Jaylen Waddle staggers to career day, while dolphins dominate the Carolina – Boston Herald

Jaylen Waddle did not really want to talk about his speed on Sunday. You could see that. He wanted to talk about his all-around reception in the wake of his biggest NFL day. He wanted to talk about Alabama’s victory over Auburn.

He especially wanted to talk about the new dance sensation, “Waddle Waddle,” he showed after the second-quarter touchdown.

“Do you like it?” said Waddle after Miami’s 33-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. “[Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins] made a little fun of me in the beginning and then he just started doing it and it became me and his stuff. He’s the first one out there. We’re just doing it. ”

It’s Penguin Dance from the 1970s. Step 1: You lay your arms straight down with your palms out. Step 2: You step to the left with a straight left leg. Step 3: You step to the right with a straight right leg.

“Yes, it’s a vral,” he said, smiling.

It was a Sunday with such light laughs for the Dolphins (5-7), a pick-your-favorite-story game after their fourth win in a row. The defense had three interceptions, five sacks and sent Cam Newton on the bench. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had his best game considering Carolina’s second overall defense since its Arizona victory in its second start last year.

Then there was Waddle, who struck out with a nine-catch, 137-yard day, where he finally showed The Move, as they called it in Alabama. It’s the seemingly weightless, out of body shift of acceleration in the open field he has.

Man, the dolphins love that speed. They were drawn to it in the draft. Everyone was fascinated by it in the summer workouts. There were glimpses of what was going sideways, right from the New England opening as he hit everyone to the end-zone pylon.

But the Sunday Waddle finally showed the open-field electricity. He turned a simple 10-yard slanted pass over the middle from Tua into a game-changing 57-yard reception. Such was the whole game for them, pitch and catch, nine times for like something from their easy Alabama victories.

However, this long catch was tonic for a dink-and-dunk offense. As they once announced in baseball: Chickens love the long ball. Also coaches. Waddle too. Had he been waiting to show off the vertical velocity?

“Honestly, I’m just going out there and trying to do my job,” he said. “Whatever it is they want me to do, I’m trying to go out there and execute.”

Maybe it was the fact that he was caught by Carolina cornerback Donte Jackson on the 14-yard line. But Jackson also has Waddle-like speed. The cornerback was clocked at 4.32 on his NFL combination.

“I think he had the angle on me,” Waddle said.

Maybe also, Waddle does not want to persuade the speed of the penguin-hole – uh, lower his talents in one trick. He will do it all. He did the same on Sunday.

He was the kind of recipient you would hit him with. Possession? He caught nine passes in 10 goals. Big games? That catches 57-yards. Smart? He found some open space in Carolina’s zone, lined up in the end zone and waited for Tua to find him for that touchdown.

“There are times when he gets covered and he’s still open,” Tagovailoa said. “You take a look at one of the third downs we had. I think it was [Jackson]covering him. It was a really good coverage. Jaylen was still open. ”

On Sunday, rookies shone along with the rest of the team. Security Jevon Holland had an interception. Defensive Jaelan Phillips had three of the Dolphins’ five sacks, nearly doubling the 3.5 sacks he had into this year.

And Waddle staggered.

It’s not quite, “The Ickey Shuffle,” of our time. But on a fourth Sunday in a row with smiles for the dolphins, it told the story of the day, a kind of victory march. Arms straight down. Just left leg one step forward …

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