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Jaylen Wright is eager to give the “scary” Dolphins offense more speed.
When the Miami Dolphins selected Tennessee running back Jaylen Wright in the first round, they added another sprinter to their track team offense.
Jaylen Wright, a running back for Tennessee, was a state champion in his high school sprinting competition. He will play for one of the league’s fastest offenses going forward. The Vols had their first player taken with the No. 120 pick, and the Miami Dolphins used that third-round pick the following year to move up and choose Wright in the middle of the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Shortly after getting picked, Wright got on a media conference call and mentioned moving to South Florida.

Wright has experience playing at Hard Rock Stadium. In the fourth quarter of the Vols’ Orange Bowl victory over Clemson, which concluded an 11-win 2022 season, he ran for 42 yards, totaling 89 yards on 11 carries.

During his All-SEC junior season at Tennessee, the product of Durham, North Carolina, ran for 1,013 yards and four touchdowns. He also led SEC running backs in yards per carry (7.39) and had six games with 100 yards or more. He gained 10 yards or more on over 25% of his 137 carries, and he scored touchdowns of 42, 52, 82, and 75 yards. In his three seasons at Tennessee, Wright amassed 2,297 yards and eighteen touchdowns through the air.

Here is what Wright said after being selected by the Dolphins. The player, who ran a 4.38-second 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine, now joins a Miami skills corps that includes wide receivers Tyreek Hill (4.29 speed), Jaylen Waddle (4.37), Braxton Berrios (4.44), and running backs De’Von Achane (4.32) and Raheem Mostert (4.34).

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If he had the opportunity to speak with and meet Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel during the pre-draft phase:

Indeed, I did. Miami and I had a 30-minute visit. I got to know the entire crew. It was awesome. It’s odd, but that was a squad I truly wanted to see. That was my best visit to date. You understand what I mean when I say that I’m just happy to have the chance to travel to South Beach in order to contribute that explosive aspect and aid the team.

Regarding sharing a room with Jalin Hyatt during his time at Tennessee and now joining a Dolphins team that also includes Jalen Ramey, Jaelan Phillips, and Jaylen Waddle, as well as whether he has a nickname that sets him apart:

I mean, J-Wright is what people call me. Just a little bit basic. I’m Jaylen, J-Wright; I don’t really have a well-known moniker. All of my teammates dubbed me J-Wright.

What he can provide to an attack for the Dolphins that already has an abundance of speed at the skill positions:

It’s merely giving the offense access to one more potent weapon. That simply enhances the offensive beyond what it already is. It really is going to be terrifying. Right now, I’m really fired up about the entire procedure. I’m really eager to go out there and demonstrate my point while also making the folks who rejected me feel like they know me. I’m just eager to show my aggression on the field and produce a ton of big plays.

Regarding his 22 receptions with the Vols in the previous campaign and his comfort level running routes and collecting passes:

“I’m definitely at ease here. Although we didn’t practice route running and ball catching much at Tennessee, I feel really at ease there. I play sports. Whether it’s in the passing or rushing game, I know I’m going to make big plays, so I’m just prepared to go.

Regarding his experience playing with Dolphins running back De’Von Achane and his knowledge of the 2023 third-round selection who recorded 800 yards and eight touchdowns in his debut season:

No, I haven’t met him, but I am aware of him. saw his tape while attending Texas A&M for college. He is a fantastic, quick running back. He is really evasive. He’s just a fantastic guy to take advice from, really. That person has experience here. In the League, he had a better year than me. I’m eager to meet him and the other running backs because that’s someone I can learn a lot from and take advise from.

Regarding his 4.38-second 40-second time at the NFL Scouting Combine and his all-time best unofficial 40-second time:

“My fastest unofficial time was either 4.37 or 4.36 while preparing for the Combine. Even though I know I could have run faster in Indianapolis, I’m still happy to be in the 4.3s.

At Tennessee, he ran as quickly as possible using the GPS trackers:

“Miles per hour, correct? I ran at a pace of about 23.7 mph.

Regarding the use of a cheetah in his branding logo for NIL deals and his playing partner Tyreek Hill, a wide receiver for the Dolphins who goes by “Cheetah” and goes by @cheetah on social media:

That was just an idea that my dad and I came up with a very long time ago. Well, I’ve always had a quick speed. He began referring to me as “Cheetah.” Because I already know that the Dolphins have a cheetah, I’m going to give it to him. That’s his thing, but my dad has always told me that because I’m quick. There will always be cheetah mentality, but as I previously stated, I already know there is a cheetah on the Dolphins, and I’m letting him have that.

If he has developed a fallback branding phrase or logo, it is:

“At this point, I’m unsure. Although I’m not sure yet, I will know for sure. I enjoy songs like “Lightning” and “Flash,” but I’m eager to start playing football and create a lot of plays. I’m ecstatic.

How he believes being a part of Tennessee’s offense helped him prepare for the Dolphins’ intricate and varied run game:

Throughout my time at Knoxville, particularly in my sophomore and junior years, we had receivers to spread the field. Simply spreading out the field and forcing opponents to play Cover 2, Cover 3, or Cover 1, Cover 4, is something the Dolphins excel at. All it will do is give the running backs more chances to make big, explosive plays. I really did that while I was in Tennessee. I had a lot of similar experiences at Tennessee, and I think Miami will benefit from that.

Regarding his position as the top college football player in terms of the percentage of rushes that traveled 10 yards or more, yards after contact, and whether he prefers to run through or around opponents:

It might be both or neither. I don’t believe my game is without bounds. I mean, I’m going to get around someone if it involves going around them because I feel like I can do anything. I’ll get through them too, if it’s making it through.

If he’s proud of his pass-protection skills and if there are any NFL players he’d most like to hit:

Yes, of course I’m proud of myself for keeping the quarterback safe. It is imperative to safeguard the quarterback. That man is earning several million dollars. It’s someone who needs to be safeguarded. I am proud to provide pass protection. Pass protection seems to be more of an attitude issue. You’re prepared to confront obstructionists and prevent others from approaching the quarterback. It will happen, in my opinion, if you need to adopt that mindset in order to stop them. Therefore, pass protection is a mindset that I’ve had this past year and will continue to have.

“There are a lot of excellent DBs and linebackers in this league, so those are the people I’m willing to see.” I want to be able to smear someone who crosses my path. All I want is to block and have a big exciting play to prove to myself that I’m willing to keep my quarterback safe.

Regarding what Mike McDaniel mentioned to him during his meeting with the Dolphins that he liked:

He simply like my skill set. He thinks my skill set will work well with the offensive. I agree with him that I’m a dynamic player who can produce big plays for the offense. Really, I’m just eager to get started.

 

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