Jaylen Waddle
No. 17 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1998-11-25) November 25, 1998 (age 23)
Houston, Texas
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas)
College:Alabama (2018–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL record
  • Most receptions by a rookie (104)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2022
Receptions:123
Receiving yards:1,357
Receiving touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jaylen Waddle (born November 25, 1998)[1] is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama and was drafted sixth overall by the Dolphins in the 2021 NFL Draft.

High school career

Waddle attended Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. As a senior, he played in the U.S. Army All-American Game.[2] He committed to the University of Alabama to play college football.[3][4][5] He made the selection on National Signing Day of 2018 and chose the Crimson Tide over Texas, Texas A&M, Florida State, TCU, and Oregon.[4]

College career

2018

As a true freshman at Alabama in 2018, Waddle was named the SEC Freshman of the Year after recording 45 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns.[6][7] As a punt returner, he also returned 16 punts for 233 yards and a touchdown.[7]

2019

Waddle returned to the Crimson Tide for his sophomore season in 2019.[8] He recorded 33 receptions for 560 yards and scored six receiving touchdowns. He also returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown against LSU and a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown against Auburn. He was named first-team All-SEC as a return specialist and was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Year.[9]

2020

On October 24, 2020, Waddle broke his right ankle when he was tackled while returning the opening kickoff in a game against Tennessee.[10] Waddle returned for the National Championship game against Ohio State. On January 14, 2021, Waddle announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

Statistics

Season Receiving
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2018 45 848 18.8 94 7
2019 33 560 17.0 58 6
2020 28 591 21.1 90 4
Career 106 1,999 18.9 94 17

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
5 ft 9+12 in
(1.77 m)
180 lb
(82 kg)
30+38 in
(0.77 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
All values from Pro Day[11][12]

Waddle was drafted sixth overall in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, reuniting him with his college quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.[13][14] On May 14, 2021, Waddle signed with the Dolphins on a $27.1 million deal.[15]

2021

See also: 2021 Miami Dolphins season

In his first NFL game on September 12, 2021, Waddle faced off against former Alabama teammate QB Mac Jones and the New England Patriots. Waddle caught 4 of his 6 targets for 61 receiving yards, and also caught his first NFL receiving touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Tua Tagovailoa in the 17–16 win against the New England Patriots. His first big breakthrough came in Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers, finishing with 137 receiving yards as the Dolphins won 33–10.[16] Throughout the season, Waddle became known for his waddling celebrations after touchdowns, inspired by his last name.[17]

In his 16th game of the season, Waddle set the NFL rookie record for receptions in a season with 104, beating Anquan Boldin's old record of 101. Waddle finished his rookie season with 104 receptions for 1,015 yards and 7 total touchdowns.[18]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2021 MIA 16 16 104 1,015 9.8 57 6 2 3 1.5 2 1 2 1
2022 MIA 3 3 19 342 18.0 59 3 2 17 8.5 9 0 0 0
Career 19 19 123 1,357 11.0 59 9 4 20 5.0 9 1 2 1

References

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/TheKingJmike/status/1199098307299155968[bare URL]
  2. ^ Smith, Cam (November 7, 2017). "Four-star WR Jaylen Waddle receives U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey, talks importance of Texas". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved September 17, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Zenitz, Matt (February 21, 2018). "4-star freshman 'a little different' than Alabama's other receivers". AL.com. Advance Publications. Retrieved September 17, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b Coleman, Adam (February 7, 2018). "Episcopal's Jaylen Waddle signs with Alabama". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved September 17, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Sabin, Rainer (June 7, 2018). "Can Alabama's new slot WR still dazzle in the SEC like he did in the SPC?". AL.com. Advance Publications. Retrieved September 17, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Byington, Alex (September 29, 2018). "Waddle turning into Alabama's most explosive weapon". Montgomery Advertiser. Gannett. Retrieved September 17, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ a b Lamb, Clint (June 12, 2019). "ESPN predicts breakout campaign from Jaylen Waddle". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved September 17, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Byington, Alex (August 23, 2019). "Speedy Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle wants to be even faster in sophomore season". Montgomery Advertiser. Gannett. Retrieved September 17, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "2019 All-SEC Football Team announced". SECSports.com. December 11, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  10. ^ "Alabama Football Defeats Tennessee 48-17, Extends Streak to 14 Straight". si.com. October 24, 2020. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  11. ^ "Jaylen Waddle Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "Jaylen Waddle, Alabama, WR, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "Jaylen Waddle Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  14. ^ "Dolphins select Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle, Miami DE Jaelan Phillips in first round". NFL.com. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  15. ^ "Dolphins Sign Jaylen Waddle". Pro Football Rumors. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  16. ^ "Jaylen Waddle 2021 Game Log". Football Reference. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  17. ^ "Jaylen Waddle pulled off an actual waddle for his touchdown celebration and NFL fans loved it". For The Win. December 28, 2021. Retrieved September 11, 2022.
  18. ^ "Jaylen Waddle Stats". Football Reference. Retrieved March 24, 2022.