Highlight-reel catches have been popular across NFL training camps this week. Kansas City Chiefs wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster already has two under his belt, while Miami Dolphins sophomore Jaylen Waddle threw his hat into the mix by showcasing his own athletic ability on Thursday.
After quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw a pass that was a touch too high, Waddle used his impressive leaping ability to come down with an acrobatic catch. Considering that the 23-year-old's waist was nearly as high as 5-foot-9 cornerback Kader Kohou's head, that should give you an idea of how high Waddle leapt.
The good news for fans is that the Dolphins uploaded a video of Waddle's eye-popping feat to their Twitter page.
On top of his beautiful catch, Waddle caught a total of two passes from Tagovailoa, as well as one from backup QB Teddy Bridgewater. His solid performance comes one day after he was named Player of the Day following Wednesday's practice.
You can't fault Dolphins fans for expecting big things from the 2021 sixth overall pick next season. Not only is he among the most athletic wideouts in terms of leaping, but he's also one of the fastest, having consistently burned defenders as a rookie.
Playing 16 games as a Dolphins rookie, Waddle paced his teammates in receptions (104), receiving yards (1,015) and touchdowns through the air (six). With All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill now in Miami's WR room, Waddle could cause even more headaches depending on which pass-catcher opponents focus on.
Obviously, the above video is only practice and it's not as easy to pull those feats off in a regular-season game. Nevertheless, Waddle is talented enough to do it as long as he can avoid the infamous sophomore slump.
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