Tyreek Hill introduced a high precedence for Dolphins playmakers in easy, whimsical phrases this summer time: Get “drunk off YAC.”
The Dolphins, by 4 video games, are doing exactly that.
A yr after ending twenty fifth in yards after catch, the Dolphins have risen to second. Only Cincinnati (552) has extra yards after catch than the Dolphins, who’ve 506 in 4 video games.
Hill leads the league in YAC yards at 177, on 5.7 per catch. Jaylen Waddle is third with 155 yards, after Philadelphia’s A.J. Brown.
What’s extra, Waddle’s 7.4 YAC common is third within the NFL behind solely Baltimore’s Rashod Batemon and San Francisco’s Deebo Samuel.
Last season, Waddle was sixtieth in YAC per reception at 4.6, and never a single Dolphins participant ranked within the high 50 within the league in YAC.
Waddle made it a precedence to enhance in that space, and the bounce has been important.
“We talk about that all the time in our meeting rooms as a wideout; if you want to be good, just get the catch, but the great ones, they get drunk off the YAC,” Hill stated throughout the summer time.
And the improved YAC extends past Hill and Waddle.
Running again Chase Edmonds’ capability to create yards after the catch — and after contact — has resulted in two large performs this season: a key first down late within the Patriots recreation and a landing within the Bengals recreation, when he broke a sort out to attain from 7 yards out.
Last season, Edmonds was seventeenth amongst all NFL backs and receivers in common receiving yards after contact. And he was twentieth amongst all operating backs in yards per reception at 7.2.
This season, he’s 14th in common receiving yards after the catch amongst operating backs (minimal eight receptions).
“My first running back coach my rookie year, he always told me in this league you are going to have to find out your role, and once you find out your role, you’re going to have to excel at it and really put it on display,” Edmonds stated. “That’s what keeps you in the NFL. And you find out your weaknesses, and you’ve got to protect those.
“I find out that in my role in the NFL, I found in Year 2, that one thing I could excel at, exceptionally above other running backs, was my ability outside the backfield. That’s something I really took to heart and really tried to home in on and felt if I wanted to be in the NFL, which I want to be for 10 plus years, it’s always good to be the quarterback’s best friend.
“That’s something that I feel like is kind of my niche. I feel like I can separate myself around other running backs in the NFL, just with my ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.”
Though Edmonds dropped a possible landing cross towards Cincinnati, his capability to get open out of the backfield — and elusiveness when he catches the ball — are main property.
“That’s something every team looks for, every team needs,” he stated. “That’s something that could keep me employed.”
The Dolphins stay short-handed at cornerback.
Xavien Howard (two groin muscle accidents) and Keion Crossen (glute) once more missed apply on Thursday, leaving Miami with simply 4 wholesome cornerbacks: Kader Kohou, Nik Neeham, Elijah Campbell and Noah Igbonighene.
And this raised eyebrows: Hill was restricted with a quadriceps damage that surfaced this week. If a participant receives remedy for any physique half, he have to be positioned on the damage report.
Besides Howard and Crossen, 4 others missed apply: Tua Tagovailoa and Cethan Carter (concussion protocol), Robert Jones (again) and Terron Armstead (toe).
In addition to Hill being restricted Thursday, Waddle (groin), Zach Sieler (hand), Salvon Ahmed (again) and Brandon Jones (chest) have been restricted.
Cut by the Philadelphia Eagles a month in the past, quarterback Reid Sinnett had begun exploring a life after soccer. He was employed to do shade commentary on alma mater San Diego University’s soccer recreation final Saturday towards Stetson, began a podcast and arrange plans to shadow the Toreros’ athletic director “to see if that’s something I was interested in.”
But then the Dolphins known as. His former crew wanted a quarterback for depth functions, after dropping starter Tua Tagovailoa for an indefinite interval with a concussion.
The Dolphins put Sinnett, former Cowboy Ben DiNucci and NFL journeyman Jake Fromm in the identical resort, drove them to the crew facility and had them concurrently throw passes on their apply area.
Miami selected Sinnett from that bunch, and he’s again the place he spent components of the 2020 and 201 season — on Miami’s apply squad, though underneath vastly completely different circumstances.
“It’s unique,” he stated. “It’s a system I haven’t been in. It’s exciting to get to learn a new lingo, new coaches. It’s great coming back and seeing a lot of guys I considered close friends, and get to hang out with Tua again. I’m happy to be here.”
He stated when he went into the lunch room, Mike Gesicki “yelled out” to injured tight finish Adam Shaheen: “Your favorite player is back!”
Sinnett stated: “I’ll take that. It was great to see Adam especially.”
He briefly talked about motion pictures with normal supervisor Chris Grier, a subject they’ve mentioned prior to now. (Sinnett famous Grier has been busy with the Dolphins and hasn’t been capable of see something lately.)
And he started studying a brand new offense.
If the Dolphins maintain solely two quarterbacks on the lively roster towards the Jets — starter Teddy Bridgewater and Skylar Thompson — and each are injured throughout the recreation, Sinnett couldn’t play until the Dolphins elevate him from the apply squad by 4 p.m Saturday.
Sinnett, who has by no means appeared in an NFL regular-season recreation, spent components of the previous two seasons on the Dolphins’ apply squad — and a number of other weeks on their 53-man roster — earlier than being launched final Oct. 23.
The Eagles instantly claimed him off waivers and he spent the 2022 offseason and preseason with the Eagles. Philadelphia launched Sinnett on Aug. 30, signed him to their apply squad on Aug. 31 and launched him Sept. 7.
“I felt a little bit of the business side this year,” Sinnett stated. “I felt last year I took a step forward in my career. It’s a chance to do some reflection. I had four weeks of sitting on the couch and trying to feel out what I wanted to do with my life. I don’t think my NFL career is over. If I keep getting better, I think opportunities will be there.”
Sinnett by no means known as the sport towards Stetson, which was canceled due to Hurricane Ian.
How is he a distinct participant from the one who was right here beforehand?
“I’m leaner and a little more athletic,” he stated.
This story was initially printed October 6, 2022 4:19 PM.
Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and has written the Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.