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With the start of the new league year approaching, dolphins.com continues a series of free agency previews with the wide receiver position.
This was a position of high interest when it comes to the Dolphins this offseason because of the status of NFL receptions leader Jarvis Landry. The Dolphins wasted little time in applying the non-exclusive franchise tag on Landry.
Every other wide receiver on the roster at the end of last season is under contract for 2018, including starters Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker. Jakeem Grant will be looking to build off his strong finish, while Leonte Carroo and Rashawn Scott will be working to earn a bigger role next season.
THE TOP THREE FREE AGENTS AT THE POSITION
Sammy Watkins, L.A. Rams – The fourth overall selection in the 2014 NFL draft, Watkins has flashed game-changing potential during his career but has battled injuries and inconsistency. He had a modest 39 catches for the Rams last season after being acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, but he did have eight touchdowns. His best season was in 2015 when he had 1,047 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
Eric Decker, Tennessee – Decker put up big numbers for Denver when he played under then-offensive coordinator Adam Gase in 2012, with 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. Decker’s numbers dipped the past two seasons, but he’s got three 1,000-yard receiving seasons and three seasons with double-digit touchdowns.
Allen Robinson, Jacksonville – Robinson is coming off a 2017 season cut short by a torn ACL in Week 1, but he put up big numbers in 2015-16. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015 when he had 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.
BEST OF THE REST
o Marqise Lee, Jacksonville – Lee has battled injuries since entering the NFL as a second-round pick in 2014, but he’s a good route runner with good hands. He had 119 receptions over the past two seasons.
o Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis – Moncrief battled injuries (as well as the absence of Andrew Luck) the past two seasons, but he was a threat in 2015 when he had 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns.
o Paul Richardson, Seattle – The speedy Richardson was a big-play threat for the Seahawks last season, averaging 16 yards on his 44 catches with six touchdowns.
o Terrelle Pryor, Washington – Pryor had a forgettable 2017 season with the Redskins, but the former Raiders quarterback showed his ability as a receiver in 2016 with the Browns when he had 77 catches for 1,007 yards.
o Danny Amendola, New England – Amendola has been a quality possession receiver since entering the NFL in 2009, and he’s coming off a tremendous postseason during which he had 26 catches in three games.