Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins needed receiver help and depth after the trade of Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears. The Fins began addressing the problem by signing free agent receiver Legedu Naanee Tuesday morning.
Naanee is 6’2” and weighs 220 pounds and has five years experience with both the San Diego Chargers and the Carolina Panthers. Naanee spent last year with the Carolina Panthers where he caught 44 passes for 467 yards and one touchdown.
Naanee’s production in 2011 was his best season in the NFL. He’s started 20 games over his five-year career and played in 15 games in 2011. He averaged 10.6 yards per catch in 2011 and 16.1 yards per catch in 2010 as a member of the San Diego Chargers.
The Dolphins have plenty of receivers, but none that could be considered a true number one NFL receiver. Brian Hartline and Davone Bess return as the likely numbers two and three receivers which means Naanee will be competing against speedster Clyde Gates, Julius Pruitt, Roberto Wallace, Malron Moore, and Chris Hogan for roster spots.
Miami could be eyeballing a receiver in the first round or two of the draft. Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd has been flying up draft charts due to his physicality, blocking, size, and good hands. The Fins could take a flier on South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffrey if he falls in the second round as well.