Miami Dolphins’ wide receivers got a lot of attention early in the 2022 NFL season due to impressive performances by Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. But an interesting subplot for the post involved picking a freshman and a former college free agent.
Offseason takeover River Kraft played a role in the 42-38 victory over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday with a 2-yard hometown that began scoring in the fourth quarter from the Dolphins’ 28 points.
It was notable that he was in the match for first place rather than the fourth-round rookie pick, Eric Izukanma. And that was the second time it happened in two matches that were more noteworthy.
Cracraft didn’t make Dolphins’ initial roster of 53 players when Dolphins decided to keep five wide receivers on the roster, with Ezukanma joining Hill Waddle, Trent Sherfield and Cedrick Wilson Jr. New England Patriots and Crows.
Basically, Dolphins decided to like Cracraft more at this time even though it was the Ezukanma they chose to keep as their fifth wide receiver.
Why was Eric Izukanma inactive
Wide receivers coach Wes Welker shed some light on the decision to make Izukanma inactive in each of his first two games.
“For the junior receivers in the league, it’s very difficult,” Welker said on Thursday. “And we have a very talented room with a group of players who are very, very detailed. At the end of the day, when you’re talking about the fourth, fifth and sixth recipients on your roster, you have to play all the positions. The Three. You don’t know when someone is going to go down, you don’t know when someone is going to get tired, you don’t know when someone needs an IV in the third quarter. You don’t know all these different things and be able to plug and play guys, you don’t lose rhythm, and you don’t You sit there and you’re nervous like a coach or whatever.
“It’s a huge learning process to be able to learn all these different situations week after week. It’s not the same plays every week as at Texas Tech. It’s not hand signals on the sidelines. These are long calls. It’s a process. He prepares like he’s playing and needs To keep doing that. I think over time, we know what his talent is. But we have to hold everyone accountable when it comes out on the pitch. All the staff can’t get that knot in your stomach when he’s there and they say, ‘Will he do the right thing?’ He is in the right place?who is beginning to understand it.
“It’s not just about being talented. Everyone is talented. But it’s all about the details and being aware of every game you play out there because one MA (Missing Mission) or whatever could be the difference between winning and losing and now, that’s not something we want to do. Its now. He’s going to get there. He just needs to keep working and understand that it’s a process and when he’s ready we’ll know he’s ready We love his skill set We love the way he does his work But it takes time I’ve experienced it with a lot of beginners Who had to play early and it’s hard. It’s really hard. It’s hard on a coach. It’s hard on a crew. It’s hard on the player. And right now, we don’t have to do that. So we’re not going to do that until we feel comfortable with him. To implement the way we want him to. carried out.”
Without a doubt, Ezukanma has an interesting skill set and his time will come.
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Plowing is coming for dolphins
In the meantime, it’s clear Dolphins trust Cracraft – although they’ll have a decision to make soon.
Based on the new coaching staff rules for 2022, any player can be promoted to play in the regular season up to three times in the regular season, which means that dolphins will only get Cracraft once unless they decide to enroll him in the active roster.
Cracraft joined the Dolphins after making 24 appearances for the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers over the past four seasons, but his touchdown against Baltimore was the first of his NFL career.
Welker said, “It’s so amazing for River. I was really proud of him and the work he did. It was funny in pre-season, and it was his first touchdown in six years. So getting a touchdown like this is at a critical moment. In such a big game and the win we had was such a great moment for him.So I am really happy for him and the work he did.To finally have this opportunity was great, just to see what kind of work he has done over the past few years and how important he is to our team.
“I think it’s just about his work ethic and the amount of time – you could tell he thinks about football all the time. On his days off he’s always here, always doing more, after training, even during the spring and all those different things. It all adds up. To me, it’s just the work he does and he listens and he’s on time. He does everything right, the way you want a professional athlete to do his business. So I’m really happy for him and I hope he continues down that path, who I know He will do it.”
For Cracraft, it’s all about being asked when it’s asked and hoping for more and more opportunities.
“I’m so proud of myself for my responsibility and knowing my tasks and all that,” said Cracraft, “and having them show confidence again and by calling me in means a lot to me and makes me feel confident that I’m doing the right things now and should keep piling on the days.”
“It’s just a starting point. I just need to keep taking it week after week, day in and day out, and hopefully I can keep getting up and helping the team in any role.”