☆Fourth in a series
The Miami Dolphins had five openings and only three men to fill their wide receiver room when training camp opened.
The Dolphins knew that barring bizarre circumstances they would have DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry in that talented room. And they had eight other players contending for the final two vacancies.
And, as with everything in life, the story of this group coming together had ebbs and flows.
Early in the offseason Arkansas rookie Drew Morgan looked very impressive. Of course, the pads hadn’t come on yet.
Early in training camp, Jakeem Grant, on the team last year, didn’t look impressive because he was dropping or double-catching about 25 percent of the passes thrown to him.
After a nice start to camp and an eye-opening preseason opener against Atlanta, Leonte Carroo kind of faded because he suffered a strained hamstring that sidelined him for over a week.
Damore’ea Stringfellow impressed with a smooth 99-yard catch and run TD against the Falcons. And University of Miami Rashawn Scott (foot) and Malcolm Lewis (concussion) left some folks disappointed because they were injured part or all of training camp, limiting them or, for Scott, preventing them from competing.
Lots of moving parts over time.
But as the Dolphins get one snapshot in time to pick their five receivers — that coming over the next five days — coaches and personnel people have to account for all those things. And they have to account for other factors as well.