Camp preview: Wide receivers

The Dolphins will open their 40th training camp when they hold the first practice on Monday, July 25 at the team's training facility in Davie. We preview what should be an interesting camp under new head coach Nick Saban with a position-by-position analysis of the team heading into camp. In this installment, we look at the wide receivers.

Wide receivers on the roster: Ronald Bellamy (1st season), Marty Booker (7th season), David Boston (7th season), Chris Chambers (5th season), Josh Davis (rookie), Bryan Gilmore (5th season), Maurice Mann (2nd season), Kendall Newson (3rd season), Derrius Thompson (7th season), Wes Welker (2nd season).

Summary: The Dolphins receiving corps has been rather ho-hum in recent years, but the team could have its best one-two-three punch in a long time in 2005 if David Boston can stay healthy. Beyond those three, the Dolphins have a lot of young players with some potential, along with kick returner Wes Welker.

The battles: The Dolphins generally keep five or six wide receivers, and there might be some tough decisions coming for the last two spots. At this point, it would appear that Chambers and Booker would be the starters, even though Boston could make a push if he shows in training camp and the preseason he's completely back after last year's knee injury and he's serious about regaining the form that made hi made a Pro Bowl player in Arizona. Welker also will make the team because of his kick returning ability. The battle for the last two spots, assuming the Dolphins go with six wideouts, figures to come down to Kendall Newson, Bryan Gilmore and Derrius Thompson. Newson showed promise before his season-ending Achilles injury last summer, Gilmore look good in spot duty last year, while Thompson's great size is a benefit, particularly near the end zone. Josh Davis is a good-looking rookie free agent, but he has a tough battle ahead of him.

Projected starters: Chris Chambers, Marty Booker

Projected on the 53-man roster: Chambers, Booker, David Boston, Wes Welker, Bryan Gilmore, Derrius Thompson

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