Jaylen Waddle

Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #17
Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #17
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Facing competition for targets

Waddle is likely to slide down the wide receiver depth chart following Miami's acquisition of Tyreek Hill in a trade with the Chiefs, Travis Wingfield of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Waddle set an NFL rookie record with 104 catches last season, while also surpassing 1,000 receiving yards and scoring six touchdowns, but he no longer seems like the favorite for the No. 1 wideout spot entering the 2022 season. Hill, whose skillset inspires obvious comparisons to Waddle's, established himself as one of the top playmakers in the league during his time in Kansas City, and figures to operate as a pillar of new coach Mike McDaniel's scheme. The six-time Pro Bowler commanded 159 targets in 2021, while surpassing 1,100 receiving yards in four of the last five seasons. While there's still plenty of reason for excitement about Waddle's future, especially in dynasty formats, Hill's arrival could serve to limit the second-year pro's production upside for 2022. Mike Gesicki, Cedrick Wilson, and incumbent DeVante Parker also all stand to demand a share of targets, as well.

Mar 28, 2022 8:03 AM EST

Makes history in Week 18

Waddle caught five of seven targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-24 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: While he didn't gain much in the way of yardage, Waddle still led the Dolphins in catches and targets, and his seven-yard TD grab in the first quarter opened the scoring. He also set a new NFL rookie record with 104 receptions, breaking the mark of 101 set by Anquan Boldin in 2003, and Waddle avoided an asterisk by doing it in 16 games. He'll head into 2022 as Miami's clear No. 1 receiver, but it's not yet clear if he'll still be catching passes from Tua Tagovailoa, or if the team will look for an upgrade at quarterback in the offseason.

Jan 9, 2022 11:05 PM EST

Limited to three catches

Waddle brought in three of seven targets for 47 yards in the Dolphins' 34-3 loss to the Titans on Sunday. He also returned one punt for 15 yards.

Analysis: Waddle's recent run of high-volume efforts came to a halt Sunday against a feisty Titans secondary, leading to his lowest yardage total since Week 8. The rookie also saw a three-game streak of double-digit targets go by the wayside, as DeVante Parker led the way with 13 looks overall. Despite the downturn Sunday, Waddle will have a chance to hit the 100-catch mark with just one reception in Week 18 against the Patriots.

Jan 2, 2022 4:02 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Waddle caught 10 of 12 targets for 92 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 20-3 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Waddle was the engine to Miami's offense, moving the sticks by getting free on a variety of underneath routes. His after-the-catch ability once again offered a consistent outlet for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, including on his one-yard touchdown from a misdirection push pass in the second half. Prior to that score, however, Tagovailoa found Waddle downfield on a flea flicker, significantly improving his average with a 24-yard gain. After missing last week's game while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Waddle immediately picked up where he previously left off, turning in his third straight performance with at least nine receptions for 90 yards. As the Dolphins continue to fight for a playoff spot, expect the dynamic rookie Waddle to remain highly involved to close the campaign.

Dec 27, 2021 8:20 PM EST

Coming off COVID list

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that Waddle (illness) will be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official sitereports.

Analysis: Waddle missed Sunday's win over the Jets after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, but the standout rookie receiver will be back at team facilities Monday. The timing of Waddle's clearance will allow him a full week of practice activity in advance of facing the Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 16. Tua Tagovailoa's favorite target will thus rejoin a receiving corps also led by DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki, though coach Brian Flores relayed Monday that Will Fuller (finger) has suffered "some setbacks" in his recovery and is not expected to return this season, per Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald.

Dec 20, 2021 10:07 AM EST

Not activated off COVID list

The Dolphins did not activate Waddle from the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of Sunday's game against the Jets, per Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald and Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network.

Analysis: Waddle, who landed on the list Thursday, will thus target a potential return to action in Week 16, when Miami faces the Saints on Dec. 27. In his absence, the Dolphins' top available options at wide receiver are DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson, with Mack Hollins, Isaiah Ford, Preston Williams and Tommylee Lewis also in the mix.

Dec 18, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Headed to COVID list

The Dolphins are slated to place Waddle on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Waddle headed to the reserve/COVID-19 list, the wideout's status for Sunday's game against the Jets is now uncertain. In that context, the Dolphins' top available options at wide receiver are currently DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, Mack Hollins, Isaiah Ford and Preston Williams.

Dec 16, 2021 8:42 AM EST

Another nine catches

Waddle recorded nine receptions on 11 targets for 90 yards in Sunday's 20-9 victory over the Giants.

Analysis: Waddle continued his breakout even with the return of DeVante Parker (shoulder), racking up double-digit targets for the fifth time in his last eight games. While he wasn't able to top 100 yards for the second consecutive contest, he did manage several chunk gains of 25, 17 and 11 yards. Waddle has particularly displayed the big-play aspect of his game of late, as he's now delivered four receptions of 20 yards or more in his last four games. In comparison, he had just two such gains across the first nine contests of his career. Waddle will have to wait until Week 15 to take the field again as the Dolphins head into their bye in Week 14.

Dec 5, 2021 2:10 PM EST

Posts career-best performance

Waddle brought in nine of 10 targets for 137 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 33-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also returned one punt for seven yards.

Analysis: The rookie posted his first career 100-yard effort in the Dolphins' fourth consecutive win, and both his reception and yardage totals paced all pass catchers on the afternoon. Waddle also recorded his fourth receiving touchdown of the season in the second quarter on a nine-yard scoring grab, and with at least eight catches in three of the past four games, he heads into a Week 13 home matchup against the Giants with no shortage of momentum.

Nov 28, 2021 3:04 PM EST

Eight catches, rushing TD in win

Waddle caught eight of nine targets for 65 yards and added a one-yard rushing touchdown in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Waddle capped the opening drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown, easily out-sprinting the Jets defense to the edge. The rookie wide receiver has scored from in close on both of his rushing attempts this season, complementing a trio of receiving touchdowns. His chemistry with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa should ensure a robust touch floor for Waddle in Week 12 against the Panthers.

Nov 21, 2021 2:48 PM EST

Eclipses 60-yard mark in win

Waddle hauled in four of six targets for 61 yards in the Dolphins' 22-10 win over the Ravens on Thursday night. He also returned one punt for six yards.

Analysis: Waddle co-led the team in receptions alongside Albert Wilson and Isaiah Ford, with a 35-yard grab accounting for a good chunk of his production. After 33- and 31-yard tallies in Weeks 4 and 5, Waddle has bounced back to eclipse 60 yards in four of the last five contests. His next opportunity to extend that solid stretch of production comes a week from Sunday in a Week 11 divisional road clash with the Jets.

Nov 11, 2021 9:33 PM EST

Paces pass catchers in victory

Waddle brought in eight of 10 targets for 83 yards in the Dolphins' 17-9 win over the Texans on Sunday. He also returned two kickoffs for 47 yards.

Analysis: The rookie bounced back from an underwhelming 4-29 line against the Bills in Week 8 with Sunday's effort, which featured team-leading figures in receptions, receiving yards and targets. With DeVante Parker (shoulder) having joined Will Fuller (finger) on injured reserve Saturday, Waddle easily profiles as Miami's most explosive wideout and should enjoy another significant role in a Week 10 Thursday night matchup against the Ravens.

Nov 7, 2021 3:06 PM EST

Held to four grabs Sunday

Waddle brought in four of 12 targets for 29 yards in the Dolphins' 26-11 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also returned two punts for 25 yards.

Analysis: The rookie was highly inefficient on a day when he logged the second-highest number of targets of his young career. Waddle had encouragingly recorded 17 receptions over the last two games on 21 targets, so the constant failure to connect with Tua Tagovailoa on Sunday was particularly alarming yet also largely explained by the elite Bills secondary. Waddle will aim for a significant turnaround in his numbers Week 9 against the visiting Texans.

Oct 31, 2021 3:44 PM EST

Racks up catches again

Waddle brought in seven of eight targets for 83 yards in the Dolphins' 30-28 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: The rookie shared the team lead in receptions and targets with Mike Gesicki and checked in second to his teammate in receiving yards with a tally that qualified as Waddle's career high. The Alabama product now has a whopping 17 receptions on 21 targets over the last two games alone, making him a PPR darling despite typically recording many of his receptions near relatively close to the line of scrimmage. Waddle will look to continue piling up the production in a thorny Week 8 road divisional battle against the Bills.

Oct 24, 2021 3:01 PM EST

Reaches end zone twice

Waddle recorded 10 receptions on 13 targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Waddle enjoyed the return of Tua Tagovailoa and immediately showed rapport with his young quarterback. The duo connected for touchdowns of six and two yards -- Waddle's first trips to the end zone since Week 1. Despite the strong production, Waddle didn't work down the field regularly as his longest reception of the contest went for just 14 yards. To continue to produce, he'll likely have to see considerable volume, which could become a bit more complicated once DeVante Parker (shoulder) is able to retake the field. Even so, Waddle's performance Sunday was encouraging after he had combined to record only five receptions for 64 yards combined across his last two games.

Oct 17, 2021 10:42 AM EST

Will be Tua's No. 1 WR in Week 6

Waddle's set to work as the Dolphins' top wide receiver Sunday against the Jaguars with DeVante Parker (shoulder) ruled out, and he's expected to be catching passes from Tua Tagovailoa, who's set to return from a rib injury, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Waddle just put forth a disappointing two-catch performance against Tampa Bay with Parker sidelined, but that was with backup Jacoby Brissett under center. The only game Waddle played with his former Alabama teammate Tagovailoa under center for more than a quarter was Week 1, and that's also the only game in which the rookie first-round pick has found the end zone. Waddle will have a good opportunity to make it 2-for-2 in touchdowns with Tua against a vulnerable Jacksonville secondary in London.

Oct 15, 2021 11:15 AM EST

Struggles in blowout loss

Waddle caught two of six targets for 31 yards and added a two-yard run in Sunday's 45-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Waddle ranked third on the team in targets behind running back Myles Gaskin (10) and tight end Mike Gesicki (seven) with fellow wide receiver DeVante Parker (shoulder) inactive. The rookie first-round pick failed to do much with that volume and had a ball bounce off his hands in the fourth quarter, leading to an interception. Miami makes a concerted effort to get the ball in Waddle's hands often -- he has 36 targets through five games -- and there should be more room to operate against the shaky Jacksonville secondary in Week 6, though it remains to be seen whether Jacoby Brissett or Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) will be under center in London.

Oct 10, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Could see more work

Waddle could be in line for increased offensive usage with Will Fuller (finger) bound for IR, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Waddle has handled a starting role in Miami's offense since Week 1, but he only took the field at the same time as Fuller over the past two weeks. We'll still have to wait at least three more games getting a good sample size on what the Dolphins' scheme looks like with all of Waddle, Fuller and DeVante Parker healthy at the same time. In the meantime, Waddle and Parker will continue to operate as the clear top wideouts. Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) could come off IR as early as Week 6, but Waddle will need to work with Jacoby Brissett under center again for at least Sunday's contest in Tampa Bay.

Oct 6, 2021 8:43 AM EST

Target volume comes down to earth

Waddle secured three of four targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 27-17 loss to Indianapolis.

Analysis: Waddle is just one week removed from having seen 13 targets from Jacoby Brissett, but he took a back seat to DeVante Parker (4/77/1 on nine targets) against Indianapolis. If Will Fuller (hand) isn't able to suit up at Tampa Bay in Week 5, Waddle could end up handling more opportunities, but it still isn't easy to trust the rookie as an every-week fantasy option -- especially with Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) still out at least one more game.

Oct 4, 2021 7:22 AM EST

Can't do much with big volume

Waddle caught 12 of 13 passes for 58 yards in Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: He was Jacoby Brissett's favorite option on the afternoon, but Waddle wasn't able to do much with his team-leading volume -- the rookie's longest catch went for only nine yards, and he got tackled for a safety on a botched wide receiver screen late in the first quarter. With Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) out for at least two more games, Waddle may need to rely on his ability to gain yards after the catch to post stronger numbers in Week 4 at home against the Colts.

Sep 26, 2021 7:14 PM EST

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