With the addition of Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall, the trade of the sure handed Greg Camarillo, and the cutting of third round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, how does the Miami Dolphins' receivers stack up now?
Well, this young and talented group has a very strong upside for the 2010 season with Chad Henne running the show.
You can ask any Miami Dolphins' fan, "What is the one thing the Dolphins have been missing over the last couple of years?" The majority of them will reply with, "A number one wide receiver," and their prayers have finally been answered in Brandon Marshall.
It's no secret that Marshall will greatly improve every aspect of the Dolphins' offense. He will take some defensive players out of the box and open up more running room for an already impressive running game. Also, TE Anthony Fasano can return to his 2008 form where he was a key part of the offense catching seven touchdowns that season compared to only two last year. The affect of Brandon Marshall will be felt among his fellow receivers as he will draw attention from them onto himself.
Will Marshall continue with a 4th straight season with 100+ receptions? Maybe not, but his presence will certainly change a lot about the Dolphins' offense.
Playing opposite of Brandon Marshall this year will be second year receiver, Brian Hartline. Hartline surprised people last year in his rookie season with over 500 receiving yards and leading the team in receiving touchdowns, even if it was only three.
This off season, he has continued to improve winning the number two spot over Camarillo, traded to the Vikings, and Davone Bess. Look for Hartline's production to increase this season due to Brandon Marshall on the other side.
Leading the Dolphins in receptions and receiving yards last year was 2nd year player, Davone Bess. Bess, a former undrafted player, has been very consistent for the Dolphins in his first two seasons.
For the 2010 season, Bess will come in as the third receiver, or slot, and bring his speed and quickness that somewhat resembles the playing type of Wes Welker. Also, expect Bess to be returning punts again this season.
Another undrafted receiver, this one a rookie out of Fresno State, Marlon Moore was able to survive the cuts and grab a spot on the Dolphins' roster.
Moore was fighting for a job the entire preseason and was able to beat out Patrick Turner, who many thought would make the team. Moore still has a lot to prove as it is yet to be seen if he we actually be able to contribute to the Dolphins' offense.
Roberto Wallace is, yet again, another undratfed rookie who played college ball at San Diego State. Like Moore, Wallace was able to impress coaches enough to keep him around.
While Wallace is the fifth and final receiver on the Dolphins' depth chart, he has something that his fellow rookie receiver does not, SIZE. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, Wallace has almost identical dimensions as Brandon Marshall, not that they are on the same level receiving ability wise, but it could help Roberto Wallace in his future development.
Although the Dolphins' may not have the best receiving group as a whole, they do have potential to be a solid group of players this season and in the future.