MIAMI – For the second week in a row, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jalen Waddle showed why he might be the NFL’s best No. 2 pass rusher. Waddle took a pass from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa 84 yards to the end zone for the Dolphins’ longest game of the season.
On the first play of their second drive against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Tagovailoa found Waddle on a 10-yard slant and Waddle took it from there, hitting a top speed of 21.68 mph, tied for sixth. The fastest recorded time by any ball carrier this season, according to NFL Next Gen Stats.
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His 69 receiving yards are the most by any player this season and the most by a Dolphins player since 2016, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. Waddle entered the game with the eighth most receiving yards in the NFL.
Tagovailoa tied Dan Marino and Bob Griese with his fifth touchdown pass of at least 50 yards. He has thrown for at least 60 yards in each of the Dolphins’ last four games. Miami also leads the league in touchdowns after finishing last season.
The aerial display continued in the second quarter when Tagovailoa found wide receiver Tyreek Hill 52 yard completion which set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Jeff Wilson Jr. on the next play. The reception tied both a single-season career high and a franchise single-season record with 112 for Hill.
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