Are Chase Claypool, Robbie Chosen in Dolphins’ future plans at wide receiver?

Over the past year, the Miami Dolphins brought in a pair of veteran wide receivers that were considered risky propositions as far as disrupting the locker room dynamic.

Chase Claypool and Robbie Chosen, although carrying questionable reputations before joining the Dolphins, never seemed to shake up the chemistry last season in Miami, but neither of the previously prolific receivers produced much either.

Each had just four receptions on the season, with the one real highlight being Chosen’s 68-yard touchdown in garbage time of Miami’s 70-20 Week 3 win over the Denver Broncos.

As the Dolphins sought a third receiving option behind Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle to emerge in 2023, no one truly rose to the occasion between Cedrick Wilson Jr., Braxton Berrios, River Cracraft, Claypool and Chosen.

Now, that whole group hits free agency, and the only active-roster Dolphins wide receivers signed for 2024 are Hill, Waddle and rising third-year player Erik Ezukanma, after spending much of 2023 on the non-football injury list for a neck ailment. Miami also has speedy South Florida local Anthony Schwartz among players on futures contracts, along with Braylon Sanders and Matthew Sexton.

Are Claypool and Chosen part of any future plans?

“I haven’t put any time in thinking about it,” said Claypool at the Dolphins’ locker cleanout day last month following their playoff elimination against the eventual Super Bowl-champion Kansas City Chiefs. “But I’m definitely interested to see — yeah, I’m just interested. This is my first time being in this situation.”

Said Chosen, a former South Plantation High standout, about possibly rejoining his hometown Dolphins: “That’s in God’s destiny for me.”

The Dolphins traded for Claypool Oct. 6. Coach Mike McDaniel, while never getting him extensively involved in the offense as he got further acclimated to the playbook, often referred to packages the team had prepared for him that he didn’t quite get to.

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Claypool, who turns 26 in July, ended up with just four receptions for 26 yards. This for a receiver who once starred as a rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020 when he scored 11 total touchdowns, including four in a game.

“Definitely very disappointed just in terms of what I think I could’ve offered,” Claypool said. “Definitely fell short of all my goals this year, but some of them just was a good learning experience just being here. And I got to right the wrongs down on my name now, so at least the offseason will be good for that.”

Chosen, who turns 31 this offseason, was signed last April, competed for a roster spot and didn’t make the initial 53-man roster, but he spent much of the year with the active roster after first being placed on the practice squad. He finished with four catches for 126 yards, 68 on that touchdown against Denver after once being a 1,000-yard receiver in 2020 with the Carolina Panthers after a solid first four campaigns with the New York Jets.

While each fell short of expectations, they took positives away from the experience in Miami.

“I enjoyed my time here, for sure,” Claypool said. “It was nice being in the same room as a lot of these receivers, especially with Wes, as well, being able to teach me the game and talk about things that other coaches probably can’t talk about as comfortably. Obviously, having Mike as a head coach was really cool.”

Said Chosen: “It was a cool experience. … I learned a lot. I feel like I definitely grew a lot as a man and as a football player.”

Chosen added he’s open to working with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the offseason.

“I’m always open to grinding and getting better,” he said.

The Dolphins, in 2023, had Hill and Waddle account for just more than 50 percent of the team’s targets, despite Hill missing a game and Waddle missing three. Finding more viable pass-catchers, whether in a third wide receiver or at tight end, could go a long way in evolving McDaniel’s offense in his third season at the helm.

Whether back in Miami or not, both Claypool and Chosen probably did well for their reputations in league circles after not causing any known locker room trouble with the Dolphins.