Why the Miami Dolphins believe Malcolm Perry might flourish at wide receiver

Malcolm Perry can play receiver, running back and quarterback.


By JOE SCHAD | The Palm Beach Post, Fla. | Published: August 18, 2020

MIAMI (Tribune News Service) — Malcolm Perry is listed as a running back on the Dolphins' roster, but the team feels he also has the potential to make an impact at wide receiver.

Perry was an excellent rushing quarterback at Navy. But the Dolphins have an opening at receiver and it seems the seventh rounder is going to get a legitimate chance to contribute.

"He's got good quickness, he's got good hands," Miami coach Brian Flores said Tuesday. "He's an instinctive player. He's got a good feel for the game. As a college quarterback who can play receiver and running back we're asking him to do a few different things."

Perry is 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, which obviously would lend more toward a slot role than an outside receiver role. Perry worked at the NFL Scouting Combine as a receiver though the Dolphins identified him as a running back right away.

Because Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns have opted out due to concerns about COVID-19, there is a better opportunity at that position at the moment.

It's possible the Dolphins could line up with DeVante Parker, Preston Williams and Jakeem Grant in a three-receiver set. But it also makes sense for players like Perry, Isaiah Ford and Chester Rogers to get chances to make their case, too.

The Patriots were interested in Perry, based on the time they spent with him prior to the draft. In an ideal situation, Perry makes the kind of transition from college quarterback to receiver that Julian Edelman of Kent State once did.

But we're a long way from being able to make that comparison.

"The techniques, the fundamentals, playing at this level for a rookie, the competition, the speed of the game, that's kind of what he's going through and really all the rookies are going through," Flores said.

If Perry does not emerge in the next three-plus weeks as an option for many regular-season receiver reps, he undoubtedly could be a factor in special teams and as a Kordell Stewart gadget type player on Sundays.

The Dolphins, like all NFL teams, will be able to dress two additional players each Sunday, with one required to be an offensive lineman.

"So far he's done a good job," Flores said. "But we've got a long way to go in a short amount of time. He is doing a good job. He loves to play. He loves to compete. There's a lot to like about him. We'll see how this shakes. There's a lot of competition."

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Malcolm Perry, as Navy's quarterback in 2019.

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