Watching the Dolphins offense this season will likely be the opposite of fun.
Matt Moore was impressive last year, throwing far more touchdown passes (16) than interceptions (9). And if he can finally stay healthy for a full season, Reggie Bush showed signs of an impending explosion.
The problem? When there’s little need to respect the Dolphins receivers, there’s also little need to respect Moore’s arm, so the focus of opposing defenses will lie squarely on Bush’s legs. The Dolphins did little to replace Brandon Marshall, and while Brian Hartline, Devone Bess, and Legedu Naanee have shown promise in the past, in any other offense they’d merely be role players, and secondary support.
That’s why Plaxico Burress makes sense for the Dolphins, and it’s also why it doesn’t make sense that the Dolphins aren’t interested.
Burress is interested. In fact, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes, he’s very interested, and the veteran free agent would love to work out for a team with a glaring need at his position.
Miami has shown no interest in the likes of Burress, Roy Williams and Braylon Edwards. Ireland said he “could be done” at receiver, but isn’t certain. If the rookies don’t develop this summer, Ireland might add a veteran.
Call Burress old if you must, because he is old. He’s 34, but for what it’s worth after missing a season he still has the body of a 33-year-old, and in a limited role last year with the Jets in which he was primarily used as a red-zone target he caught eight touchdown passes.
There was nothing overly impressive about Burress last year. But there’s still a body of work and a history to fall back on, which is far more than any of the other Dolphins wide receivers have. He’d be dirt cheap, and his bust potential as a signing is mitigated by his size, something Chad Ochocinco, another fading veteran receiver, doesn’t have in New England.
If the losses begin to mount and the Ryan Tannehill experiment starts early, Plax’s lengthy wingspan can still absorb wayward balls, and help a mentally fragile rookie build confidence.
Unfortunately for Miami, this could make too much sense.
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