Last season, the Miami Dolphins gave an opportunity to a former Miami Hurricanes wide receiver with impressive physical measurables. Now, with rookie DeVante Parker out until near the end of training camp, the team has decided to bring back Tommy Streeter for a second time.
Streeter, a 6'5" receiver with a 40 yard dash time of 4.40 seconds, has the physical potential to be an incredibly prolific deep threat with his rare combination of size and speed. Unfortunately, flaws in his fundamentals such as his route running and his burst off the line has kept him from making any significant impact on an NFL team.
Streeter was a sixth-round pick of the Ravens in 2012, but a foot injury he suffered in the preseason preseason prevented him from ever playing a snap with Baltimore. Since then, he's bounced around the league and had stints with the Bills, Buccaneers, Jaguars, and of course the Miami Dolphins.
This will be his second stint wearing aqua and orange as he was a member of the team's practice squad last season. Streeter calls Miami his home, and last season he expressed his excitement towards playing for his hometown team.
“It means a lot,” Streeter told the Miami Dolphins website last season. “Growing up in Miami, being a Miami native, all you know is the University of Miami and the Miami Dolphins. To be home, it was always kind of a dream of mine, a selfish desire of mine. At the end of the day, I would have been happy with a job opportunity anywhere, but if I had it my way, I would like to be home. Just thankful for the opportunity.”
Parker's injury means the Dolphins needed an extra player in the WR corps, and Streeter's measurables give him an ample opportunity to stand out, but he'll have a long road ahead of him if he plans to make the roster, as other players not only have a head start on him, but have also accomplished more. It will be interesting to see what happens to the former Miami Hurricane in the upcoming mini-camp and training camp.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater