It’s not out of the query that the Miami Dolphins’ $120 million extensive receiver could possibly be used on punt returns in 2022.
The Dolphins curiously positioned star wideout Tyreek Hill because the staff’s prime punt returner, together with veteran operating again Raheem Mostert because the No. 1 kick returner in Monday’s depth chart launch. With Jaylen Waddle listed because the backup to every, that’s quite a lot of the staff’s prime offensive expertise on returns.
Coach Mike McDaniel wasn’t shy on Wednesday, forward of the Dolphins’ first of two joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, about expressing that he could also be keen to make use of a few of Miami’s most valued investments on particular groups.
“I’m keen to do something at any given time at any second,“ he initially quipped earlier than later providing a extra in-depth response.
”There’s an open competitors in all places. We’ve lots of people which have the flexibility to return the ball within the punt and kickoff recreation, and throughout the season, we plan to make the most of everybody that makes essentially the most sense for the staff.
“Bear in mind: Particular groups yards are yards, similar as defensive yards given up, similar as offensive yards gained. We’ll use our gamers to finest transfer the ball down the sector to attain touchdowns or cease different folks from shifting it.”
Hill returned punts earlier in his profession with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, however the six-time Professional Bowl choice hasn’t executed it constantly since 2018. Mostert, though initially breaking into the NFL as a kick returner, has not executed it lately since changing into a dependable NFL tailback with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Dolphins signed Hill to a four-year, $120 million contract upon buying and selling for him with the Chiefs in March. Mostert, 30, who’s enjoying this season after knee surgical procedure that reduce his 2021 marketing campaign brief after two rush makes an attempt, is making $3.125 million on a one-year deal. Large-money gamers hardly ever are main particular groups contributors as high-speed collisions usually tend to happen within the open area of the return recreation.
Dolphins offensive lineman Michael Deiter returned to apply on Wednesday after a two-week absence because the staff’s first coaching camp session with a foot harm.
“He appears good,” mentioned beginning middle Connor Williams. “I believe he was actually excited to have the ability to get again on the sector, and we’ve clearly missed him. He’s a fantastic particular person and he’s a fantastic contribution to the O-line, and we would have liked him on the market. I believe he did very nicely.”
Deiter, who was the staff’s beginning middle final season when wholesome, missed 9 video games in 2021 coping with the foot ailment.
On Wednesday, Deiter was concerned in 1-on-1 and even restricted staff drills in opposition to the Buccaneers entrance, at one level serving to to open up a giant run for operating again Salvon Ahmed.
McDaniel addressed the Dolphins’ commerce of tight finish Adam Shaheen for a late decide swap within the 2023 NFL draft, sending a seventh-round choice to the Houston Texans for a sixth-rounder.
“To our tight finish room’s credit score, we thought that we might afford in investing sooner or later draft capital,” McDaniel mentioned. “We have been pleased for Adam. We have been pleased for the Dolphins that we have been ready to do this.”
The Dolphins nonetheless have Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe main the tight finish unit, which is studying a brand new offense below McDaniel this coaching camp. Second-year participant Hunter Lengthy now has a possibility to raise his standing. Cethan Carter is a sound blocker and particular groups contributor, whereas the Dolphins even have undrafted rookie Tanner Conner on the place.
Joint practices are identified to get a bit of extra bodily than when groups open coaching camp in opposition to their very own teammates. McDaniel set the tone for the way he needs his gamers to remain out of extracurricular exercise after the whistle in opposition to the Buccaneers.
“We’re approaching it precisely like we method our personal practices, the place it’s vital to me for guys to not struggle with their teammates,” mentioned McDaniel. “Generally it occurs, however you make it possible for gamers perceive that something exterior of the whistle is just hurting the staff.”
Two fast dust-ups occurred on Wednesday as Bucs operating again Leonard Fournette struck Dolphins defensive deal with Christian Wilkins’ helmet after a run and Miami security Brandon Jones popped a Tampa tailback, resulting in a shoving match.