Could Eazy-E Become X Factor for Dolphins Offense?

Miami Dolphins 2022 fourth-round pick Erik Ezukanma missed most of last season because of a neck injury.
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The Miami Dolphins brought in a lot of new faces for their wide receiver corps this offseason, but the group of incumbents also includes one guy who might as well be a newcomer.

And while it's easy to forget about Erik Ezukanma after the arrivals of high-profile veteran Odell Beckham Jr. and draft picks Malik Washington and Tahj Washington, let's not forget the intriguing potential that Ezukanma flashed last season before he was sidelined by a neck injury.

While it was only a May practice with most of the team's front-line players absent, Ezukanma stood out among the wide receivers at the OTA open to the media Tuesday.

It almost as though he was serving a reminder not to dismiss him when it comes to projected the wide receivers who not only could be on the 53-man roster but those who could contribute.

"I feel like I'm a baller," Ezukanma said after the OTA on Tuesday. "So honestly, like, bringing in guys to help with the depth, but overall, when training camp comes, that's when you make the team."

The Dolphins clearly are going to have to make some tough decisions at wide receiver when it comes time to get to the 53-man roster, though Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle and Beckham clearly will make the team.

Beyond those two, it could be a free-for-all among returning veterans Braxton Berrios and River Cracraft, the two rookie draft picks, and Ezukanma.


Ezukanma is back after missing all but two games last season because of a neck injury he admits had him wondering about his NFL future for a bit.

Ezukanma said he was medically cleared before the end of the 2023 season and says he's now completely healthy.

"Everybody goes through their adversities," he said. "And all those things that I feel like ... we're here now and I'm ready to go."

Before he was sidelined last year with an injury that head coach Mike McDaniel said dated back to his college days at Texas Tech, Ezukanma had been used last summer in somewhat of a Deebo Samuel role for the Dolphins.

In his two 2023 games, he had only one reception, but had five rushing attempts for 22 yards and a touchdown. And that followed two impressive runs in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons, including a 39-yard gain off a jet sweep.

Ezukanma naturally would love nothing more than to get more of those kind of opportunities in 2024, and it could be yet another way for the Dolphins offense to attack defenses.

"I feel like with the ball in my hands, that's where I'm most lethal," said Ezukanma, who also brings some size to the wide receiver position. "I feel like I'm an all-around player, so ... versatile. Being in the backfield, getting tosses, going downfield, deep shots over the middle, wherever you need me, I can do that."


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Alain Poupart


Alain Poupart is the publisher/editor of and co-host of the All Dolphins Podcast. Alain has covered the Miami Dolphins on a full-time basis since 1989 for various publications and media outlets, including Dolphin Digest, The Associated Press, the Dolphins team website, and the Fan Nation Network (part of Sports Illustrated). In addition to being a credentialed member of the Miami Dolphins press corps, Alain has covered three Super Bowls (for, Football News and the Montreal Gazette), the annual NFL draft, the Senior Bowl, and the NFL Scouting Combine. During his almost 40 years in journalism, which began at the now-defunct Miami News, Alain has covered practically every sport at one time or another, from tennis to golf, baseball, basketball and everything in between. The career also included time as a copy editor, including work on several books such as "Still Perfect," an inside look at the Miami Dolphins' 1972 perfect season. A native of Montreal, Canada, whose first language is French, Alain grew up a huge hockey fan but soon developed a love for all sports, including NFL football. He has lived in South Florida since the 1980s.