After acquiring wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson Jr. this offseason through trade and free agency, respectively, the Miami Dolphins are the deepest they’ve been at the position in a while.
Hill, Wilson and Jaylen Waddle round out the top three spots, and most teams tend to keep roughly six wideouts in a season, with a couple on the practice squad as well. That means that Preston Williams, Mohamed Sanu, Lynn Bowden Jr., Trent Sherfield, River Cracraft, Braylon Sanders, DeVonte Dedmon and Erik Ezukanma will be fighting for those last spots.
Considering Miami spent a fourth-round pick on Ezukanma this year, it seems likely that he’ll earn one of those, so there are really only two open spots.
Williams, who was originally brought in as an undrafted free agent in 2019, was a restricted free agent this offseason, and the Dolphins opted to bring him back on a tender.
After the fifth day of training camp, Williams took to Twitter and shared a tweet that could be referencing his lack of opportunities in camp.
just want opportunity. #smh
— Preston Williams (@Thresort) August 1, 2022
It’s not clear whether or not this tweet has anything to do with football, but let’s just pretend that it does for a second. With all of the mouths to feed at training camp, including tight ends and running backs, it’s hard to keep everyone happy.
Williams has been with Miami for three seasons and has never played more than eight games. Other players are coming in for their first year, like Sanders and Ezukanma, and the Dolphins may be interested in seeing what they can offer.
Then there’s Sherfield, Cracraft and Sanu who have experience working with head coach Mike McDaniel. That gives them an advantage when a lot of players are learning a new system.
Maybe this is all nothing, and Williams is referencing something completely unrelated, but using context clues, it’s not hard to make the leap to his unhappiness with his usage to this point.