By Hussam Patel
With the sixth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins chose Jaylen Waddle even though the Alabama wide receiver sustained an ankle injury that caused him to miss the majority of the 2020 season.
In four games before a season ending injury, Waddle caught 25 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns until he returned for the CFP national championship game. In that game, Waddle caught three passes for 34 yards in limited action during Alabama’s 52-24 victory over Ohio State.
There have been murmurs and reports of Jaylen Waddle limping around at Dolphins practice.
You could wonder if Waddle’s ankle injury from last October at Tennessee is nagging him a bit. However, Waddle was asked about it and replied “Yeah, I’m feeling good. I’m practicing, getting all my reps, so I’m good.”
If Waddle was truly hurt and “limping” around, he wouldn't be out there practicing. He’s out there catching passes, burning people and contorting his body to get big play after big play.
For reference, this is how he actually walks on the practice field before even sustaining the ankle injury last October at Tennessee.
The Dolphins WR room has had its fair share of injuries, and it’s fair to err on the side of caution, which the Dolphins staff has done with its injury ridden players - it honestly could be just the way he walks.
Heck, per Google “to Waddle” means to “to walk with short steps swinging the forepart of the body from side to side” kind of like a gait.
Maybe Jaylen is just in character to his name. Just enjoy the plays he makes and stop worrying.