Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 7:39pm
The team released Legedu Naanee to make room for Gaffney.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 12:36pm
The Dolphins hoped that one or two of their backup receivers would have emerged by now, but offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said that still has not happened.
On Sunday, Anthony Armstrong received the most receiver snaps (26) after Hartline (77) and Bess (76). But Armstrong caught only two of the six passes thrown to him, for 9 yards, and failed to latch onto a catchable ball on a third-down play in the fourth quarter.
Legedu Naanee played 18 snaps and wasn’t thrown a pass.
“I would like us to get Naanee in position to get some balls,” Sherman said.
Hartline is a fantasy WR4 and should be owned in most formats. Bess has more value in PPR leagues than he does in standard formats.
This was likely caused by Johnson's arrest for domestic violence on Saturday night. He allegedly head-butted his wife during an argument. Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, Legedu Naanee and Clyde Gates now sit atop the Dolphins WR depth chart with Matt Moore likely throwing the passes. Not a fantasy situation to get excited about outside of possibly Devone Bess as a late round flier who should put up consistently stomachable numbers.
Monday, August 6, 2012, 1:23pm
Monday, July 23, 2012, 9:27am
For the Dolphins, the most interesting position other than quarterback has to be receiver. Brian Hartline and Davone Bess are safe; Chad Ochocinco is still too gifted physically not to make it unless he struggles grasping the offense.
Joe Philbin really likes Legedu Naanee, who's in the top four now but can't allow the young guys to badly outplay him in preseason.
"I'm excited about our wide receivers," offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. "I know it's an unknown group."
If Ochocinco and Naanee stick, that leaves one or two spots for Roberto Wallace (most impressive of the unproven ones), Marlon Moore (good speed but some exasperating drops), Clyde Gates (still thinking too much), Julius Pruitt (three touchdowns in one June practice), and long shots Chris Hogan (the second-year kid from Monmouth who was decent in May/June work), B.J. Cunningham (too many drops), Rishard Matthews (will get a look on returns) and Jeff Fuller (practice squad potential).
Ochocinco joins a Miami offense attempting to fill the void left by Pro Bowl wideout Brandon Marshall, who was traded to the Chicago Bears in March. Other receivers on the roster include Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Legedu Naanee.
Ochocinco, 34, was released by the New England Patriots last Thursday. He had just 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown in his lone season with the team.
Miami is an ideal landing spot for Ochocinco, given that Brian Hartline and Davone Bess are currently the top two wideouts on the Dolphins roster. By all accounts, Ochocinco was simply a bad system fit in New England. The Patriots expect their WRs to run precise routes and Ochocinco is known to be... well, not so precise. He's more of a freelancer on the field.
Ochocinco is 34 and has only one 1000 yard receiving season since 2007. While he is in a good position to grab a starting job in Miami, it remains to be seen how much gas he has left in the tank. With some combination of rookie Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore and David Garrard throwing him passes, a return to fantasy relevance seems unlikely.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 12:31pm
The best thing about the Dolphins' brewing battle at WR is these coaches have no ties to anyone on the roster, and that includes incumbent starters Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, who will be forced to earn their starting spots.
The Miami WR competition is wide open. Bess and Hartline are the incumbents, but that doesn't matter much to the new coaching staff. The team signed Legedu Naanee, who was productive in 2011 for the Panthers, and he could surprise. Curiously, the team waited until the 6th round to draft a WR (B.J. Cunningham).
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 10:06am
Naanee had a successful tryout Monday with the Dolphins.
Naanee caught 44 passes for 467 yards and one touchdown last season for the Panthers.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011, 12:47pm
WR Brandon LaFell's early performance even has made some wonder whether he should be starting in front of Legedu Naanee, who the Panthers brought in six weeks ago when they weren't impressed with any of the receivers on hand except for Smith. LaFell had a sluggish start to camp as he struggled while trying to learn the new playbook.
Said Rivera on Aug. 6th when the team signed Naanee: "Probably the biggest thing is we've had nobody step up other than Steve. We've got to find guys that are going to step up."
LaFell said that signing - and that quote - motivated him.
"Yeah, of course I took it personally," LaFell said. "It was a week into camp. ... We hadn't really gotten a chance to figure out the offense. But it's a business. (Naanee) was their guy in San Diego, he knows all the routes. He's playing well. I can't get mad. Just when I get my chance, I need to make plays."
When reminded of that quote Wednesday, Rivera said of LaFell: "Maybe we were a little impatient, to be honest. Maybe we wanted too much right away."
Rivera said he's happy with how Naanee has played - although he has three catches compared to LaFell's eight - and will keep him as the starter for now.
Monday, August 22, 2011, 5:48pm
Wide receiver Steve Smith said today that he will be in the lineup Thursday when the Panthers play their third preseason game at Cincinnati, his first action of the preseason that was interrupted by a hand injury two weeks ago.
Smith said the stitches were removed from his left hand last weekend and he will wear a small pad under his glove to protect the injured area.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 8:38pm
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