After looking forward to the free agency period for weeks, Miami Dolphins fans were lost in the desert of “who the **** is that guy” signings, longing for a reprieve of excitement. Thursday afternoon, the Dolphin front office offered up a Six Flags Whitewater helping of hydration to quench the thirst with the signing of former Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller to a one-year deal.
The signing comes on the heels of Curtis Samuel joining the Washington Football Team, Marvin Jones signing with Jacksonville, Corey Davis joining the Jets, and a cavalcade of others getting franchise tagged or signing smaller deals. This led to Dolphins fans treating Twitter like their own personal break room as they awaited a weapon added for second-year quarterback Too Tagovailoa.
Fuller is fresh off a career year with Houston, amassing 53 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in just 11 games. It was set to be his first full season in the NFL until he tested positive for PEDs and was suspended the final five games of the year, with the final sixth suspended game coming in Week 1 of 2021. His 86.2 PFF grade was good for ninth among receivers in the NFL in 2020. In five seasons with the Texans, he caught 209 of his 333 targets, gaining 3110 yards and 24 touchdowns in 53 games.
The Notre Dame product wis an elite downfield threat every time he is on the field. Before being suspended, he had 314 yards, four touchdowns, and zero drops on balls thrown at least 20+ yards down the field, good for fifth, third, and first in the NFL in that time. Since 2018, Fuller is tied with Tyreek Hill for second in the NFL behind Amari Cooper with 17.3 receiving yards per target, per PFF.
The Fuller signing is the third addition to the Miami skill player roster this week, joining former Los Angeles Ram running back Malcolm Brown and former Buffalo Bills receiver Robert Foster. This now gives Tagovailoa a list of pass-catchers that includes DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki, Preston Williams, Lynn Bowden, Albert Wilson, Adam Shaheen, and Fuller among others. The Dolphins also own the third, 18th, 36th, and 50th picks in a draft that is widely viewed as deep in regards to receivers and running backs. Adding, say, LSU’s Jamarr Chase and Alabama’s Najee Harris could be just what the
Dolphins Twitter doctor ordered for the offense to match the explosiveness of the defense in 2021.