Leonte Carroo is expected to be the No. 4 receiver again for the Dolphins this season, which means he has minimal Fantasy value in seasonal leagues. There was a chance Carroo was headed for a bigger role this year when the offseason started, but Miami made the surprise move to keep free agent Kenny Stills. Carroo will likely see minimal playing time if Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Stills are healthy, and Miami added another option in seventh-round rookie Isaiah Ford from Virginia Tech in the NFL Draft, so Carroo is not worth drafting in the majority of seasonal leagues. Now, if Landry leaves after this season as a free agent, Carroo's stock could subsequently rise. He's worth a look in deep dynasty and keeper leagues, but owners must be patient with Carroo until he gets the chance for an extended look with the Dolphins.
Carroo (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Carroo sat out Sunday's session due to a minor hamstring issue, but returned to the fold for the start of joint practices with the Eagles this week. If all goes well, the wideout will be able to partake in Thursday's preseason tilt with Philadelphia.
Carroo missed practice Sunday due to a hamstring injury, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. The injury is not considered to be serious at this point in time and the Dolphins hope that Carroo will return to practice in a few days. He is in a battle with several other receivers for fourth on the team's depth chart, but likely won't have a big role in the offense unless an injury were to occur to Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker or Kenny Stills.
Carroo turned his only target into a 33-yard touchdown in Thursday's 23-20 preseason win over the Falcons. Carroo made an impression with his lone target in this one, fighting off a defender and making a superb acrobatic catch in the end zone. He saw just six targets in 2016 as a rookie, but Carroo has flashed ability in the past and could compete for a larger role this season in what is not an especially deep receiving corps in Miami.
Carroo is entering the 2017 season in better shape than he was before his rookie year, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports. "Last year didn't go as well as I wanted it to, so I really honed in on working as hard as I can to be not only a better receiver, but a better student of the game," Carroo said. "I lost a ton of weight off the field, eating better, eating healthier. Kenny Stills got me involved in Pilates. I was doing that to loosen up my hips and be a more fluid receiver. Just doing the little things that I didn't do before to make my Year 2 even better." The Dolphins surrendered 2017 third- and fourth-round picks in order to move up and draft Carroo in the third round in 2016, but the Rutgers product hardly looked worth the haul during his rookie season. He caught just three passes on six targets for 29 yards and a score while plummeting on the depth chart along the way. It's encouraging to hear that Carroo is doing what's necessary from a conditioning standpoint to put himself in the best position to succeed, but he has a lot more to prove in order to secure the No. 4 receiver job. He may even need to chip in on special teams if he wants to avoid being inactive on game days.
Carroo will have a tough time earning a larger role as he enters his second season, the Miami Herald reports. The Dolphins made an aggressive trade to move up and select Carroo in the third round of last year's draft, despite already having fellow wideouts Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills on the roster. Stills was entering the final year of his contract after an ugly 2015 season, but he bounced back strong in 2016 and then re-signed with the team this offseason. Carroo is coming off a debut season in which he only caught three passes on 103 snaps and was ultimately dropped to the bottom of the depth chart behind fellow rookies Rashawn Scott and Jakeem Grant. Barring an injury to one of Miami's top-3 wideouts, Carroo likely will enter training camp competing with Scott and Grant for the No. 4 job.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/10||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||22.88|
|2||09/17||@Los Angeles Chargers||9||20.75|
|3||09/24||@New York Jets||18||22.75|
|4||10/01||New Orleans Saints||28||24.75|
|7||10/22||New York Jets||18||22.75|
|12||11/26||@New England Patriots||7||19.74|
|14||12/12||New England Patriots||7||19.74|
|16||12/24||@Kansas City Chiefs||17||22.41|
|3 Year Avg||6||3||29||1||2||9.67||8|