Jaylen Waddle

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

All clear for playoff debut

Waddle (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's road playoff game against the Bills.

Analysis: Waddle practiced fully Friday and will make his postseason debut. The 24-year-old wide receiver will be catching passes from rookie seventh-round pick Skylar Thompson in the wild-card round, as Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) has been ruled out and Teddy Bridgewater (finger/knee) will dress in a backup role, if he suits up at all. Waddle could also be called upon to return kicks with Raheem Mostert (thumb) unavailable.

Jan 13, 2023 12:44 PM EST

Another limited practice

Waddle (ankle) remained limited at practice Thursday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: In the wake of back-to-back limited practice listings, Waddle will probably need to work fully Friday in order to approach Sunday's playoff game against the Bills minus an injury designation. That said, earlier this week coach Mike McDaniel indicated that he would be "very surprised" if Waddle didn't play this weekend, per Adam H. Beasley of ProFootballNetwork.com.

Jan 12, 2023 1:12 PM EST

Limited by ankle issue

Waddle (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Per Adam H. Beasley of ProFootballNetwork.com, coach Mike McDaniel said earlier this week that he'd "be very surprised" if Waddle is unable to play in Sunday's playoff game against the Bills. That said, the wideout figures to need to return to a full practice by Friday in order to avoid approaching the contest with an injury designation.

Jan 11, 2023 1:34 PM EST

Dealing with minor ankle issue

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said Monday that he'd "be very surprised" if Waddle (ankle) is unable to play Sunday against the Bills, Adam H. Beasley of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: Waddle finished the regular-season finale with five receptions for 44 yards, but he appears to have picked up an ankle injury as well. He played 75 percent of Miami's offensive snaps during the win over the Jets, which is right around his season average, so it doesn't appear like the injury limited him in Week 18 or will impact his availability for the wild-card matchup against Buffalo. However, more clarity on Waddle's status will be available when the Dolphins release their next injury report, which won't come until Wednesday.

Jan 9, 2023 1:59 PM EST

Five catches in season finale

Waddle secured all five targets for 44 yards in the Dolphins' 11-6 win over the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: Waddle worked perfectly in concert with rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson, pacing the Dolphins in receptions and checking in second or tied for second in yardage and targets in the process. The second-year speedster finishes the regular campaign with 29 fewer receptions than his rookie tally of 104 -- unsurprising given Tyreek Hill's arrival this offseason -- but a new career high of 1,356 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. It remains to be seen which quarterback Waddle will work with in next weekend's tough road wild-card matchup against the Bills.

Jan 8, 2023 1:55 PM EST

Good to go for Week 18

Waddle (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: After opening Week 18 prep with a pair of limited practices, Waddle was a full participant in Friday's session, putting to rest any concern about his status for the regular-season finale. As the Dolphins aim to secure a playoff spot Sunday, Waddle will be working with third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson, whom head coach Mike McDaniel named the team's Week 18 starter with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) ruled out and with Teddy Bridgewater (finger/knee) listed as questionable and expected to be available only in a backup capacity. In Thompson's lone other start Week 6 against the Vikings, Waddle finished with six catches for 129 yards on 10 targets.

Jan 6, 2023 2:00 PM EST

Stays limited in practice

Waddle (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Though Waddle's reps have been capped both of the past two days, the health of his shoulder is a lesser concern for his Week 18 fantasy prospects than the state of the Miami quarterback room. Head coach Mike McDaniel has all but ruled out Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) for a second straight game, while top backup Teddy Bridgewater (knee) has been limited in practice the past two days while battling a dislocated finger on his throwing hand. Bridgewater appeared to be doing more work Thursday than he did Wednesday, but rookie seventh-rounder Skylar Thompson could be trending toward his second career start at this stage of the week. The Dolphins' final Week 18 practice Friday should provide more clarity on the status of Waddle heading into the weekend, as well as Miami's plans at quarterback.

Jan 5, 2023 1:29 PM EST

Limited with shoulder injury

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

Analysis: Waddle played through a shoulder injury in October without missing any games, and he'll likely do the same this weekend as the Dolphins fight for the final wild-card spot in the AFC. QB Skylar Thompson took the first team-reps at practice Wednesday with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) unavailable and Teddy Bridgewater limited by a dislocated finger.

Jan 4, 2023 1:23 PM EST

Held to 52 yards by New England

Waddle secured three of five targets for 52 yards during Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Waddle was held in check both by a conservative gameplan and Teddy Bridgewater (finger) being replaced by Skylar Thompson in the third quarter with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) already inactive, but it was nonetheless surprising to see him draw less targets than all of Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson and Trent Sherfield, not to mention Tyreek Hill. The Dolphins will work to get healthier in time for Week 18's matchup against the Jets, but it's possible Waddle could again be catching passes from Sherfield during the regular-season finale.

Jan 1, 2023 1:51 PM EST

Lights it up against Packers

Waddle caught five of six targets for 143 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-20 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Most of his production came in the first half, including an 84-yard TD in the first quarter, but Miami's offense imploded in the second half. Waddle has posted back-to-back 100-yard performances, giving him six on the season, and the second-year wideout has already established new career highs in receiving yards and touchdowns heading into a Week 17 clash with the Patriots.

Dec 25, 2022 5:39 PM EST

Team-high yardage total

Waddle secured three of seven targets for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 32-29 loss to the Bills on Saturday night.

Analysis: Waddle's game-high receiving yardage total was his best since Week 8, while his trip to the end zone, which came on a 67-yard grab in which he got wide open in the middle of the field and capped off the Dolphins' first second-half drive, was his first touchdown since Week 10. The third-year wideout still hasn't logged more than five catches since Week 8, however, a matter he'll look to rectify in a key Week 16 Christmas Day battle at home against the Packers.

Dec 17, 2022 9:10 PM EST

Quiet in defeat

Waddle (fibula) converted two of four targets into 31 yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Waddle was a ghost in the first half, failing to record a catch until the fourth quarter. The 24-year-old has now turned in consecutive fantasy duds while attempting to play through a leg injury. Waddle did reach 1,000 receiving yards on the year despite his recent poor play, a feat he has now accomplished in each of his first two seasons as a pro. Fellow starter Tyreek Hill suffered an ankle injury Sunday -- although he was able to finish the game -- so Waddle may be asked to carry the receiver room if the former is limited or misses Saturday's tilt against Buffalo.

Dec 11, 2022 9:34 PM EST

Good to go Sunday

Waddle (fibula) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday night's game against the Chargers after practicing fully both Thursday and Friday, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Waddle logged a limited session Wednesday, but back-to-back full practices have the wideout ready to play versus the Chargers. The 2021 first-rounder, who saw a 52 percent snap share in the Dolphins' Week 13 loss to the 49ers en route to catching just one of his five targets for nine yards, profiles as a bounce-back candidate in Week 14, assuming no in-game setbacks with the leg issue that slowed him last weekend.

Dec 9, 2022 3:30 PM EST

Logs full practice

Waddle (fibula) returned to a full practice Thursday, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Waddle was limited Wednesday, but the wideout's return to a full session Thursday puts him on track to be available Sunday night against the Chargers. Meanwhile, Tyreek Hill missed Thursday's practice due to an illness, so it remains to be seen if the Dolphins will have both of their starting WRs versus Los Angeles. Waddle, who caught just one of five targets for nine yards in Miami's Week 13 loss to the 49ers, has compiled an overall 57/972/6 stat line (on 90 targets) through 12 games to date.

Dec 8, 2022 4:18 PM EST

Limited by fibula injury

Waddle (fibula) was limited at practice Wednesday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Waddle was limited to 24 of a possible 46 snaps on offense in this past Sunday's 33-17 loss to the 49ers en route to catching one of his five targets for nine yards. With a limited session to start the practice week, the starting wideout's status is now worth monitoring closely as this weekend's game against the Chargers approaches. If Waddle ends up limited at all versus Los Angeles, Trent Sherfield and River Cracraft would be in line for added WR snaps alongside Tyreek Hill.

Dec 7, 2022 3:30 PM EST

Limited in loss

Waddle caught just one of five targets for nine yards in Sunday's 33-17 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Waddle's uncharacteristically low output came while he played through a leg injury against arguably the league's best defense. With Waddle moving gingerly, the Dolphins relied on teammate Tyreek Hill, who caught nine passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. Following his season-worst performance, Waddle's status will be important to track in advance of Week 14's matchup versus the Chargers. If his usage is impacted, Trent Sherfield, River Cracraft and Cedric Wilson would figure to benefit from extra looks.

Dec 4, 2022 4:43 PM EST

Back in Sunday's game

Waddle (leg) returned to Sunday's game against the 49ers, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins' starting wideout had been forced out of the game with a leg injury, but Waddle is back in the contest and will look to pick up the pace after not hauling in either of his first four targets Sunday.

Dec 4, 2022 3:04 PM EST

Injures leg Sunday

Waddle was forced out of Sunday's game against the 49ers with a leg injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Waddle did not record a catch. While he's sidelined, added WR snaps alongside Tyreek Hill are available for Trent Sherfield, Cedrick Wilson and River Cracraft.

Dec 4, 2022 2:19 PM EST

Another productive day in win

Waddle secured five of 10 targets for 85 yards in the Dolphins' 30-15 win over the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: After the Dolphins jumped out to a 30-0 halftime lead, Miami's offensive starters all eventually made an early exit from the contest. However, Waddle drew even with position mate Tyreek Hill for the team lead in receptions, checked in second in receptions to his fellow speedster and paced the Dolphins in targets. Waddle has no fewer than 66 receiving yards in any game since Week 5, a streak he'll hope to extend in a Week 13 road showdown against the 49ers.

Nov 27, 2022 1:41 PM EST

Team-high receiving yardage total

Waddle brought in four of five targets for 66 yards in the Dolphins' 39-17 win over the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: Waddle's receiving yardage total was a team high on the afternoon, and he also logged the longest catch of the day for the Dolphins (29 yards). The second-year wideout's yardage total was actually his lowest since Week 5, but with 878 yards through 10 games, he'll head into a Week 11 bye.

Nov 13, 2022 2:26 PM EST

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