84 days away from kickoff. The player of the day? Former Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers, who rocked number ’84’ for the Dolphins from 2001 to 2007. Chambers, in hindsight, feels like something of an under-appreciated gem of those early 2000s Dolphins squads. With 5,688 receiving yards and 43 touchdowns in six and a half seasons in South Florida, Chambers was productive, exciting and dynamic with the ball in the air.
In the lexicon of great receivers in team history, Chambers isn’t often mentioned. But then again, the other great receivers in team history didn’t catch their passes from Jay Fiedler, A.J. Feeley, Gus Ferrotte, Joey Harrington, Dante Culpepper and Cleo Lemon.
Chambers should be remembered much more for the mind boggling high point catches he unleashed on the NFL during his tenure with the team. It was well established that Chambers was an explosive talent — he ran 4.33s in the 40-yard dash and leapt an incredible 45 inches in the vertical at 210 pounds at the 2001 NFL Combine. Those numbers today would have prompted a first round selection — Chambers went 52nd overall in 2001.
But when you saw Chambers apply those skills on the field, it was something special. Who could ever forget his leaping, game-winning touchdown against the Buffalo Bills with just 0:07 left in 2005? Or his touchdown against the Patriots in that same season — where Chambers seemingly out-jumped the 45 inches he tested at the Combine?
While the Dolphins organization may look back on the early 2000s as years of squandered opportunity, fans should look back in appreciation of guys like Chris Chambers — who kept Sundays fun, even if Miami never made it to the promised land.
Published at Sun, 16 Jun 2019 14:55:21 +0000