Dolphins’ Jaylen Waddell on verge of rookie record; Malcolm Brown’s season on IR ends – The Mercury News

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is on the verge of an NFL rookie reception record.

With one game remaining, he has 99 receptions. He is two and three away from breaking the 101 mark set by Ankan Boldin, a Pahokey and Florida State alum, in 2003 with the Arizona Cardinals.

However, the record isn’t at the forefront of Waddle’s mind in Sunday’s season finale and the 4:25 p.m. kickoff against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium.

“I’m not really focused on the record or anything,” Waddle said. “I’m just focused on doing my job and helping me win.”

Miami enters Week 18, ending after a 34-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. Regardless, Dolphins coach Brian Flores said at the start of Sunday’s game he would not try to set Weddle the record, but rather, let the game dictate it.

“The focus will be trying to move the ball against a good defense,” Flores said. “Whatever that is. If it’s Jaylen, it’s Jaylen. If it’s [tight end] Mike Gasicki, this is Mike Gasicki. If we’re driving it, we’re driving it. Run, Play Action, Screen. It’s really about moving it effectively and efficiently against a really good defense. ,

With a rookie record and a 100-catch first NFL season, Waddle could also pass 1,000 receiving yards with 12 more. He has 988. Waddell already holds Miami’s rookie reception record, and only Jarvis Landry has had more in one season in franchise history, doing it twice in 2017 (112) and 2015 (110).

“Jailen has done a good job,” Flores said. “He’s getting better every day. He works hard. It’s important to him. He’s tried to learn more about positions, know more about defense, learn more about matchups and every week really I have gotten better.”

Waddle chased the record last week in the first season of the NFL’s 17-game regular-season schedule, but he also missed a game due to COVID-19 protocols, so Sunday will be his 16th game. Boldin played 16 games when he set the record in 2003, but he had even more yards (1,377).

Brown IR. living on

Flores said Wednesday that the Dolphins will remain on injured reserve through the final against running back Malcolm Brown Patriots, ending his season.

Brown finished the year with 33 carries for 125 yards and one touchdown in seven games, three starts. He added three receptions for 10 yards.

Brown began the season as one of three back splitting reps alongside Miles Gaskin and Salvone Ahmed. Veteran backs Duke Johnson and Philip Lindsay were added to the mix after Brown went down with a quadriceps injury after losing to the Atlanta Falcons in October 24, and Brown was never activated from the IR when he returned. had qualified. He had been practicing for the past three weeks.

Johnson, the Miami Hurricanes’ all-time leading Rush, joined the Dolphins’ practice squad in October, and his active roster signing has been Miami’s top Rush since December. Lindsay has also been in the mix with Gaskins since the exemption was claimed in November.

Brown was on a one-year, $1.75 million contract and would be an unrestricted free agent this off-season.

hunt’s house

While Robert Hunt has been a plus for the Dolphins’ offensive line at right guard and Jesse Davis has struggled right back, Flores said on Wednesday he didn’t consider moving Hunt right back to where he played in 2020. I played as a rookie.

“I think he’s got a house on the right guard,” Flores said. “He played well, so didn’t want to replace him or move him. I think he’s done some good things. I think he’s still a young player who keeps getting better every time he goes out. I think he’s improving on a weekly basis, becoming more comfortable with his communication and understanding how hard, physical, that situation is.

other notes

The Dolphins’ two remaining active-roster players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, cornerback Noah Ebinoghin and safety Sheldrick Redwine, were still not back for Wednesday’s practice.

Running back on injured reserve (knee), Patrick Laird returned to practice on December 8 for the first time since being placed in the IR.