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Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins
Week 3 Grade: 92.7
It’s always a little concerning when a player pulls out his best work in a contract year. Will they kick on or regress after getting paid? The Dolphins gambled $8M per year (making Wilson the joint 26th-highest paid receiver in the NFL) on the former and, so far at least, he’s repaying that investment.
Up until 2017, Wilson had generated a generic replacement-level grade of 61.7 but significantly improved production last year, and prompted Miami to get out their checkbook for a three-year deal. Most appealing was his ability after the catch with his 7.3 YAC/reception ranking second in the NFL last year largely predicated on his tackle-breaking skills. In 2017, only two players broke more tackles than the 15 he did on his 44 receptions: Golden Tate (24 on 94 receptions) and Jarvis Landry (16 on 117 receptions).
This year, his production in limited snaps (73) is screaming out for more playing time. He’s second in the NFL in yards per route run with a remarkable 3.84 and feels like he’s primed for a lot more if the Dolphins can find a way to get him extra snaps.
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Miami Dolphins: Cornerback Xavien Howard hasn’t allowed a touchdown since Week 11 of the 2017 season. Since then, he’s allowed just 30.2 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage to be caught, and he’s yielded a passer rating of just 32.2 – both the best marks among cornerbacks in that span.
New England Patriots: Over the first three games of the 2018 season, Tom Brady has targeted his running backs on 31.0 percent of his pass attempts, which is the highest rate he’s ever recorded through the first three weeks of a season. He’s targeted his wide receivers on just 39.0 percent of his attempts, the lowest rate he’s ever recorded through the first three weeks of a season.