He joins the Dolphins and is already tied for the team lead for WR touchdowns with one (tight end Anthony Fasano has four, but WRs Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, and Marlon Moore have 1 each…yikes).
Binns entered the NFL undrafted last year and has spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars organization (did not play in a regular season game with the Jags), plus he played in eight games this season for the Bengals.
In his brief career, Binns has 18 catches (targeted 29 times) for 210 yards and one touchdown.
Binns started slow at the University of Cincinnati, but his last two years there were extremely productive. In his first two years he had one catch and then again just one catch. In his last two years, he went off to the tune of 61 catches and then 75 catches. He had zero touchdowns the first two years, but a whopping 21 touchdowns in his junior/senior seasons (All-Big East honors both times).
Binns is 6’3″ and is around 215 pounds. He is a physical receiver with decent (at best) speed. He runs a 4.55 40 yard dash and can make catches in traffic.
What will excite Dolfans is that Binns is a guy who has experience with deep routes. He can do vertical routes well. The Miami 2012 pass offense has seen waaaaay too many short and unimaginative routes being run by the WRs. He has height and can jump pretty well. He has experience having his quarterback toss one up for him to out-jump his defender and make a play.
I like the fact that Binns usually has good technique to catch the football. His hands are out in front of his body and he can snatch the ball rather than allowing the ball to get too close into his body (drops and deflections happen that way).
I loathe the fade route/jump ball play that teams run in the red-zone, but Binns may actually be effective with that and we would all agree that Miami requires more ways to be able to score points.
Binns can contribute to the run game as a solid blocker.
Versus the Dolphins in week 5, Binns had four catches for 41 yards. He did not have any catches vs the Jags when the Bengals played them, but hopefully since he already prepared for the 2012 Jags, he can provide a tidbit or two to the team when preparing for them this week.
There have been several WRs that have been given a chance by Miami in 2012 and Binns is the latest. We will watch his progression in this offense closely as it would be wonderful to start to see pleasant surprises to end 2012 that could get us excited about 2013.
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