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Miami Dolphins

Waddle, Hill terrorizing NFL secondaries

Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are quite a combo. It’s unusually for a team to have two wide receivers putting up those kind of numbers at the same time.

They’re just the fourth pair of receivers to go over 3,000 yards, and they did it efficiently. Both averaged over 10 yards per pass play (not yards per catch, but also factoring in incompletions). They shredded defenses.

In the 32-team era, only 55 wide receivers have had at least 100 targets and averaged over 10 yards per target. It’s hard to do. Miami is one of just three teams to do it with two receivers in the same season. (The other two such teams both had Hall of Fame quarterbacks – Peyton Manning in 2004 and Aaron Rodgers in 2014.)

In the case of Waddle, he averaged 11.6 yards per target last year, 3rd-best by anyone in the last 20 years.

I’m not guaranteeing they’ll do this again. Defensive coordinators no doubt are considering their options, figuring out what the Dolphins are doing. And Miami has a quarterback who’s had problems staying healthy. If Tua Tagovailoa misses a big chunk of games, they’ll be down to Mike White (who had a couple of good games with the Jets but hasn’t actually played all that much).

Regardless, what those wide receivers did last year was very impressive.

2011Victor Cruz, NYG13182153618.7911.7
2021Deebo Samuel, S.F.12177140518.3611.6
2022Jaylen Waddle, Mia.11775135618.1811.6
2021JaMarr Chase, Cin.12881145518.01311.4
2017Tyreek Hill, K.C.10575118315.8711.3
2020Justin Jefferson, Min.12588140015.9711.2
2005Santana Moss, Was.13484148317.7911.1
2018Mike Evans, T.B.13886152417.7811.0
2019Chris Godwin, T.B.12186133315.5911.0
2008Steve Smith, Car.12978142118.2611.0
2021Tyler Lockett, Sea.10773117516.1811.0
2016Julio Jones, Atl.12983140917.0610.9
2008Vincent Jackson, S.D.10159109818.6710.9
2009Sidney Rice, Min.12183131215.8810.8
2011Steve Smith, Car.12979139417.7710.8
2009Vincent Jackson, S.D.10868116717.2910.8
2018Tyreek Hill, K.C.13787147917.01210.8
2004Ashley Lelie, Den.10154108420.1710.7
2011Marques Colston, N.O.10780114314.3810.7
2009Miles Austin, Dall.12481132016.31110.6
2011Calvin Johnson, Det.15896168117.51610.6
2018T.Y. Hilton, Ind.12076127016.7610.6
2013DeSean Jackson, Phil.12682133216.2910.6
2004• Brandon Stokley, Ind.10268107715.81010.6
2004• Reggie Wayne, Ind.11577121015.71210.5
2011Mike Wallace, Pitt.11472119316.6810.5
2005Steve Smith, Car.150103156315.21210.4
2015Doug Baldwin, Sea.10378106913.71410.4
2013Josh Gordon, Cle.15987164618.9910.4
2013Jordy Nelson, G.B.12785131415.5810.3
2022A.J. Brown, Phil.14588149617.01110.3
2018Brandin Cooks, LAR11780120415.1510.3
2017Marvin Jones, Det.10761110118.1910.3
2014T.Y. Hilton, Ind.13182134516.4710.3
2019Kenny Golladay, Det.11665119018.31110.3
2004Eddie Kennison, K.C.10662108617.5810.2
2005Eddie Kennison, K.C.10868110216.2510.2
2021Cooper Kupp, LAR191145194713.41610.2
2004Torry Holt, St.L.13594137214.61010.2
2020A.J. Brown, Ten.10670107515.41110.1
2014• Randall Cobb, G.B.12791128714.11210.1
2010Greg Jennings, G.B.12576126516.61210.1
2020DJ Moore, Car.11866119318.1410.1
2020DK Metcalf, Sea.12983130315.71010.1
2013Demaryius Thomas, Den.14292143015.51410.1
2014• Jordy Nelson, G.B.15198151915.51310.1
2022Tyreek Hill, Mia.170119171014.4710.1
2016DeSean Jackson, Was.10056100518.0410.1
2014Odell Beckham, NYG13091130514.31210.0
2009Marques Colston, N.O.10770107415.3910.0
2012Demaryius Thomas, Den.14394143415.31010.0
2016Brandin Cooks, N.O.11778117315.0810.0
2002Amani Toomer, NYG13482134316.4810.0
2012Dez Bryant, Dall.13892138215.01210.0
2012Lance Moore, N.O.10465104116.0610.0

—Ian Allan

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