Jennings announced Monday that he will retire from the NFL. The 32-year-old wide receiver out of Western Michigan ends his 10-year career with 571 receptions, 8,291 yards and 64 touchdowns to go along with two Pro Bowl selections. Jennings recorded three seasons in a row in Green Bay with at least 1,100 receiving yards and will be remembered as one of the most productive wideouts the franchise has seen. Unfortunately for Jennings, he was never able to return to Pro Bowl-level production after leaving Green Bay for Minnesota in 2013, but at his peak, he was one of the most productive receiving threats in the NFL.
Jennings was released by the Dolphins on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. The 32-year-old played in all 16 games for Miami last season but was an afterthought in the offense, seeing just 36 targets. He has done little since leaving Green Bay after the 2012 season, and it's hard to imagine Jennings will return to relevance in 2016 no matter where he lands.
Jennings only had 19 receptions for 208 yards and one touchdown despite playing in every game this season. Jennings still has a contract to play in Miami next season but the emergence of Rishard Matthews and DeVante Parker relegated him to a backup roll in the second half of the season. The Dolphins and Jennings could look to part ways during the off-season.
Jennings was targeted once in Sunday's win over the Eagles, catching a nine-yard pass. After averaging over 40 snaps per game in the season's first four contests, Jennings has seen his role in Miami reduced dramatically under interim head coach Dan Campbell. In five games under Campbell, Jennings has yet to top 28 snaps and has been held in the single digits four times, including a season low of two on Sunday. Not surprisingly, Jennings production has suffered as a result, as he has combined for just four catches in the five games.
Jennings was targeted twice, but did not record a catch in Sunday's loss to Buffalo. Jennings has now been held catchless in consecutive games, seeing the field on just eight total snaps in the Dolphins' losses to New England and Buffao, according to Pro Football Focus. Not surprisingly, Kenny Stills saw his second and third biggest games of the season during the contests. Firmly situated as Miami's No. 4 receiver on a team with an excellent pass-catching running back in Lamar Miller, Jennings is unlikely to generate enough points to warrant inclusion on fantasy teams.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|9||11/06||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|10||11/13||@San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|11||11/20||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|12||11/27||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|15||12/18||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|17||01/01||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|3 Year Avg||78||49||585||4||28||11.94||82|