So far so good for Dolphins rookie wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who impressed his coaches and fellow teammates over the weekend at a mini-camp according to Mondays Miami Herald. Ginn, who many thought was drafted way too high with the number nine pick, played the role of kick returner and wide receiver in the five weekend practices. The paper says Ginn is about 90 percent healthy after spraining his foot in the Ohio State Buckeyes National Title game flop to Florida in January.
Ginn was impressive over the weekend, as he showed his number one trait for being drafted in the number nine spot – speed. As both a kick returner and wide out, Ginn showed off that speed and looked worthy of his high selection in the draft. New Dolphins coach Cam Cameron, who has taken lots of slack for taking Ginn as high as the team did, stated “He was everything I thought he was and then some,” to the Herald.
One thing that Ginn will have to work on to be a complete NFL receiver is his route running and technique according to Cameron. “We’re putting him on the line of scrimmage where he can’t move,” the coach said. “The worst thing we can do for him is to start moving him around and doing all the stuff where he can get free access.” Cameron went so far to compare his new receiver to former Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard. “There are some legit comparisons.”
Ginn was for sure too high of a pick at number nine, but Cameron knew that the Dolphins needed to upgrade the receiver spot, and the team evidently felt that taking QB Brady Quinn at that spot was too high, as they knew eventually Trent Green would be with the team and they still got what they think will be the QB of the future in John Beck. As for Ginn, a solid rookie season of 50-65 catches with a few TD’s and highlight reel kick return or two would end the critics slamming of Cameron and the team for taking him as high as they did.