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Waddle recorded four receptions on six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' Week 1 victory over New England.
Analysis: Waddle was out-targeted by only DeVante Parker, and he finished second on the team with 61 receiving yards. He showed explosiveness in a variety of ways and picked up 17 yards on the team's first play from scrimmage. Waddle played a key role at other points in the game, hauling in a deep reception of 36 yards that set up a field goal just before halftime. On the team's opening possession of the second half, Waddle found the end zone on a three-yard catch. While Will Fuller (suspension) will return for the team's Week 2 matchup against Buffalo, Waddle showcased his capabilities in his opening regular-season contest as a professional.
Sep 12, 2021 6:18 PM EST
In his NFL regular-season debut Sunday against the Patriots, Waddle could see an expanded role in Miami's offense, with Will Fuller (suspension) unavailable, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Per Furones, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft is projected to play a key role in the Dolphins' run-pass option offense in any case, and with Fuller out this weekend Waddle should have an immediate opportunity to rekindle his on-field chemistry with his former college quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. At 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, Waddle profiles as an explosive playmaker, and while it remains to be seen how steady his volume will be early on in his pro career, minus Fuller and with Preston Williams iffy with a foot injury, the Alabama product has a chance to make an impact in Week 1 in tandem with fellow key pass-catchers WR DeVante Parker and TE Mike Gesicki.
Sep 11, 2021 7:21 AM EST
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