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Fins4Life
08-20-2008, 04:28 PM
Ted Ginn is emerging as the receiver the Dolphins were looking for when they drafted him in the first round in 2007.




DAVIE, Fla. -- Having a reliable quarterback is making all the difference for Ted Ginn Jr.

The Miami Dolphins' speedy receiver is finally living up to his high draft billing -- albeit in the preseason. The arrival of quarterbacks Chad Pennington and rookie Chad Henne has given a boost to Ginn, who many had considered one of the biggest busts of the previous Dolphins regime.

Ted Ginn Jr., WR
Miami Dolphins

2007 Statistics:
Games/Starts: 16/9
Receptions: 34
Yards: 420
Touchdowns: 2
"It's a new year," Ginn said. "We have new coaches and new guys all over. I've been working hard to get better. So in a lot of ways, I feel like a new player."

Call it the Chad Effect, but Ginn finally displayed the go-to-skills of a top receiver in last week's preseason game at Jacksonville, with four catches for 58 yards in the first half of Pennington's debut.

The slender, 5-foot-11 Ginn fearlessly zigzagged across the middle -- where hard-hitting defensive backs await and where he was reluctant to take a hit as a rookie. He made diving catches of 22 and 17 yards from Pennington, and he nearly had a 43-yarder down the sideline on an over-the-shoulder grab from Henne but was ruled out of bounds.

"Yeah, how about them Chads?" Ginn joked.

If nothing else, Ginn has his swagger back.

He wears his socks high and his jersey long, tiptoeing around the Dolphins' practice field like he owns it. His demeanor is calm, and he's been the top target for Pennington and Henne during training camp.

But can he be a No. 1 receiver?

"Every day I go out and I practice like I'm trying to be the No. 1 receiver," Ginn said. "I've just got to continue to keep doing it."

Ginn's arrival in Miami was rocky from the start.

His selection from Ohio State as the ninth overall pick in 2007 created by far the biggest buzz on draft day at the Dolphins' headquarters. Most fans there thought he wasn't worth the pick, and that Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn was.

Miami fans even booed then-coach Cam Cameron when he emerged to make the announcement.

Dolphins receivers

As Ted Ginn competes to become the Dolphins' top receiving threat, here is a look at some of the other receivers he will be playing with this season and their 2007 stats:

Derek Hagan
Games/Starts: 16/1
Receptions: 29
Yards: 373
Touchdowns: 2


Ernest Wilford
Games/Starts: 16/14
Receptions: 45
Yards: 518
Touchdowns: 3


Greg Camarillo
Games/Starts: 15/0
Receptions: 8
Yards: 160
Touchdowns: 2
Ginn, who was often criticized for his inability to create separation, ended last season with 34 catches for 420 yards. He was touted as a premier kick returner, but managed only one punt return for a touchdown -- hardly production most in Miami thought was worthy of a top pick.

"Ted has been working on his route running, and it's all coming together," said receiver Derek Hagan, who has started opposite Ginn in the preseason. "We've just got to be patient. People got to understand it takes time."

With veterans Chris Chambers and Marty Booker gone, Ginn and Hagan, in his third NFL season, are the longest-tenured Miami receivers.

The rest of the unit lacks big names: Ernest Wilford, David Kircus, Greg Camarillo, and rookies Davone Bess, Jayson Foster and Anthony Armstrong. Suddenly, Ginn has gone from a confused rookie to the guy players ask for help.

"Ted is still a big kid, but it's definitely great to have somebody who's actually been there and experienced," Bess said. "Everybody hasn't had too much experience, so the experience we do get we share with each other and we try to learn from mistakes and get better as a unit. He had a great game, and it's definitely something we have to feed off of and get motivated by."

Ginn came to Miami with a big-play reputation, but he had only one catch of at least 35 yards last season. He had an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown against Philadelphia, one of his few rookie highlights.

This season, he's hoping those big plays aren't so rare.

"That's what I was brought here to do," Ginn said. "No matter who the quarterback is, I think I can do that if I just keep working."

Chris Wade
08-26-2008, 06:32 PM
My son is a big Dolphins fan (don't know where I went wrong) he''ll be glad to hear this.

GridironChamp
08-26-2008, 07:23 PM
Ginn for the Winn... That should be a chant at Dolphin games;)

jhildebrand
08-26-2008, 08:29 PM
Somewhere Cam Cameron should be given some credit!

Fins4Life
08-26-2008, 09:16 PM
Somewhere Cam Cameron should be given some credit!

Yeah...thats hard to hear for a Fins fan. He made so many mistakes last year its unbelievable, but yes I am now glad he drafted Ginn. I really think he will be a game changer. Defenses will have to account for his speed.

I think WR is the hardest position for a rookie to come in and be great his first year. I just hope he continues to develop.

LbloodOjunkieG
08-26-2008, 11:44 PM
Crazy, I was JUST watching Ginn videos before signing in here. I love his style.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mmbbPKL3uc

LarryDean
08-27-2008, 12:56 AM
Ted Ginn is one my favorite players...I think the Tuna is saying we are going to get this kid developed now and not later.

Now doubt in my mind Parcells will get that franchise turned aroun and in a hurry ... Lots of work though.

Whats your early thoughts on Tony Sparano ? Fins4Life

Cutler2007
08-27-2008, 05:57 AM
As an OSU fan, I know Ginn has all the talent in the world, He just needs to be consistent and play within himself. He is a good WR for Pennington and I wouldn't be surprised if they clicked like Santana Moss did with Chad back in 2003.

Do Miami fans remember the 5-142 game Santana dropped on them? I do not expect that on a week to week basis, but I can see him posting a couple games like that.

Fins4Life
08-28-2008, 08:42 PM
Ted Ginn is one my favorite players...I think the Tuna is saying we are going to get this kid developed now and not later.

Now doubt in my mind Parcells will get that franchise turned aroun and in a hurry ... Lots of work though.

Whats your early thoughts on Tony Sparano ? Fins4Life

So far I like Sparanos tough in your face style. Last year Cam Cam wouldnt hold anybody accountable.

Its pretty funny...every pre-season game he goes bazerk on Chad Henne for some reason or another. I read an article today that its tough love because Sparano sees huge potential in him.

DawgFanatic
08-28-2008, 10:41 PM
Dolphins will be much improve this year. :salute:

LbloodOjunkieG
08-28-2008, 11:46 PM
Dolphins will be much improve this year. :salute:

I agree, they could improve their win total by about 4 games. :goofy:

Silent-Assassin
08-29-2008, 01:28 AM
I thought the Ginn move at the time was better than getting Mrs. Brady (quinn) and it seems like the dolphins got what they wanted :rockon:

LarryDean
08-29-2008, 09:52 AM
So far I like Sparanos tough in your face style. Last year Cam Cam wouldnt hold anybody accountable.

Its pretty funny...every pre-season game he goes bazerk on Chad Henne for some reason or another. I read an article today that its tough love because Sparano sees huge potential in him.

It's like Gheee I wonder where he got that from right.....

Thats sounds just like what the Phins needed imo.... I see potential in Henne as well and the signing of Pennington imo will only help in his development and is a great guy to learn the ropes from...But the leaves the question what about Beck ?