With the second day of Dolphins May OTAs concluding, we got the first chance to listen to new free agent WR Albert Wilson and wonder, is he maybe going to quietly turn out to be their best acquisition?
Now, for a team that traded with the Rams for DE Robert Quinn, signed fellow WR Danny Amendola in March off of the Patriots, drafted star Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick in the first round, and athletic TE Mike Gesicki of Penn State also in Arpil, there are clearly impact possibilities.
Yet, Wilson is intriguing.
Here’s his full Q & A with the media Wednesday afternoon:
Dolphins Live: Albert Wilson meets with the media https://t.co/jfCAaUfVQF
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 23, 2018
Wilson comes off a 2017 in Kansas City, where he had a career high in catches (42), receiving yards (554) and TDs (3). The Chiefs won the AFC West, but fell flat in the Wildcard Playoff Game loss to Tennessee.
Then, Wilson got handsomely rewarded on the open market, as Miami opened up their checkbook giving him $24 million over three years with $14.45 million of it guaranteed in it.
Now, with the attention rightfully on returning QB Ryan Tannehill, new players like the rookie Fitzpatrick and even, veteran RB Frank Gore, it’s easy for Wilson to just blend in and get ready to have a strong year.
During the press conference, Wilson gave credit to fellow WR Kenny Stills and what he has meant so far to he and the new receivers:
“I think Kenny does a great job of what coach is looking for. You know, he’s been around it. He’s had a lot of success here. He’s a great leader.” On if there was any thing specific Stills have helped Wilson with? “Just pretty much knowing the offense…to know every spot….cause we’re going to work left side-right side. Just to know every spot.”
Wilson also told the media Wednesday that he believes he’s faster than speedy WR Jakeem Grant, Stills or anyone else in aqua and orange.
The other thing that Wilson stressed is that, just like Gore, he’s coming back to the area where he is from. While Wilson played played college football at Georgia State in Atlanta, his high school roots are in St. Lucie.
And, he is anxious to show what he can do in front of family, friends, and many other that watched him play in his younger years.
It will be months from now before we see it, but Albert Wilson doesn’t have half the fanfare of the players who’ve come to the Dolphins for 2018 that we mentioned above.
And sometimes, the best weapons are the ones that no one is really paying attention to very much
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