The Dolphins entered the 2020 offseason with only a few areas of “strength.” One of these position groups which seemingly had the most talent was the Wide Receiving corps. Led by DeVante Parker, the team’s former first round talent who always showed flashes of stardom but could do not deliver on a consistent basis, but has managed to play at a high level through the 2019 run.
This earns some cautious optimism around his potential play in 2020. However, a wait and see approach makes the most sense when considering his injury history. Speaking of injury, Miami is also returning last season’s budding star in Preston Williams. Unfortunately, the undrafted free agent from Colorado State suffered a season ending knee injury just as he was playing his best.
And was it impressive.
Do not expect Williams to get back to full go right as the season begins, but if allowed to come back gradually, the team may have found something special at the WR1 position.
The team clearly has a compelling 1-2 punch on the outside for Tua to potentially exploit if things swing in the right direction.
If things do not go well, the team has tried to add talent, all younger than 28, for depth. This includes the likes of Jakeem Grant, Allen Hurns, Isaiah Ford, Gary Jennings, Mack Hollins, and a few exciting undrafted players.
One of their most seasoned and proven commodities is Albert Wilson. The 6-year receiver was entering the final year of his deal he signed with Miami after beginning his career with the Chiefs. However, he has restructured his deal which may show good faith for a long term relationship with the Dolphins.
He was set to make $11 million for the 2020 season if Miami did not release or trade him, but he has restructured his deal to make sure he will be with the club this season. He will make a base salary of $3 million with $1 million with incentives.
Albert Wilson serves a special role as a receiver, his ability to run the routes as a pure slot receiver, but turn up field and play as a running back in the open field creates big play opportunities. He began to come back strong at the tail end of last season, and if his health stays on the right track he too will have an opportunity to seize the role as Tua’s go to as he begins his career.