Through 11 games last season with the Houston Texans, Will Fuller had already set career highs across the board (53 receptions for 879 yards and eight touchdowns). He had stayed healthy all season, and asserted himself as Deshaun Watson’s No. 1 target with DeAndre Hopkins gone.
But then Fuller got hit with a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and missed the final five games of the season. He entered free agency with one game to serve on that suspension, which seemed to naturally affect interest in him. The Miami Dolphins ultimately signed him to a one-year deal. It’s clearly a “prove-it” deal for Fuller. After being injury-prone early in his career, he seems intent on doing just that.
Fuller spoke about the opportunity the Dolphins have given him.
“This was my first free agency, so I just took it as I wanted to go to a team that wanted me,” Fuller said. “The Dolphins showed the most interest. That’s why I chose the Dolphins. And, of course, I knew we have a great team here and we could do great things. Ever since I’ve been here, it’s been great. I love the culture here. It’s just been easy to be here. Like I said, I’ve been in the building as much as I can. I enjoy being here. I’m happy the Dolphins took a chance on me.”
The Dolphins made an effort to surround Tua Tagovailoa with speed this offseason, signing Fuller and drafting Jaylen Waddle sixth overall. Fuller talked about that too.
“You can’t teach speed and we do have that on this team,” Fuller told reporters Friday. “Not just me and Waddle, there are other players with speed, too. It’s going to be fun. We’re going to do what the coaches ask of us and we just going to be playing fast and we going to make some stuff happen.”
If Fuller produces like he did last year before his suspension, he may secure a nice multi-year deal to stay in Miami for awhile.