Sunday, August 12, 2012
Resetting Dolphins' options at receiver
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins released the best receiver in their training camp Sunday night, cutting six-time Pro Bowler Chad Johnson after he was charged with domestic abuse. He was on pace to be the No. 1 receiver in Miami's new West Coast offense.
So what's next for Miami’s passing game? That is the big question facing first-year Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.
Here is a look at Miami’s remaining receivers:
It's not a star-studded group -- but it's what the Dolphins are left with after cutting Johnson. The Dolphins clearly didn’t feel the 34-year-old veteran was worth the headache and distraction he brought to the locker room.
But someone from this group must step up. Hartline, Naanee and Bess are the most proven; they will get the first chance. After that, younger receivers like Wallace, Pruitt and Gates have a chance to finally live up to their potential.
The Dolphins set an example of character over talent by cutting Johnson. But it’s a decision Miami also has to live with on the field.