It has been a couple of days, but the annual Miami Dolphins 90-in-90 roster breakdown continues today with another look at one member of the team. Today, the Dolphins get back to on-field practicing with the start of their Organized Team Activities, so today for our 90-in-90, we will take a look at a player looking to come back as well, in this case wide receiver Isaiah Ford.
Our 90-in-90 series is a daily look at one player on the team’s roster, breaking down what they did in 2017, why they could progress in 2018, why they could regress in 2018, and whether we think they will make the regular season 53-man roster. We have completed a look at wide receiver Leonte Carroo, punter Matt Haack, safety T.J. McDonald, running back Buddy Howell, wide receiver DeVante Parker, and defensive end William Hayes.
Ford was selected in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, coming to the Dolphins from Virginia Tech. As a junior in 2016, Ford caught 79 passes for 1,094 yards with seven touchdowns at Virginia Tech. He sustained a torn meniscus during training camp, leading to a lost season as he was placed on injured reserve. Ford had made noise early in the team’s offseason training program and camp last year, and appeared to be in consideration for a roster spot.
Why he will progress
He should be healthy and ready to play. In January, Ford tweeted, “Officially passed my physical and cleared to do everything 100%!” If he is able to come back to the team and perform like he was showing before his injury, Ford could be a player to watch during the summer.
Why he will regress
Ford, as a seventh-round pick a year ago, has to prove himself roster-spot worthy, especially without having any rookie tape to use as a fall-back option. He has been away from the game for almost a year, which can be overcome, but could also be a concern.
Chances of making the 53-man roster
The Dolphins are deep at wide receiver, with DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, and Jakeem Grant, all likely to make the roster. That does not leave a lot of space for additional players. Ford has to prove himself against a player like Leonte Carroo to make the roster. He could be stashed on the practice squad, which may be the most likely place for Ford early in the season.