Lynn Bowden Jr.

Miami Dolphins
Running Back #6
Miami Dolphins
Running Back #6

Lynn Bowden Jr. News

Still dealing with hamstring issue

Bowden isn't participating in the Dolphins' OTAs, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Bowden suffered a hamstring injury during training camp last year and was ultimately placed on injured reserve for the entire season. Health isn't the 2020 third-round pick's only concern, as he also faces competition for a roster spot after the Dolphins acquired Tyreek Hill via trade this summer and drafted Erik Ezukanma in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Miami's new head coach Mike McDaniel has praised Bowden's versatility as a unique trait, but the 5-foot-11 offensive gadget has to get healthy before he hopes to carve out a roll in the Dolphins loaded wideout corps.

May 25, 2022 10:50 AM EST

Facing competition for roster spot

Bowden (hamstring) will face competition from rookie fourth-round pick Erik Ezukanma this offseason, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Bowden, who spent the entire 2021 season sidelined due to a hamstring injury, could very realistically be on the roster bubble for Miami's new coaching staff. The 24-year-old flashed some competence as a rookie in 2020, when he racked up 28 catches for 211 yards on 37 targets through 10 appearances, but he now faces competition for even a depth gig from all of Ezukanma, Preston Williams and Trent Sherfield.

May 10, 2022 6:16 AM EST

Returns to injured reserve

Bowden (hamstring) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and reverted to injured reserve, The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Bowden landed on the COVID list last week but is now back on injured reserve, where he's been since August. The 24-year-old isn't expected to take the field for Miami this season.

Dec 29, 2021 8:23 PM EST

Moves to COVID list

Bowden (illness) was moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list from IR on Wednesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Bowden was already out for the season with a hamstring injury suffered in practice during training camp. Any rehabbing at the Dolphins' facility that he is doing will have to pause until he can clear COVID protocols. Once cleared, he'll return to preparing for the 2022 season.

Dec 22, 2021 5:18 PM EST

Placed on IR with hamstring injury

Bowden (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins would've waited a week if they wanted the option to bring Bowden back later this season. As is, he'll be ineligible for the entire season if he remains with the Dolphins, only able to return if he agrees to an injury settlement and gets released. That wouldn't typically happen with a third-round pick in his second pro season, but Bowden is already on his second NFL team -- one that happens to have a crowded depth chart at wide receiver. The Dolphins also parted ways with Isaiah Ford and Robert Foster on Tuesday, clearing out some of the competition for the final spot or two at WR.

Aug 24, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Not expected to play Saturday

Bowden (hamstring) is listed as not expected to play on the Dolphins' injury report before Saturday's preseason game.

Analysis: Bowden suffered a hamstring strain during Thursday's practice and will not play in the Dolphins' second preseason game. An MRI revealed that the hamstring wasn't full torn, but the injury could still keep him out for an extended time. With Miami signing Will Fuller and drafting Jaylen Waddle this offseason, Bowden's stocked slipped significantly, and he may now be in jeopardy of missing the final roster.

Aug 21, 2021 7:10 PM EST

Nursing hamstring strain

Bowden suffered a hamstring strain during Thursday's practice, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Bowden underwent an MRI to diagnose the full severity of his injury, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, but the tests did not reveal a full tear. While that's good news for Bowden's recovery timetable, it puts the Dolphins in position to make a difficult roster decision. The second-year pro boasts versatility and elusiveness, but there aren't enough depth spots to go around at wide receiver, and hamstring injuries can be tricky to fully shake.

Aug 20, 2021 8:37 AM EST

Limps off Thursday

Bowden suffered an apparent leg injury at Thursday's practice, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Bowden was holding his right leg or hamstring as he limped off the practice field. Though Bowden was solid when called upon for limited action last season, he now finds himself fighting for a roster spot in Miami's deep receiving corps. If Bowden ends up missing preseason action, with Saturday's exhibition matchup against Atlanta right around the corner, it could harm his chances of securing a depth role.

Aug 19, 2021 12:10 PM EST

Roster spot not guaranteed

Bowden is competing for a spot on Miami's regular-season roster, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Bowden flashed in limited opportunities as a rookie, when he secured 28 of 37 targets for 221 yards across 10 contests. The 2020 third-round pick also logged nine carries for 32 yards. Despite the versatility and elusiveness Bowden has already demonstrated at the NFL level, Miami's newly revamped wide receiver corps has enough depth that there may not be enough roster spots to go around. In addition to new starters Will Fuller (suspension) and Jaylen Waddle, Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns have both returned after opting out due to COVID-19 last season, while the likes of Jakeem Grant, Preston Williams (foot), Isaiah Ford and Robert Foster could all also be in the mix for limited depth roles.

Aug 9, 2021 10:17 AM EST

Career-high targets in finale

Bowden secured eight of 12 targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 56-26 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Bowden also lost seven yards on his only carry. The rookie third-round pick wasn't tremendously effective upon being thrust into a key offensive role with Jakeem Grant (ankle) sidelined, but it's at least been encouraging to see the Dolphins' coaching staff trust him with such important duties down the stretch. Through 10 appearances in 2020, Bowden caught 28 of 37 targets for 211 yards while also logging nine carries for 32 yards. After having flashed versatility and upside as a rookie, Bowden will look to take a step forward in his development for 2021.

Jan 4, 2021 10:30 AM EST

Just two catches in narrow win

Bowden secured two of three targets for eight yards during Saturday's 26-25 win over the raiders. He also carried the ball once for eight yards.

Analysis: Bowden worked behind all of Jakeem Grant, Mack Hollins and Isaiah Ford in Miami's wide receiver corps Saturday, even with DeVante Parker (hamstring) sidelined. The rookie third-round pick has flashed real pass catching ability, but he's not yet involved on offense with enough consistency to warrant fantasy consideration outside of deep formats.

Dec 27, 2020 11:39 AM EST

Six catches as de facto No. 1 WR

Bowden secured six of seven targets for 37 yards during Sunday's 22-12 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Bowden led the team in targets with DeVante Parker (hamstring), Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) all sidelined Sunday, and he managed fair fantasy production in PPR formats despite being limited to mediocre yardage. Depending on the health of Miami's receiving corps when Dec. 26's game against the Raiders rolls around, the rookie third-round pick could play another notable role on offense.

Dec 20, 2020 1:44 PM EST

Opportunity knocks Sunday

Bowden is in line to see added Week 15 opportunities with DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) both inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Tight end Mike Gesicki (shoulder) is also out, so the Dolphins will need to turn to the likes of Bowden, Mack Hollins, Isaiah Ford to help out in the team's Week 15 passing game. Last weekend against Kansas City, Bowden logged a career-high seven catches (on nine targets) for 82 yards, and he figures to be busy again Sunday.

Dec 20, 2020 8:58 AM EST

Leading receiver in Week 14 loss

Bowden caught seven of nine targets for 82 yards in Sunday's 33-27 loss to Kansas City. He also had a two-yard run and an incomplete pass.

Analysis: Bowden led the Dolphins in catches and receiving yards while tying Mack Hollins for the team lead in targets, as fellow pass-catcher Devante Parker (leg), Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (leg) all left the game with injuries. The Dolphins' passing attack didn't skip a beat despite those injuries, even though the team's comeback bid ultimately came up six points short. Given Bowden's instant chemistry with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in this one, he should remain a major part of Miami's game plan in Week 15 against the Eagles. Bowden also got the ball on a pair of trick plays, throwing an incomplete pass on one and opting to tuck it and run for a short gain after the Chiefs took away the passing option on the other.

Dec 13, 2020 3:26 PM EST

Efficient in expanded opportunity

Bowden rushed once for 11 yards and secured all four targets for 41 yards in the Dolphins' 19-7 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: Bowden hadn't seen an offensive touch since Week 5 against the 49ers, but with all of Matt Breida (reserve/COVID-19), DeAndre Washington (hamstring) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) out of action Sunday, the rookie saw his most extensive opportunity of the season and made good use of it. Bowden was still much busier as a receiver than runner, but his catch tally tied for second on the team behind Mike Gesicki's nine. It remains to be seen what the health landscape for the Dolphins backfield will look like in a Week 14 matchup against the Chiefs, but given his solid effort Sunday, the versatile Bowden may still have a role even if some of his injured teammates return.

Dec 6, 2020 2:52 PM EST

Remains inactive Week 11

Bowden (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 11 game against the Broncos.

Analysis: The rookie will remain out of game action, with Matt Breida's return from a hamstring injury further lowering his chances of garnering active status. Bowden's next chance to see game action will come in a Week 12 matchup against the division-rival Jets.

Nov 22, 2020 11:47 AM EST

Not playing Sunday

Bowden (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: The 23-year-old was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday but won't be suiting up for Sunday's contest, even with running backs Matt Breida (hamstring) and Jordan Howard (coach's decision) inactive. Bowden has appeared in four games this season and has only five touches for eight yards.

Nov 15, 2020 11:53 AM EST

Activated from COVID-19 list

Bowden was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: The third-round rookie has endured a quiet debut campaign, after racking up more than 1,800 scrimmage yards last year during his final season at Kentucky. Prior to landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list Nov. 6, Bowden had compiled just five total offensive touches for an ouptut of eight scrimmage yards. The 23-year-old figures to slot into a niche role within Miami's offense once able to return to game action, and opportunities within the receiving corps may become available with Preston Williams (foot) moving to IR on Monday.

Nov 12, 2020 3:13 PM EST

Thursday return imminent

Bowden is expected to come off the COVID-19 list and resume practicing Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Bowden missed last week's game while on the COVID list and was a healthy scratch the week before. He's expected to return to the practice field along with multiple assistant coaches Thursday. The third-round pick has appeared in just four games this season, totaling 23 offensive snaps.

Nov 12, 2020 6:31 AM EST

Lands on COVID-19 list

The Dolphins placed Bowden on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Travis Wingfield of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Bowden has either tested positive for the virus or come into close contact with an infected person, and he won't play Sunday against the Cardinals. The rookie third-rounder will need to clear the necessary protocols before returning to team activities. He could have an increased role upon return because the Dolphins traded away Isaiah Ford on Tuesday and Myles Gaskin (knee) is on IR.

Nov 6, 2020 4:06 PM EST

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