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Dolphins bubble watch: Wide receiver edition

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The Miami Dolphins are getting closer and closer to the start of training camp, with a lot of work to be done during the summer before the team reaches the start of the regular season. While a lot of the camp will be continuing to install the team’s playbook and making sure players like Ryan Tannehill and Raekwon McMillan remain healthy as they return from injuries that cost them the 2017 season, there will also be tough descisions when it comes to the team’s 53-man roster. The 2018 version of the Dolphins has a lot of depth at several positions, and the numbers game of building the roster will not allow all of those players to make the roster.

Who is on the bubble of making the roster? Today, we take a look at the wide receivers who could be on that bubble during training camp.

The 2016 and 2017 version of the Dolphins kept five receivers on the roster, DeVante Parker, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, Leone Carroo, and Jakeem Grant. Four of those players are still on the roster, with Miami having traded away Landry this offseason, but only three seem to be locked into roster positions. Stills and Parker will be the top two receivers on the depth chart this year, and the Dolphins are high on Grant’s continued growth in the offense.

Carroo, however, is clearly a player who could be on the wrong side of the bubble when the cuts are finalized.

If the Dolphins are only to keep five receivers this year, Parker, Stills, and Grant would likely be joined by free agent additions Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson. That fills the roster, without Carroo, as well as players like Isaiah Ford, Malcolm Lewis, Drew Morgan, Rashawn Scott, and Francis Owusu. Assuming the Dolphins would consider adding one more roster position, keeping some of the depth they have, the position battle may come down to Ford and Carroo.

Leonte Carroo - A third-round pick of the Dolphins in 2016, Carroo has struggled to find playing time throughout his first two seasons. He has recorded just ten receptions for 98 yards with one touchdown in his career.

Isaiah Ford - Ford was selected in the seventh round by Miami last year, and he appeared to be on track to claim a roster spot last year before a knee injury sidelined him and landed him on injured reserve.

Lewis, Morgan, Scott, and Owusu all have potential as depth players, but the numbers are just not in their favor right now. Which leaves Carroo and Ford. Both players have upside, and they should be able to make an impression, especially as a depth option. Which one could make enough of an impression to claim a sixth receiver spot?