Monday, April 16, 2012

Dolphins host wide receiver Legedu Naanee

Since trading former Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a pair of third-round picks on March 13, the Miami Dolphins, to the dismay of fans, have not made a single roster move at the position.

However, the team did announce Monday that free agent wide receiver Legedu Naanee visited the team facilities today.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Naanee arrived at Boise State a quarterback but later switched to receiver. He impressed in pre-draft workouts, running a 4.41 forty, 4.20-second 20-yard shuttle and a 40-inch vertical leap.

A five-year pro, Naanee spent four seasons with the San Diego Chargers after being selected in the fifth round out of in 2007. He signed a one-year deal with the Panthers last April, Naanee started a career-high 10 games in 15 appearances, catching 44 passes for 467 yards and a touchdown.

Despite his career-high production in 2011, Naanee holds the "honor" of being the worst overall wide receiver according to Pro Football Focus' ratings last season. His catch percentage was a sub-par 59.5 percent and he also committed the third-most penalties of any receiver in the NFL.

Naanee didn't fare much better earlier in his career in San Diego, as he never surpassed 371 yards receiving in a season or two touchdowns in a season. He did show a bit of promise as a deep threat in 2010, however, averaging 16.1 yards per catch.

Needless to say, Naanee is not an obvious starter candidate in Miami after a disastrous 2011 campaign in Carolina. The 28-year-old has flashed potential at times but may very well not be a starting talent in this league, and his opportunities are going to run out soon at his current pace.

In Miami, Naanee would almost certainly come on a cheap, one-year deal with no guaranteed starting or even roster spot. He would, however, provide solid competition with Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Clyde Gates, and any potential receivers added by the Dolphins in the draft.

While Ryan Tannehill and a handful of pass rushers are the popular mock picks to the Dolphins at No. 8, a receiver like Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd should not be ruled out entirely either. The Dolphins could also look for someone like Iowa's Marvin McNutt, who has a history with new receivers coach Ken O'Keefe, in the middle rounds of the draft.

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