Don’t sleep on Dolphins’ Albert Wilson

The Miami Dolphins 2018 season was a disappointment — to say the least.

But unlike what we’ve grown accustomed to in year’s past, it wasn’t all doom and gloom in 2018.  In fact, several players emerged as potential franchise-caliber players.  Laremy Tunsil took the next step, Xavien Howard did too. Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker — former Buckeyes teammates — both showed some potential to be key contributors on defense for many years to come.  

And then there’s the skill position players.

Kenyan Drake got out-touched by Frank Gore, and guys like DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki struggled to make any type of impact.  However, one player emerged as legit playmaker, one who could have a significant role heading into the 2019 season.

His name is Albert Wilson.

Obviously, EVERYONE listened to the latest episode of Fantasy on 5 where I mentioned Wilson as a player I see having a significant impact in 2019.

Personally, I think a lot of people are going to overlook Albert Wilson.  That is a guy that just, he lit the world on fire when he got the opportunities.  And we know he didn’t get as many opportunities as he could have. But the guy can make plays as a running back, can make plays as a wide receiver.  He (Wilson) can make plays all over the field that we haven’t seen in Miami for- I mean maybe Jarvis Landry, but this is a supped up Jarvis Landry. For me, hands down as long as he comes back from injury, Albert Wilson is that guy.  I think he’s going to be one of those guys that creeps up as a top-15 fantasy wide receiver. If you’re going to make me throw a hot take out there, I’m going to say Albert Wilson is going to be a top-15 fantasy wide receiver this year.

Prior to his injury in Week 7 vs the Detroit Lions, Albert Wilson led the NFL in ‘fantasy points per route’.   

To some, this may be an insignificant statistic.

To others, it provides a pretty good outlier of what type of impact Wilson had in year one in South Florida.

Last offseason, Wilson signed a 3 year, $24-million contract and at the time, very few understood the type of impact he could have. He is good.  Very good.  And he will look to take the next step in 2019.

During the 2018 season, Wilson recorded 26 receptions on only 35 targets.  The end result? 394 yards and 5 touchdowns (1 passing).

Currently, Wilson is being drafted 195th-overall in standard leagues according to FantasyPros.com

Let’s take a look at what Wilson did in 2018 and what we can expect from him in Chad O’Shea’s New England Style offense.

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There are a lot of things that Wilson brings to the table.  And anyone that is familiar with New England’s offense, understands just how deadly the quick slants and crossing routes can be.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, he is a special talent.

Here’s a prime example of that, as Wilson throw a perfect 52-yard touchdown strike to Jakeem Grant in week 3 vs Oakland.

Despite what the stat sheet may say, Ryan Tannehill had nothing to do with the success of this play.

In this play, you see just how explosive Wilson can be with the football in his hands.  He uses every bit of his 4.43 forty to outrun the defense.  *high five*

At 5’9, 201-pounds, you don’t expect Wilson to be able to shake would-be tackles.  And yet, here we are.

Osweiler does a good job of standing tall in the pocket and delivers a pass in stride to Wilson.

Again, Wilson is one of the most explosive playmakers in the NFL.

For years, the Dolphins would try to get the ball in their receivers hands using screens and other variables.

It has been a long time since Miami had a guy with this type of game-altering potential.

In conclusion, Wilson has all the skills to be a dominant wide receiver in the NFL.  Obviously, he must fully recover from the hip injury that he suffered last season.  And surely, he must build a repertoire with new Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen, before he can have the type of impact we all expect.  But what many in South Florida will soon find out, is that Wilson has the potential to be one of the league’s top receivers in 2019.

#WilsonGangGang

Josh Houtz (@Houtz) cooks in his spare time, when he’s not working on 65 things for Five Reasons Sports Network and Dolphin Maven

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