Miami Dolphins All Time Depth Chart: Number 1 Wide Receiver

Jan 20, 1985; Palo Alto, CA, USA; FILE PHOTO; Miami Dolphins receiver Mark Clayton (83) is pursued by San Francisco 49ers safety Carlton Williamson (27) during Super Bowl XIX at Stanford Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Dolphins 38-16. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

The Phinsider Community All Time Miami Dolphins Depth Chart has progressed through the quarterback position, with Dan Marino claiming the top spot, Bob Griese backing him up, and Chad Pennington claiming the third string position. Now, it's time to turn our attention to the wide receiver position. With six slots on the depth chart to fill, this could be an extremely talented group.

First, a review of "CP10" before we move on to the current depth chart and wide receivers being nominated:

Miami was handed a gift before the 2008 season when the New York Jetsreleased Chad Pennington, only to have them sign with their AFC East rival Dolphins. Miami quickly placed Pennington in the starters role, and he didn't disappoint. The Dolphins would go 11-5 in 2008, rebounding from the 1-15 season the year before. That season, Pennington would go 321-for-476 in completions, leading the league with a 67.4% completion percentage. He would throw for 3,653 yards, 19 touchdowns, with 7 interceptions. He finished the season with a 97.4 passer rating, leading the Dolphins to the AFC East division title and their first playoff appearance since 2001.. Pennington would be named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year. His 2009 and 2010 campaigns with Miami would both end fairly quickly due to shoulder injures, starting just four games in two years, including his one start in 2010 when he was injured on just the second play of the game, effectively ending his career. His final Miami stats would be a 12-8 record, 373 completions on 552 attempts (67.6%), 20 touchdowns, nine interceptions, and a 94.5 passer rating.

After the three quarterbacks, the depth chart looks like:

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For the wide receivers, the limiting criteria was to have played at least 30 games for the Dolphins. After that, I selected the top 25 receivers, which also happens to be the number of receivers to reach 1,000 yards receiving in their Miami career.

Here are the nominees:

Howard Twilley - Twilley played for the Dolphins from 1966 to 1976, during which time he caught 212 passes for 3,064 yards. His highest single season production was the 1968 campaign, when he caught 39 balls for 604 yards, but only found the endzone once. Over his time with the Dolphins, Twilley would score 23 touchdowns, including his single season high of five in 1970.

Karl Noonan - Like Twilley, Noonan joined the fledgling Dolphins franchise during its first year in existence. Noonan would spend six years with the team, retiring following the 1971 season. Noonan would find his way to the 1968 Pro Bowl with a single season production that included 58 receptions for 760 yards, and a league high 11 touchdowns. During his career, Noonan would tally 136 total catches for 1,798 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Paul Warfield - Warfield was acquired from the Cleveland Browns in an 1970 trade. He would then go on to be a major part of the Dolphins three straight Super Bowl appearances, including wins in Super Bowl VII (the Perfect 1972 season) and VII. During his five years with the Dolphins, Warfield would catch 156 passes for 3,355 yards and 33 touchdowns. He would make the Pro Bowl in all five seasons, and be named a First Team All-Pro selection twice. Following the 1974 season, Warfield would leave the Dolphins, and the NFL, with teammates Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick, for the newly created World Football League, and their larger paying contracts. After two years with the Memphis Southmen, Warfield would return to the NFL was the WFL collapsed, spending his last two years with the Browns. Warfield was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Nat Moore - Moore was a third round pick by the Dolphins in 1974. He would span the Bob Griese and Dan Marino eras, retiring after the 1986 season. In those 13 years, Moore would catch 510 balls for 7,546 yards and 74 touchdowns. Moore led the league in touchdowns in 1977, when he caught 52 passes for 765 yards and 12 touchdowns. He would be named to the Pro Bowl and a First Team All Pro that season. Two years later, Moore would reach his career, single-season receiving yards mark, with 840 yards on 48 receptions, with 6 touchdowns.

Duriel Harris - Harris joined the Dolphins in 1976, a third round draft pick out of New Mexico State. He would play 10 years in the league, the first eight in Miami, a year split between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Browns, before playing his last year back with the Dolphins. During his nine years with the Dolphins, Harris caught 269 passes for 4,534 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Jimmy Cefalo- Cefalo joins the third-round picks club of the wide receivers above him on this list. Coming to the Dolphins in 1978, Cefalo would play 7 years in the league, catching 93 passes for 1,739 yards and 13 touchdowns. His most productive season was 1981, when he caught 29 passes for 631 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Jim Jensen - "Crash" Jensen was drafted by the Dolphins in 1981, but would not catch a pass until 1984, when he caught 13. He would only add six more catches in 1985 and 1986 combined, then his totals would quickly climb. By the time he retired after playing just three games in 1992, Jensen would have 229 receptions, with 2,171 yards and 19 touchdowns, all while only starting 10 games over his 12 year career.

Mark Duper - Duper is the Dolphins' all-time career receiving yards leader, with 8,869 yards, on 511 career receptions, with 59 touchdowns. As half of the "Marks Brothers," Duper became one of the favorite targets of Dan Marino throughout their career together. Drafted the dame year as both Marino, and his receiving mate Mark Clayton, Duper would play for the Dolphins for 10 years, retiring in 1992. Duper holds three of the top ten single season receiving yardage marks, including the second and third largest totals. When the Dolphins added Marino to the Ring of Honor and retired his jersey, Marino threw a pass to Duper to commemorate the event.

Mark Clayton - Like Duper, Clayton was drafted by the Dolphins in 1983 and retired in 1992. Clayton sits second behind Duper on the career receiving yards list for the Dolphins, with 8,642 yards, but does have the most receptions in his career with the team, 550, and the most touchdown receptions, 81. Clayton also holds the team record for single season receiving yards, with 1,389 yards, as well as positions six, seven, and ten. Clayton also holds the top three single season touchdown receptions for the Dolphins, with his 1984 record of 18 leading the way. While Duper caught Marino's pass at the retirement of his number in Miami, Clayton caught a pass from Marino at the quarterback's induction into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

Fred Banks - Banks spent 6-1/2 years with the Dolphins, coming to the team after one year in Cleveland in 1985, and leaving Miami for the Chicago Bears during the 1993 season. During his time in Miami, he would catch 99 passes for 1,555 yards, and 8 touchdowns.His best season came in 1989, when he caught 30 passes for 520 yards and one score.

Tony Martin - Martin spent six years with the Dolphins, split over two stints with the franchise. He was originally drafted by the team in the fifth roun dof the 1989 draft, playing four years with Miami, through the 1992 season. He then spent time with the San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons before coming back to the Dolphins in 1999. He played that year and the next with Miami, before again leaving, spending his final season with the Falcons. During his six years with the Dolphins, he caught 202 passes for 3,152 yards and 14 touchdowns, however Martin's best years were with the Chargers from 1994-1997, including one Pro Bowl selection.

O.J. McDuffie - McDuffie was the Dolphins first round pick in the 1993 draft, retiring eight years later as the fourth leading career receiving yards wideout for the team (since being pushed to fifth by Chris Chambers). McDuffie led in the NFL with 90 receptions in 1998, seeting the still-standing Dolphins team record for catches in a year. Over his career, McDuffie would catch 415 passes, fourth all time for the team, for 5,074 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Irving Fryar - Fryar holds tenth place on the Dolphins' career receiving yards list, despite only being with the team for three seasons. Coming from the New England Patriots in 1993, Fryar would leave Miami for the Philadelphia Eagles after the 1995 season. During those three years, Fryar would grab 199 passes for 3,190 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Mark Ingram - The first Mark Ingram to join the league, the receiver Ingram, who is the father of the New Orleans Saints' running back, spent two seasons with the Dolphins after six years with the New York Giants. During those two years, Ingram would catch 88 passes for 1,213 yards, with 12 touchdowns, catching exactly 44 passes each year in Miami. Following his time with the Dolphins, Ingram would spend a year with the Green Bay Packers and a year with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Lamar Thomas - Thomas is another of the players to have a short career with the Dolphins. After spending the first three years of his NFL time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thomas came to MIami for the final three of his six-year career. While playing with the Dolphins from 1996 through 1998, Thomas caught 81 passes, tallying 1,171 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Oronde Gadsden - Gadsden was the definition of a possession receiver for the Dolphins - not fast, not a finesse type player, but if you threw the ball anywhere near Gadsden, his giant hands were going to come down with the ball. Gadsden caught 227 passes for 3,252 yards and 22 touchdowns from 1998 to 2003 with the Dolphins. He currently sits ninth all time on the Dolphins receiving yards chart. Gadsden actually began his NFL career in 1995 with the Dallas Cowboys, earning a Super Bowl ring with the team, then spent a year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, before being religated to the World League of American Football and the Arean League - before catching on with the Dolphins in 1998. Two of Gadsden's catches, one against the Jets on an across-the-middle catch and one against the Raiders where he reached up to catch the ball in full stride as he fell backwwards, are immortalized in pictures located in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Chris Chambers - Chambers came to the Dolphins with great anticipation among fans. Where Gadsden was the possession, go-to guy, Chambers was the dyanmic, deep threat. Drafted in the second round of the 2001 draft, Chambers made an impact in his rookie year, leading the league in yards per catch with 18.4 as a rookie. In 6-1/2 years with the Dolphins, Chambers would rack up 405 catches for 5,688 yards and 43 touchdowns, all top five in the all time Dolphins career receiving lists (4th in catches, 5th in yards, 4th in touchdowns). Chambers had one season above the 1,000 yard mark, his 2005 campaign with 1,118 yards and a Pro Bowl berth. The Dolphins would trade Chambers to the San Diego Chargers at the 2007 trade deadline, getting a second round pick for the receiver.

James McKnight - McKnight spent the last three years of his nine year career with the Dolphins, after five years with the Seattle Sehawks and one year with the Cowboys. During his time with the Dolphins, McKnight would tally 107 catches for 1,497 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Marty Booker - Booker joined the Dolphins after five years with the Chicago Bears. He came to Miami as a former Pro Bowl receiver, with two 1,000 yard receiving efforts in the last three years. However, with the Dolphins, Booker would never reach 750 yards. He stayed with the team for four years (2004-2007), reaching a total of 194 receptions with 2,627 yards, along with 11 touchdowns. After the Dolphins, Booker would return to Chicago for a season, then finish his career with one last year with the Atlanta Falcons.

Wes Welker - One of the game's best slot wide receivers ever originally started his career with the Dolphins, ignoring the one game he appeared with the San Diego Chargers to start the 2004 season. After recording no catches in '04, Welker began his assault on the league with a 29 catch, 434 yard performance in 2005, followed by a 67-catch, 687-yard, 1-touchdown 2006. Following the 2006 season, Welker was a restricted free agent for the Dolphins, but was wanted by the New England Patriots. The Patriots, knowing the Dolphins would match whatever offer they made, considered adding a poison pill - a clause in the contract that if Welker appeared in a certain number of games in the state of Florida, his salary would rise dramatically - which would keep the Dolphins from being able to match. In the end, the teams settled on a trade, rather than the negative publicity a poison pill would cause. Since going to New England, Welker has topped 111 catches every year except his injury shortened 86-receptions 2012 campaign.

Ted Ginn, Jr. - The Dolphins drafted Ginn, and his entire family, with the ninth overall pick in 2007. After getting the speedster, it quickly became apparent that his speed was all that he was really bringing to the team, with his hands, and family, failing to make an appearance at most games. In three years with the Dolphins, Ginn caugh 128 passes for 1,664 yards and five touchdowns. Perhaps he is best known for his two kick returns against the New York Jets in one game, or beating Darrelle Revis for a long bomb from Chad Henne. Otherwise, Ginn was simply a bust for the Dolphins, though he has had a few highlights with the San Francisco 49ers since leaving Miami.

Greg Camarillo - Camarillo has one highlight that will forever cement his position in Miami Dolphins lore - the game winning catch against the Baltimore Ravens to give the Dolphins their first, and only, win of the 2007 season. Joining the Dolphins with Ginn in 2007, Camarillo would catch 113 balls for 1,325 yards and 4 touchdowns during his three years with Miami.

Davone Bess - Underappreciated in a division that feature Wes Welker, Bess has became a highly talented slot receiver for the Dolphins. In four years, he has 260 recpeiotns and 2,669 yards. He has found pay dirt 11 times. He tends to frustrate fans in the punt return game, because he does not have the game changing speed, or the desire to try to run up field, most fans are looking for, but overall Bess is a solid punt returner. Bess' best year came in 2010, when he caught 79 passes for 820 yards and 5 touchdowns. He currently ranks fourteenth all time in receiving yards for the team, and will continue to climb the list in the team's new west coast offense.

Brian Hartline - Hartline is currently the number one receiver on the Dolphins' depth chart, which is worrisome given his lack of experience in the role, but could also prove to be a benefit for the team. Hartline has proven his ability to make the difficult catch on the sideline, and is a decent deep threat, some how able to sneak behind defensive backs. He has 109 receptions for 1,670 yards and 5 touchdowns in an offense that has tried to force the ball to former number one receiver Brandon Marshall. This year, Hartline will have the freedom to prove what kind of receiver he is.

Brandon Marshall - Marshall came to the Dolphins in a 2010 trade from the Denver Broncos, and left via trade to the Chicago Bears this offseason. During his two years in Miami, Marshall caugh 167 passes for 2,228 yards, and nine touchdowns, though his ability to drop the easy endzone passes, and run out of bounds when he is all by himself on the way to the endzone, frustrated Dolphins fans and teammates alike. He and former starting quarterback Chad Henne never developed the chemistry needed to make both of them succeed, and now both are on different teams.

Now, it's up to you to decide. Who is the top receiver on the Miami Dolphins' All-Time Depth Chart. Vote in the poll and leave your comments below.

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