The Miami Dolphins offense is humming along and could get even more players added to the prolific attack with recent updates on running back Jeff Wilson Jr. and newly acquired wide receiver Chase Claypool.
Dolphins OC Frank Smith feels Chase Claypool has a complete skillset: "He's a big, fast wide receiver, good catch radius, blocking skills are up to par."
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) October 12, 2023
Dolphins OC Frank Smith says “yes” when asked if RB Jeff Wilson appears ready to play based on practice.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) October 12, 2023
Wilson has returned to practice after being placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the season. Miami now has about three weeks to activate Wilson, and based on the comments from offensive coordinator Frank Smith, it looks like that is well on the way to happening.
In fact, the 27-year-old could be active as soon as this week after the Dolphins placed running back De’Von Achane on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered last Sunday in a 31-16 win against the New York Giants. The 21-year-old rookie has been one of the NFL’s breakout players so far this season, with the third-round pick ranking second in the league in rushing yards behind only San Francisco 49ers superstar Christian McCaffrey.
Wilson has a long injury history and is listed on the Week 6 injury report with rib and finger injuries. Last season was his first in five NFL campaigns that he did not miss multiple games. If active, he is likely to back up lead running back Raheem Mostert.
Claypool was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bears last Friday. The 25-year-old had been asked to stay away from the Bears after expressing frustration with the way he was being used in their offense. It is the second time he has been traded during an NFL regular season after the Pittsburgh Steelers sent him to the Bears last November.
He may be happier within the Dolphins’ attack, with Smith complimenting his size (6-foot-4 and 238 pounds), speed and physical skills. Miami’s talented receiving corps is led by Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle and includes Cedrick Wilson Jr., Braxton Berrios and Robbie Chosen.
They have contributed to the top-ranked passing offense in the NFL orchestrated by head coach Mike McDaniel and implemented by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Entering their Week 6 game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Dolphins also lead the league in total offense, rushing offense and points per game. Adding two skilled veteran players to the mix could improve those statistics even more.