Written by Matthew Cannata
During the 2012 season, the Miami Dolphins claimed wide receiver Armon Binns to help bolster the passing game and give quarterback Ryan Tannehill a large target in the middle of the field. Since that time though, he has struggled to stay healthy and on the field.
Now in 2014, Binns believes he's fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered early in training camp last summer, which cost him the entire season. Binns has had a knack for making his presence known on the practice field. At 6-3 and 211 pounds, he can be that safety blanket that Tannehill needs during the games.
However, it won't be easy to make this roster. The team has plenty of wide receiver depth - Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Damian Williams, Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews, Matt Hazel, Stephen Williams, Ryan Spadola, Kevin Cone, Gerald and Rantavious Wooten.
That's not stopping Binns from thinking that he doesn't have a chance to make this team.
“I think I fit in well,” he said. “We’ve got a really deep receiver group, a lot of guys that can do a lot of different things. I just want to go out there and be accountable and just make plays for the quarterback when my number is called.”
The first step for Binns is to stay healthy. The next step is to continue to make an impact on the practice field and carry it over into games. His size is something worth investing in and the Dolphins hope he can stay healthy long enough to make an impact when it actually counts.
“He’s worked his tail off to get back on the practice field, without a doubt,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “He’s certainly made kind of a name for himself on the practice field. He’s been productive on the practice field. Now, we’ve got to be able to sustain that over a period of time and continue to develop as a receiver.