Alabama football fans in Miami should be happy
After playing for Alabama football, Jaylen Waddle was seen as one of the best prospects in his draft class. He had explosiveness as a receiver, and his speed set him apart from other prospects. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, and his rookie season was elite. He set the rookie record for receptions thanks to his connection with Tua Tagovailoa.
The Dolphins hired Mike McDaniel as the new head coach. McDaniel was the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, and he is viewed as one of the best young minds in the NFL. McDaniel is charged with fixing all of Miami’s flaws, but his hiring will be specifically good for Waddle.
Waddle is easily the best skill player in Miami, and McDaniel has a history of getting the most out of his best players. Specifically, the 49ers have boosted the production of Deebo Samuel.
Samuel is an elite receiver, but he is the best when he has open space. That is why the 49ers broke the mold of a traditional receiver and put Samuel in the backfield. He was elite as a running back, but his versatility elevated the offense.
This is why the hiring is great news for Jaylen Waddle. The offense had a low ceiling last year, and a new scheme can maximize the production from their best players.
Waddle had some reps in the backfield last year, but his true potential wasn’t seen because of the scheme. Waddle should see more traditional runs in the backfield and a deeper route tree.
Waddle will also see development as a traditional receiver. McDaniel will bring balance to the offense, but Waddle will be used in every facet.
If the Dolphins live up to the hype, two Alabama football stars will see the NFL Playoffs soon. Both Tua and Waddle have a great opportunity, and the hiring of Mike McDaniel is a great sign for their future.