The Pro Football Writer’s Association announced their 2021 NFL All-Rookie Team, and three Miami Dolphins players received this historic honor.
Here’s the full list according to The Athletic’s senior NFL writer Lindsay Jones:
Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, Safety Jevon Holland, and EDGE Jaelan Phillips were the three Dolphins rookies to receive this honor.
Waddle, Miami’s top draft pick, probably got the most notoriety this season. After all, he broke Anquan Boldin’s rookie record for receptions. (101) The 2021 5th overall draft pick finished the season with 104 receptions on 140 targets for 1,015 yards and seven total touchdowns.
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On defense, safety Jevon Holland slowly emerged as one of the league’s top safeties. Holland finished his rookie season with 69 total tackles (48 solo), two interceptions, 2.5 sacks, 7 QB hits, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and ten pass breakups.
Highest coverage grades among Safeties this season— PFF MIA Dolphins (@PFF_Dolphins) January 24, 2022
1️⃣ Kevin Byard: 91.1
2️⃣ Micah Hyde: 89.9
3️⃣ Jevon Holland: 87.7 pic.twitter.com/HYDkIS4Rtv
The third and final Miami Dolphins’ player on PFWA’s All-Rookie team is former Miami Hurricane pass-rusher Jaelan Phillips. Phillips started to come on during Miami’s winning streak but fizzled off towards the end of the season. Still, Phillips finished the year with 42 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, and a franchise record of 8.5 sacks.
We may not know who the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins will be, but one thing we do know, the sky is the limit for all three of these young, talented players.
Are you at all surprised that Jaylen Waddle, Jevon Holland, and Jaelan Phillips made PFWA’s All-Rookie Team? How would you rank those three players based on their performance this past season? What are your current thoughts on the Miami Dolphins head coach search? Do you have a favorite? How many draft picks should Miami trade for Sean Payton? Let us know in the comments section below!