard move raised hope?

Did the Franchise Break the Fitzpatrick, Tonsil, Tannehill Trades?

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