By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on July 27, 2014
The Miami Dolphins aren't stacked at many positions, but wide receiver is an exception. The Dolphins have more depth at receiver than any other position on the roster. Entering 2014 NFL Training Camp, there is a question as to which players will make the roster and which players will be cut before training camp. Here are the receivers the Dolphins will keep on the roster in 2014, and how the depth chart will be spread out.
Marcus Thigpen faces a big risk of being cut before the season starts as he makes the transition from running back to wide receiver. Although Thigpen's main duties will continue to consist of returning punts and kickoffs, there is stiff competition at not only the receiver position, but for the return positions. Brent Grimes, Damian Williams and Jarvis Landry are all receiving reps at returner. Look for Thigpen to remain the team's returner.
Damian Williams is a long shot to make the roster. Signed by the Dolphins in the offseason after spending the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Williams has extensive experience as a starting receiver. Although most expect Rishard Matthews or a rookie like Matt Hazel to lock down the No. 5 spot, expect Williams to make the team. Again, versatility comes into play, and the former Titan can return punts if Thigpen is injured.
Brandon Gibson enters training camp as the favorite to win the slot position over Jarvis Landry, Armon Binns and the aforementioned Matthews. However, though Gibson may line up as the team's No. 3 receiver in the season opener against the New England Patriots, expect Landry to become the team's slot receiver as the season progressed. Gibson will be demoted to the No. 4 receiver position as a result.
Jarvis Landry was surprisingly selected with a second-round draft pick by the Dolphins in the 2014 NFL Draft. It is clear that the Dolphins have plans to make Landry their slot receiver, whether that's in 2014 or after. As mentioned in the previous slide, Gibson has the advantage over Landry for the slot position at the moment, but the LSU product will leap Gibson after the season begins.
Brian Hartline has the No. 2 receiver position locked up for the fifth consecutive season. The receiver had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2013, when he caught 76 passes for 1,016 yards and four touchdowns. Though Hartline is not a red zone threat, he continues to stretch the field for the offense and is quarterback Ryan Tannehill's favorite security blanket.
Despite a disappointing 2013 season which saw Mike Wallace not even lead the team in receiving despite signing a million deal with the Dolphins in the offseason, the sixth-year receiver enters 2014 as the team's clear No. 1 receiver. During OTAs, Wallace was the team's hardest worker, as he was often the last player to leave the practice field. If the former Pittsburgh Steelers wishes to remain a Dolphin in 2015, he'll have to excel in 2014.
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