The Miami view on Camarillo

The Vikings continued their accumulation of wide receivers Wednesday with a trade for former Dolphin Greg Camarillo. What's the scouting report on him from a writer down in Florida? Alain Poupart of Dolphin Digest gives his thoughts in going beyond the stats.

Even though he appeared to fall to fourth on the pecking order at wide receiver, it still was somewhat surprising to see the Dolphins trade Greg Camarillo.

While the not most athletically gifted receiver around, Camarillo has been nothing but dependable since joining the Dolphins early in the 2007 season. The guy finds a way to get open and is sure-handed.

He'll be most remembered in Miami for his 64-yard overtime touchdown against Baltimore late in the 2007 season that gave the Dolphins their only victory of the season.

But that was a rare big play for Camarillo, who just doesn't have the speed to break away from defenders.

In that respect, he's a lot like Dolphins receiver Davone Bess, who is just a little bit better at getting open and returns punts on top of that. With the trade for Brandon Marshall in the offseason, Camarillo was running fourth behind Marshall, Bess and second-year wideout Brian Hartline.

Used the right way, Camarillo is a tremendous complementary receiver who also can contribute on special teams. He's also a great character guy who never makes waves and did a lot of work in the community.

Camarillo was named the Dolphins' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award last year, along with Akin Ayodele, and he also earned the Pro Football Writers of America Good Guy Award for his cooperation with the South Florida media.


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