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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Favre wonders why Fins dealt Camarillo

By Tim Graham

Brett Favre said it once and then said it again for emphasis.

Greg Camarillo is one heck of a receiver.

Greg Camarillo
Getting traded to Minnesota gives wide receiver Greg Camarillo a chance for playing time he might not have had in Miami.
"It makes you wonder why they traded him," Favre said of the Miami Dolphins, who sent Camarillo to the Vikings on Aug. 25 for defensive back Benny Sapp. "I do think he is everything that they said he would be and then some. ... He runs very good routes, seems to have great hands, very knowledgeable of the game.

"So, once again, I think he's everything that they said he was, and then some."

Camarillo didn't have to wait long to play his old team, an unlikely occurrence given he was dealt out of the conference. They'll play Sunday afternoon in the Metrodome. The quick turnaround, however, means Favre and Camarillo still are trying to get on the same page.

Favre threw Camarillo's way only twice in the season opener, but Camarillo made a terrific grab for 29 yards. Camarillo should be a bigger contributor Sunday and beyond with Favre's favorite target, Sidney Rice, out for at least half the season because of hip surgery.

"Getting on the same page in a short amount of time is always the trick," Favre said.

Camarillo wasn't busted up about the trade. It allows him to get on the field. He fell on Miami's depth chart with the acquisition of Brandon Marshall and younger targets Davone Bess and Brian Hartline emerging.

"It's a great opportunity,'' Camarillo told Miami Herald reporter Jeff Darlington. "To be honest with you, I don't know how much I would have played in Miami this year. So this is a fresh start for me, and it's an opportunity to see the field and get some action."

His Dolphins teammates didn't sound too thrilled to see Camarillo leave.

Camarillo is highly respected for his perseverance. He was a walk-on punter at Stanford who didn't score a touchdown in college, wasn't invited to the scouting combine and was released multiple times before making an active roster. His first touchdown since high school defeated the Baltimore Ravens in overtime and saved the Dolphins from a winless 2007 season. The Dolphins voted him their representative for the NFL Players Association.

"It really hurt a lot of us to see him leave," Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said on a conference call Wednesday. "He's money. It seems like every time we need a big play, we need a first down, the ball is in the air and it's going to him. You pretty much know it's a catch.

"He's a hard worker and a very intelligent guy, and he's just a great teammate."