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Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Galant, Oct 6, 2021.
If he gets injured....
The way he can cut without losing speed, then somehow accelerate to an entire new level...he's truly special. I don't think we'll miss Grant at all in that regard. Mighty Mouse was my favorite Dolphin for several years but this is the right move.
For what we gave up for him, you better find a way to utilize his skill set because it isn’t happening with this OL and QB
I guess....Let him field punts until he breaks his leg.
What is this "if he gets injured" crap? If he's good let him return it. You ever hear anybody complaining about Deion Sanders returning punts because he might get injured?
The guy is a top ten pick, we need to utilize his skills anywhere we can to help us win.
If you're afraid he might get injured why don't we just sit him on the bench. If he's our best returner, then he should be returning. You ever hear anybody complaining about Deion Sanders or Tyrik Hill returning punts and kicks because of the fear of injury? Of course not!
I hope we didnt use the sixth pick on the Ginn family again
Point taken, my comment was more out of frustration than anything else. I feel like we're snake bitten at times as Dolphin fans. Waddle certainly needs to earn his draft status any way possible. Landry returned punts for us too during his rookie season if I'm not mistaken. I don't have a problem with this when it comes down to it. We need something, anything to give us a shot in the arm and get us going. Right now, in my opinion, Waddle is our best offensive player and carries the most upside towards impacting a game.
It's not totally unjustified to worry about injuries during kickoffs. The entire reason the NFL for the last decade has been changing kickoff rules is precisely because the kickoff is the single most dangerous play in football. Their main concern is concussions.
In 2011 the NFL changed kickoff rules so that the kickoff started at the 35 yard line instead of the 30. They also implemented the rule that no player other than the kicker be lined up more than 5 yards behind the restraining line, eliminating the 15-20 yard running head start. They even went further and increased the list of "defenseless" players during kickoff. The result? The number of concussions during kickoffs dropped by 40% in 2011.
That still wasn't good enough for the NFL. A study found that during the 2015-2017 seasons kickoffs represented only 6% of plays but 12% of concussions. So in 2018 they changed the rules again. This time you can't be more than 1 yard behind the restraining line, which further reduces the speed of collisions. Wedge blocks are also no longer permitted. The results are still being analyzed, but there's been talk of eliminating the kickoff altogether if these rule changes don't work. Or they push kickoffs to the 40 yard line, which reduced concussions by 68% in Ivy League football.
Anyway, point is kickoffs are by far the most dangerous play in football so the worry is real.
We don't draft and play just to wrap them in bubble wrap. I want my playmakers to have the ball in their hands.
I do suspect we see something of a shared approach though, especially in games where we are clearly in the lead or behind.
Waddle is really the first player we've had since Landry who has the proper build and skill set to return punts, and he's a lot faster than Jarvis was. I think that he has a better build for it than Ginn too. I liked what he did vs the Bears in the Preseason, and hope to see more of it. That said, better to take the fair catch than risk turning the ball over or lose yardage. Better safe than sorry on PRs.
I'd rather just not return kickoffs at all, and take the touchback as much as possible. So let someone else go out and do that.