Many wonder what role Chase Claypool will have with the Miami Dolphins in a wide-receiver-heavy team. Claypool was in the dog house during his tenure with the Chicago Bears. Miami traded a 2025 sixth-round pick to the Bears in exchange for Claypool and a 2025 seventh-round pick.
The Miami Dolphins already have a deep wide receiver room.
The Dolphins have one of the best receiver rooms in the NFL, led by Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. The Dolphins also have Braxton Berrios, Cedrick Wilson Jr., and veteran Robbie Chosen. The Dolphins recently placed two wideouts on the IR and NFI.
Miami placed River Cracraft on the injured reserve before Week 4. Cracraft is dealing with a shoulder injury. He will miss at least four games.
Miami placed Erik Ezukanma on the Non-Football-Injury list before Week 4 as well. Coach Mike McDaniel stated that the team is monitoring a neck injury he sustained at Texas Tech. Ezukanma will miss at least four games.
There is a possibility Claypool plays tight end.
Claypool could get an opportunity to play a new position with Miami. Due to Claypool being 6’4, many scouts and analysts thought Claypool could play at tight end. CBS Sports Reporter Jonathan Jones thinks he might get a chance to play tight end in Miami. He said:
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mike McDaniels get creative with Claypool and use him sometimes, maybe as a tight end with that 6’4 frame. The Dolphins love to get creative, it could be possible.”
This move makes total sense for the Dolphins.
This move makes sense for the Dolphins because the tight end position is the weakest offensive position on the team. The tight end depth got smaller when Miami opted not to re-sign Mike Gesicki.
Durham Smythe is currently the number-one tight end on the roster. Smythe is more of a blocker than a receiver. Smythe has only one season with more than 300 receiving yards in a season (2021). In five seasons with the Dolphins, Smythe has 88 receptions for 809 yards and three receiving touchdowns, averaging 161.8 yards per season not counting 2023.
The other tight ends on the roster include undrafted free agent Julian Hill and veteran Tyler Kroft. Claypool could improve the Dolphin’s weakest position. He does have to do a better job running blocking.
The Dolphins don’t have much to lose with Claypool
Unlike the Bears, the Dolphins didn’t give up much draft capital for Chase Claypool. The Bears gave up a 2nd round pick in the 2023 Draft when they traded him from the Steelers.
If Claypool doesn’t pan out at tight end, he could serve as the emergency wide receiver if a starter gets injured.
Claypool is in the last year of his 4-year, $4,616,625 rookie contract. He will be a free agent at the end of the 2023-24 season.
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