Jaylen Waddle

Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #17
Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #17
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Jaylen Waddle News

Questionable for TNF

Waddle (groin) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Bengals after being listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The same applies to starting QB Tua Tagovailoa (back/ankle), with the duo's Week 4 status set to be officially confirmed upon the release of Miami's inactives ahead of Thursday's 8:15 ET kickoff. In the Dolphins 21-19 win over the Bills this past Sunday, Waddle logged 32 of a possible 43 snaps on offense en route to catching four of his six targets for 102 yards.

Sep 28, 2022 1:50 PM EST

Limited Tuesday

Waddle (groin) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Waddle was listed as a non-participant at Monday's practice, so he is seemingly trending in the right direction. Still, both sessions were just walkthroughs, so player's reported participation is an estimate. The second-year receiver paced the Dolphins' pass catchers in Week 2 with 102 yards on four receptions. His status will need to continued to be monitored as Thursday's matchup with the Bengals approaches.

Sep 27, 2022 5:42 PM EST

Dealing with groin injury

Waddle (groin) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated practice report, per Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site.

Analysis: Waddle led the team with 102 receiving yards during Sunday's narrow win over the Bills, but he apparently picked up a groin injury as well. The extent of the issue is unclear, but it's something worth monitoring, especially with the Dolphins on a short week.

Sep 26, 2022 1:46 PM EST

Another stellar showing in win

Waddle brought in four of six targets for 102 yards and added one rush for nine yards in the Dolphins' 21-19 win over the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Waddle paced the Dolphins in receiving yards, significantly outpacing the runner-up in that category, fellow speedster and position mate Tyreek Hill (33 yards). The 2021 first-round pick also had a team-high 45-yard catch while forging his second straight 100-yard effort. Waddle's next opportunity to build on his 19-342-3 line comes in a Week 4 road matchup against the Bengals on Thursday night.

Sep 25, 2022 2:30 PM EST

Eclipses century mark in wild win

Waddle brought in 11 of 19 targets for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the Dolphins' 42-38 win over the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: The eye-popping target volume says it all in terms of Waddle's chemistry with Tua Tagovailoa, and it underscores how intensive a comeback the Dolphins were forced to mount after entering the fourth quarter down 35-21. Waddle was an integral part of the unlikely victory, recording a six-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter and then capping off the rally via a seven-yard score with only 14 seconds remaining. Waddle has opened the season with three touchdown receptions in his first two games and is clearly benefitting from fellow speedster Tyreek Hill's presence, but the entire Miami air attack will have quite the task in a Week 3 home matchup versus the Bills next Sunday.

Sep 18, 2022 1:50 PM EST

Races for 42-yard TD in win

Waddle caught four of five targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-7 win over the Patriots. He added eight yards on one rushing attempt.

Analysis: Waddle found a seam between three Patriots defenders and turned on the jets to score a 42-yard touchdown in the final seconds of the first half. Besides that splashy play, Waddle played second fiddle to Tyreek Hill, who led the team in targets (12) and scrimmage yards (100). The two explosive wide receivers showed they can coexist in this one, and Miami should continue to feature both in Week 2 against the Ravens.

Sep 11, 2022 2:05 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Waddle (quad) practiced fully Thursday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: After logging a limited session Wednesday, Waddle was able to practice fully Thursday, which sets the stage for the 2021 first-rounder to be available for Sunday's season opener against the Patriots. Heading into the upcoming campaign, Waddle and Tyreek Hill are in line to form a dynamic 1-2 punch at wideout for the Dolphins, and in that context both players should see steady target volume from QB Tua Tagovailoa in 2022.

Sep 8, 2022 12:25 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Waddle (quad) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com previously reported that Waddle, who is dealing with a quad issue, was working at Wednesday's practice minus a leg sleeve, with the starting wideout's participation in the session representing a positive sign with regard to his status for Sunday's season opener against the Patriots.

Sep 7, 2022 1:39 PM EST

Practicing without leg sleeve

Waddle (lower body) is practicing without a leg sleeve Wednesday, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike McDaniel called Waddle limited Wednesday, but it's encouraging to see the second-year pro operating without a leg sleeve. Waddle will have two more chances to upgrade his activity level prior to Sunday's season opener against the Patriots, but barring any setbacks it looks like he's on track to take the field.

Sep 7, 2022 10:14 AM EST

Resumes practicing

Waddle (lower body) is practicing with teammates Monday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike McDaniel again affirmed that Waddle is on track for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Patriots. The Dolphins have taken a cautious approach to the second-year pro's recovery from an undisclosed lower body injury, but it's looking like Waddle may not even face a snap count Week 1. Miami's first set of injury reports of the 2022 season will provide more tangible information about Waddle's health, but for now he can be considered fully on track to operate alongside Tyreek Hill as one of Tua Tagovailoa's top weapons vs. New England.

Sep 5, 2022 12:13 PM EST

No concerns about Week 1

Coach Mike McDaniel said Thursday he's "very, very, very confident" Waddle (lower body) will be available Week 1 versus the Patriots, Alain Poupart of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Waddle returned to practice as a limited participant Tuesday, and he continues to work his way back from an unspecified lower body injury. There don't appear to be any real concerns about the second-year wideout's status for the regular-season opener, and he still have over a week to get fully healthy before Sept. 11. Waddle is set to pair up with Tyreek Hill, forming the speediest one-two punch at receiver in the league as he looks to build upon a 104/1015/6 rookie line.

Sep 1, 2022 11:45 AM EST

Practices in limited fashion

Waddle (lower body) is practicing in a limited capacity Tuesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Waddle is dealing with an undisclosed lower body injury, the severity of which prevented him from seeing action during any of Miami's three preseason contests. The second-year wideout was previously termed day-to-day, however, so it looks like he has a solid chance of returning to full health ahead of the Dolphins' season opener against New England on Sept. 11. When healthy, Waddle is locked in alongside Tyreek Hill as one of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's top targets.

Aug 30, 2022 11:05 AM EST

Won't play Saturday

Waddle (undisclosed) is not in line to play in Saturday's preseason finale against the Eagles.

Analysis: Waddle's next game action is thus on tap for the Dolphins' Week 1 contest against the Patriots. At that time, he's slated to combine with Tyreek Hill to form one of the more dynamic 1-2 WR punches in the NFL.

Aug 27, 2022 2:41 PM EST

Limited to stretching

Waddle (undisclosed) stretched with teammates Wednesday but isn't practicing, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Waddle has now been out for more than a week after initially being deemed day-to-day. Coach Mike McDaniel said Sunday that he's not worried about Waddle's Week 1 availability, and the second-year wideout still has more than two weeks to recover before the opener against New England.

Aug 24, 2022 7:46 AM EST

Held out as precaution

Waddle (undisclosed) was held out of Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders as a precaution, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Per Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald, coach Mike McDaniel indicated that the team plans to get Waddle "involved a little bit" in the coming days, albeit with a degree of caution, with the wideout possibly managing an unspecified injury. In any case, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post relays via McDaniel that there's no concern regarding Waddle's Week 1 availability.

Aug 21, 2022 2:03 PM EST

Not playing Saturday

Waddle (undisclosed) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Las Vegas.

Analysis: The Dolphins are mostly playing their starters, but Waddle is out with a seemingly minor injury. Cedrick Wilson, Preston Williams and Trent Sherfield are the top candidates to take on extra WR snaps with the first-team offense.

Aug 20, 2022 2:35 PM EST

Day-to-day with minor injury

Waddle is day-to-day with a minor, unspecified injury, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Waddle didn't practice Tuesday, though coach Mike McDaniel said the wideout wanted to suit up and was held out by the medical staff to prevent any aggravation. This doesn't sound like threat to his Week 1 availability, and Waddle should be back on the practice field soon enough.

Aug 17, 2022 6:52 AM EST

Not practicing

Waddle was present for practice Tuesday but didn't participate, Adam H. Beasley of Pro Football Network reports.

Analysis: This usually suggests a minor injury, though it isn't automatically the case. Waddle was held out of the preseason opener against Tampa, along with other starters, and it's unclear how the Dolphins will approach their second exhibition Saturday against Las Vegas. Coach Mike McDaniel said Tuesday that he didn't want to reveal his plan, at least not yet.

Aug 16, 2022 9:34 AM EST

Unlikely to play Saturday

Waddle isn't slated to play in Saturday's preseason game in Tampa Bay.

Analysis: All of Waddle, fellow wide receiver Tyreek Hill, starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert are sitting out the Dolphins' exhibition opener. As a result, the receiving corps will feature Cedrick Wilson, Preston Williams and Trent Sherfield, among others, Saturday.

Aug 13, 2022 3:11 PM EST

Finding success alongside Hill

Waddle and Tyreek Hill have been regularly generated explosive plays and been featured during the early days of training camp, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: Waddle offered high praise for Hill's impact on Miami's offense, and per Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network, he also noted that the All-Pro wideout has taken on a "big brother" mentorship role. Wingfield stresses the new explosive dimension gifted to the Dolphins' offense by deploying Waddle and Hill in tandem, and observes that in the early days of training camp, both wideouts have benefited from the other demanding defensive attention. Hill made a handful of deep plays during Day 2 of training camp while Waddle's highlights are mostly described as involving short routes, but there's plenty of time for both to take reps all over the field before Week 1.

Jul 29, 2022 7:32 AM EST

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