The Dolphins Friday completed a trade that shipped away receiver Ted Ginn Jr. At first, my initial reaction was that of joy. Throughout his career as a Fin, Ginn has done nothing but drop balls on the offensive end, fear contact, and run to the sidelines on kickoffs and offense because of this fear. You would think that this fear would cause one to run to the endzone, but no, this fear had a negative effect on Teddy, and was the chief reason for him getting the boot all the way to San Francisco.
The Dolphins got a 5th round pick out of this deal, which, in comparison is just as good as the Steelers got for their troubled star receiver, Santonio Holmes.
Looking at the situation, and who the player is, the Dolphins were very lucky to get a 5th round pick for Ginn, who in my mind, no team should want, based on the number of drops that he has had over the course of his career.
This is the NFL, and the name of the game these days for a receiver is to catch the ball, and then amass yards after the catch. Ginn does neither of those things, so it would make the decision for me to trade for him, very difficult if I did not already have an established #1 receiver on the team.
What Ginn does for a team, and this is where he could find his niche in the league, is complementing those #1 receivers with his speed.
Yes, he does have problems with catching the ball, but he also possesses some of the fastest legs in the league, and those legs were the only two things that burned Darrelle Revis last year.
Believe what I just said for a minute. Ted Ginn, a woe some receiver, burnt the best cornerback in the league?
This was one of the few highlights of the season for Ginn. But again, I stress that Ginn is simply not a #1 receiver, he is one of the guys that complements them.
The past couple of years the Dolphins have been trying to force the most out of Ginn’s abilities, and it just did not pan out for them. They tried to make Ginn into a #1 receiver that changed games on a regular basis, but in the end, it just was not to be.
But now that the Dolphins have a #1 receiver in Brandon Marshall, why did the Fins not attempt at giving Ginn one last shot? His trade value could not have fallen any steeper than it already was, why not see what Ginn could muster over the course of a season with a legitimate #1 receiver to draw away the double teams from him?
We saw last year that getting open was not the problem with Ginn, it was simply catching the ball. He put in the effort on the field, he simply just does not possess the capability to be a receiving threat that would keep the defensive coordinator up at night.
But this year could have been different for Ginn. Now that Marshall has arrived in Miami, most of the pressure would have been off of Ginn’s back, and he would have been free to line up on the line of scrimmage, and try and get open against not the opposing teams #1 cornerback, but their #2, #3, or even #4 corners on the depth chart. This is where Ginn could have been the most effective, and the potential that he had in this role could and should have been enough to keep him on the roster for at least one more year.
One of our six wide receiver had to go with the incoming of Marshall, it just so happened that it was Ginn.
He had the odds against him. The Miami fans hated him from the start. He performed miserably all throughout his career, with a couple highlights thrown in. So the reality of the matter is that he may have become the receiver that I think he could become, the perfect compliment to a #1 receiver, but the way things were going for him in Miami, that production was not going to happen as a member of the Dolphins.
I think it was enough though, to grant Ginn one last shot at gaining back his respect in Miami. But in the end, despite the upside that Ginn had as a #2 receiver, the Trifecta sent him away to the 49ers.
We will never know what Ginn could have provided us with in this new role, but if we wait a year or two, and watch for his name in San Fran, we may find out what could have been, with Ginn and Michael Crabtree joining forces, to what should be an interesting duo.
We wish the best of luck to Ted on his new team, we just wish he could have spent one more year with his old one.