Coach Mike McDaniel breaks silence on Chase Claypool’s first week with the Miami Dolphins

Coach Mike McDaniel on Chase Claypool’s first week with the Miami Dolphins:
He did an impressive job

There’s a chance Chase Claypool will be in action this weekend.

The addition of Chase Claypool gives Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel a combination of strength and size that was previously missing from the roster. The former second-round pick has been in South Florida for less than a week and it’s unclear whether he will take the field against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

During his meeting with the media Friday, McDaniel praised Claypool’s progress in adjusting to life in Miami’s high-powered offense.

“He did an impressive job,” McDaniel said. “The system he operates in is very specific. A lot of different words mean different things and he was certainly hungry and willing to contribute.

Opponents are averaging nearly 29 points but only 185 passes per game against the Panthers. The defense is stymied by opposing running backs, allowing 140.8 yards per game on the ground. Given that Miami’s rushing attack averages a league-high 185.8 yards, McDaniel could use fewer receivers on Sunday.

“There are a lot of things to consider in terms of specific defenses and what we really need in this particular game,” McDaniel said. “But it’s just a matter of evaluating that and what he brings to the team in his current state compared to the others and what those roles will be. So a lot of this has to be intentionally obscured for the sake of competition.

The Dolphins are averaging 50 points and are undefeated in two games at Hard Rock Stadium. Three of Miami’s next five games are at home before a two-game road trip with the New York Jets and Washington Commanders.

Whether against the Panthers or later, Claypool’s numbers should increase in McDaniel’s system after just four receptions for 51 yards in three games against the Chicago Bears.

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