The Dolphins made some huge shockwaves this off-season when they traded two 2nd round picks for star wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
The Dolphins were expected to have a reputable offense this year, but were looking for the missing link that could give Chad Henne the aerial connection that he could go to when in need.
The Dolphins front office more than fulfilled Henne’s wishes, and brought in one of the NFL’s best wide receivers. But Marshall is not the only wide receiver on the team, as their are four other players competing for time this season.
Brandon Marshall: Marshall will instantly provide young Chad Henne with the deep, and red-zone threat that he was looking for last year. Marshall will also draw double teams as well, which will sometimes take the extra man out of the box, thus giving our running backs more room to run. Marshall is expected to all out strengthen our offense, and the Fins may finally have the prolific offense that they have been lacking since the late 80’s.
Brian Hartline: Hartline is expected to win the open competition for the #2 receiver spot, after having a tremendous rookie year, and showing that he has some big play ability in him. Hartline will benefit from the double teams that Marshall will draw, and the production of the run game, but will need to do better in single coverage, than he did last year.
Davone Bess: Bess is the true slot guy on the Fins roster, and showed the quickness and the hands last year to get the job done over the middle of the field. Bess may have a little stature, but he plays bigger than he is, and does nto shy away from contact. Bess is the glue that will cause opposing defensive coordinators to stay up late at night. He can line up anywhere on the field, and do anything you ask him to. He is simply a do-it-all type of player.
Greg Camarillo: Oddly enough, Camarillo, who caught every pass that was catchable, and touched his hands, is the fourth man on the depth chart. Camarillo will be looking at a limited role this season, after the addition of Marshall, but he still will play a big part in the offense, as he too, can cause disruption in the slot, as again, he catches everything. Camarillo could end up being off the team if the Fins are looking for trade bait, but he would not garner much. Cam will be back with the team in 2010, and will be looking to find his new niche on the team in anyway possible.
Patrick Turner: Turner, who sat out all of his rookie season, due to being on the bottom of the depth chart, is fighting a back injury, that will slow his progress for the upcoming season. Turner is a big physical, imposing receiver, who will be a red-zone target if he can crack the roster. Turner has been rumored to be making strides as far as his training, and intangibles, but he still needs to translate that to the field. He will be the odd man out, and will fight for all the playing time he can get.
The Dolphins receiving staff has all of the pieces that it needs to be one of the best in the Dolphins history. Henne’s progression will benefit from the addition of Marshall, as will the rest of the offense.