What Greg Jennings Would Look Like in a Miami Dolphins Uniform
One name you hear a lot of from this year's NFL free-agent class is Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings—who's essentially been attached at the hip with rumors about going to the Miami Dolphins.
The rumors make sense considering Miami's cap room, gaping hole at wide receiver and Jenning's past with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, but how exactly would Jennings work out with the Dolphins?
Very well based off of his past with the Packers, it would seem—but that was the past in Green Bay. In Miami it will be a bit different.
Jennings to Miami could go in two different directions, as he isn't even Miami's primary target according to many reports, including this one by NFL.com—that would be Mike Wallace.
But that doesn't mean there's no possibility of the Dolphins bringing in both, which is something that would be possible provided the money is right for both players.
Either way, Jennings would be Miami's top receiver, at least for the 2013 NFL season.
Why would Jennings be the No. 1 receiver in Miami over Wallace if Wallace is the player more likely to earn more money? It's as simple as looking at the skill sets.
Wallace brings the home-run threat to Miami's offense in the passing game and is a threat to catch a deep ball every time he takes the field. This affects the running game as it forces the safeties to be on guard for Wallace; therefore they won't be able to cheat inside the box.
This frees up not only Miami's running game, but the rest of the Dolphins' passing game as well. Other receivers like Davone Bess and Brian Hartline (if he's re-signed) will be able to take advantage through underneath routes while the safeties keep an eye on Wallace. It's a strategy that the Steelers have used with Wallace during his time in Pittsburgh, and would serve Miami's running backs and offensive line very well.
Jennings would provide Miami with a lot as well, but he would be more of a workhorse-type wide receiver, and the type of wide receiver that is a bit easier to develop from this year's current draft class.
The 5'11", 195 lbs. Jennings has 425 catches throughout his seven-year career with 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns. This is all outstanding, especially when you consider that in his third year in the league, he had to work with a quarterback starting for the first time in the NFL.
That the quarterback in question was Aaron Rodgers is inconsequential, as Rodgers, while showing potential, wasn't the Aaron Rodgers we know today. Despite that, Jennings would finish that season with career highs in catches (80) and yards (1,292).
It's also important to note that at that time Jennings was 25 years old and not as banged up as he's been. This season Jennings will be 30 years old and coming off of a season filled with injuries.
Despite that, if he signs with the Dolphins, whether Wallace is in Miami or not, Jennings will take on much of the work load at receiver. In Green Bay Jennings was used as the closest thing you could find to a primary receiver, averaging about four catches per game for about 66 yards per game.
He would, however, provide Miami with a credible red-zone target, a role that would be better served filled by a tight end in this year's draft, such as Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame or Stanford's Zach Ertz.
That's not to say that Jennings would be a bad pickup for Miami; far from it. However, in terms of both the short-term and long-term for the Dolphins, they would be better off focusing on Wallace while drafting a wide receiver like Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton in the second round, who could very easily become a bigger version of Jennings.
So what would Jennings look like in a Miami Dolphins uniform? He would look good, but I question for how long that would be so. Jennings will want a significant long-term deal—odds are a deal much longer than the Dolphins would want to sign him for—while being much more expensive to boot.
The better option for the Dolphins would be to go younger at the position and instead pick up Wallace, then draft at least two wide receivers and a tight end in the first three rounds of the NFL draft.
But if Jennings is willing to play alongside Wallace? Then he'd look fantastic, even though he would still look ridiculously expensive.
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