Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Report: Dolphins trying to drop Ginn
By Tim Graham
The Miami Dolphins reportedly are trying to unload disappointing receiver Ted Ginn, the ninth pick of the 2007 draft.
This will be viewed among Dolfans as the most encouraging offseason news since the club signed inside linebacker Karlos Dansby five weeks ago.
In three seasons, Ted Ginn has 128 receptions for 1,664 yards and five touchdowns.
Ginn arrived with whatever the opposite of fanfare is.
Rookie head coach Cam Cameron was booed and heckled by Dolfans when he stepped to the microphone at a draft party in the team's practice bubble. Many fans wanted the Dolphins to select Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.
As fans chanted "Bra-dy! Bra-dy!" Cameron was extolling Ginn's virtues as a punt returner. Not exactly what you want to hear about a ninth overall pick.
That sounds like a bonanza for Ginn, especially when you consider the New York Jets acquired Super Bowl MVP receiver Santonio Holmes for a fifth-round choice.
NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reported the Dolphins are shopping Ginn around the league. That could be the harbinger to the Dolphins selecting a receiver with the 12th pick because Ginn is the Dolphins' lone downfield threat, however inadequate the rest of his game might be.
Ginn has electrifying speed, as demonstrated when he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a Week 8 victory over the Jets.
But he has been a bust as a receiver. Over three seasons, he has 128 receptions for 1,664 yards and five touchdowns.
Stat site ProFootballFocus.com tallied 10 drops last year for Ginn. That tied for most in the NFL. Factor in his 38 receptions, and Ginn's drop percentage was 20.8 percent, third-worst in the league among all wide receivers and tight ends.
What good does Ginn's blazing speed provide when he can't make a play?
ESPN Stats & Information calculated Ginn had the worst catch percentage among all NFL receivers on passes that travel more than 20 yards downfield.
If the Dolphins dump Ginn, they will have only two players -- nose tackle Paul Soliai and punter Brandon Fields -- remaining from their 2007 draft class, the final group selected by general manager Randy Mueller and Cameron before Bill Parcells fired them.