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Game Tape of New Miami Dolphins DE William Hayes

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Fresh off the trade, let’s take a look at what a great signing William Hayes is for the Miami Dolphins.

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The Los Angeles Rams are transitioning to a 3-4 under Wade Phillips, and the Miami Dolphins seized an opportunity to upgrade the DE rotation. While the #17 PFF DE, William Hayes, excels as a run stuffer, he also brings upside as a pass rusher.

This is one of those under-the-radar signings that will yield dividends for the Dolphins - I’m a big fan of this trade, essentially dropping down 17 spots in the 6th round and into the 7th round for the rights to Hayes (or in his words “a stapler and a coffee machine”). He’ll be 32 before the season, and may be a band-aid from a long-term perspective, but he’s one of those band-aids kids brag about. He’s a Spider-Man band-aid.

Again, the run defense skills are there. He’ll bring a very important niche to this DE rotation, and we may see him on 1st down often. For a 31st ranked run defense and tied for dead last in yards per rush, Hayes’ skill set is a welcome sight.

But wait...there’s more.

He can actually rush the passer!

Kenny Stills and Andre Branch have re-signed; Reshad Jones extended. Anthony Fasano is back home. With the whirlwind of storylines right now, don’t forget about the low-key transaction for William Hayes. I have a feeling we’re going to like this guy.