Is Malcolm Perry the Miami Dolphins X factor?

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The Miami Dolphins selected Malcolm Perry with the 246th overall pick in the seventh round. The Draft pick was acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018 via trade for Defensive back Jordan Lucas.

Malcolm Perry breaks FBS

Perry started several games at running back and quarterback in 2017 and 2018 before advancing to full-time as QB in 2019. Perry achieved second in the FBS standings in rushing yards in 2019 and third in rushing touchdowns with 21. The Navy product rushed for more than 1000 yards each of the prior seasons. As a QB, he threw for over 1000 yards and had seven touchdowns in 2019.

Breaking records

His senior season at QB Perry established Navy Football records for rushing yards per game at 155 and achieved a passer rating of 181.6. Additionally, the Navy standout had 26 runs of 20 yards or more to led the nation. “He made everybody else better,” offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper replied. “All of the deficiencies we had on offense, he made up for it with his legs.”

Comparison to Julian Edelman

Many compare Perry to one of the NFL’s best wideouts, Julian Edelman. Edelman, has made a successful transition from throwing the ball in college, to catching it in the NFL. In addition, Edelman was also selected in the seventh round but by the New England Patriots with the 232nd pick. Both players were considered undersized to play in the NFL, Perry is 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, Edelman was 5-feet-10, 198 pounds coming out of Kent State Golden Flashes when he got drafted.

Speed kills, right?

Coming out of college, both Perry and Edleman were both considered some of the shiftiest players. Coach Ken Niumatalolo calls Perry the best runner he has coached in his 13 years with the Navy Football program. Watching tape and highlights of Perry, you’ll see him juking defenders, spinning out of sacks, and cutting back across the field to reach the end zone.

 

The Miami way.

Given the culture, Brian Flores has installed within the Dolphins organization, this type of player does not surprise anyone. Flores, who spent the large part of his coaching career under Bill Belichick, has seen how effective the Patriots have coached Edleman. A player who was returning punts to one of Tom Brady’s go-to receivers. Perry can prove to be the X-factor to an offense that will be led by Tua Tagovailoa.

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