Training camps are underway throughout the NFL as teams are gearing up for their first preseason games. Free agents are waiting for the call as organizations are figuring out which positions they need to address in the coming weeks.
One player that is patiently waiting to sign with a new team is Will Fuller. Fuller had a disappointing 2021 season as he appeared in only two games with the Miami Dolphins, dealing with a fractured finger and some off-the-field issues.
Injuries have been a problem for him throughout his career as he has missed multiple games in every season of his career. He has missed at least five games in five consecutive seasons, as the injury concerns for him are legitimate.
When he is on the field, Fuller can be an impactful player. He is a handful for teams on deep routes, as he has a full route tree down the field. Fuller would be an upgrade for the majority of rosters around the league as well.
Where could he end up? Here are three teams that should consider signing Fuller this offseason.
3. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys suffered a pretty significant loss this week in practice. Wide receiver James Washington was fallen into by cornerback Trevon Diggs and suffered a Jones fracture as a result of it.
Dallas already had a thin receiver corps with Washington healthy. Without him, they will be tested as there isn’t much experience beyond CeeDee Lamb. Lamb is the only healthy player on the depth chart that has caught a touchdown in the NFL.
Needing some experience, the Cowboys would be smart to check in with Will Fuller. The speed that he possesses would help immensely as a complement to Lamb on the opposite side of the field.
Dallas is a team that could also survive should Fuller suffer another injury. They have Lamb cemented as the No. 1 with Michael Gallup and Washington eventually returning to the lineup. Rookie Jalen Tolbert will also factor into the mix. Fuller would provide a nice spark and insurance early in the season as they await reinforcements.
2. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers lost a lot of wide receiver talent this offseason. Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders and Marquez Valdes-Scantling signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Replacing that much production isn’t easy, as Green Bay took a quantity approach to do so. Sammy Watkins was signed in free agency and they selected Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs in the 2022 NFL Draft in the second and fourth rounds. They are joining holdovers from last season in Allen Lazard, Amari Rodgers and Randall Cobb.
The Packers could certainly use a little more experience at the position and should make a call to Will Fuller. Fuller would be a low-risk, high-reward signing by Green Bay as he could be a difference maker at the wide receiver spot when healthy.
Fuller isn’t reliable from an availability standpoint, but when he is on the field, he is more than capable of getting the job done. Aaron Rodgers could use more established talent at the wide receiver position and Fuller would provide that.
1. Baltimore Ravens
Heading into the second week of training camp, there may not be a wide receiver group as uninspiring as what the Baltimore Ravens have. There is a lot of pressure on second-year pass catcher Rashod Bateman after the team traded Marquise Brown during the 2022 NFL Draft.
Bateman will assume the No. 1 role in the offense with Devin Duvernay and Colin Proche II behind him. Tight end Mark Andrews is among the best players in the NFL at his position, but Baltimore certainly isn’t doing Lamar Jackson any favors with the wide receiver weapons that he has.
Will Fuller would be a good target for them given his skill set. Jackson, despite his reputation, can sling the ball down the field but the team is lacking a burner to take advantage of that. He has a more polished route tree than Brown did and the two could find a lot of success working with each other.
The concerns about Fuller staying on the field are legitimate, but the Ravens badly need an infusion of talent at the position. If Fuller is looking for the best chance to rehab his value, Baltimore presents him with an excellent opportunity to do so.