The Miami Dolphins have a brand new have a look at operating again with offseason additions Jordan Howard and Matt Breida set to enhance the league’s worst dashing assault from final 12 months. These two weren’t sufficient to fill Miami’s urge for food, although, so the Dolphins added Lynn Bowden to the combo.

Miami acquired Bowden, a 2020 third-round decide, together with a 2021 sixth-round decide from the Las Vegas Raiders in change for a 2021 fourth-round decide simply previous to the 53-man roster deadline Saturday, a deal that precipitated a whole lot of shock all through the NFL. Buying and selling away rookie third-round picks is unusual (Raiders GM Mike Mayock defined why they made the transfer). It is also value questioning about Miami’s reasoning.

Bowden, who performed at Kentucky, was, as Mayock identified, “a slot receiver in ’18, a quarterback in ’19 and (now we’re) asking him to play operating again in ’20.” The Dolphins can definitely use Bowden’s distinctive skill-set as a operating again, just like the Raiders deliberate, however they checklist him as a large receiver on their roster. Miami head coach Brian Flores will launch the Week 1 depth chart on Monday, however do not anticipate Bowden to play on this week’s matchup versus the New England Patriots. 

“We’re enthusiastic about having him be a part of our group and as soon as he will get right here, there’s loads that he’ll should – he is not simply going to leap on the market and begin enjoying. He is bought to find out how we do issues round right here,” Flores mentioned on a convention name Monday. “It is clearly a brand new atmosphere. He does not know the place our facility is. He isn’t going to know the place the assembly rooms are, the coaching room, the load room. So he is bought loads to be taught in just a little little bit of time.”

Having a package deal for Bowden could also be an excessive amount of too ask for Week 1, however Flores has confirmed he can add some wrinkles to his offense in sport preparation. The Dolphins first-team huge receivers are set with DeVante Parker (outdoors), Preston Williams (outdoors), and Jakeem Grant (slot), as Bowden will compete with Mack Hollins, and Isaiah Ford for snaps. 

If Miami does resolve to make use of Bowden at operating again, he’ll should wrestle snaps away from Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin. There’s a whole lot of work Bowden should accomplish earlier than he can contribute in Miami’s offense. 

“He is excited. We’re excited to have him. Hopefully – however this week clearly we’re locked in on the Patriots,” Flores mentioned. “We’re attempting to have laser concentrate on that, however on the similar time getting guys acclimated and attempting to develop them is at all times on the forefront.”


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