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Miami Dolphins Player Profile: DeVonte Dedmon

Miami Dolphins DeVonte Dedmon

The Miami Dolphins made an exciting move by signing Canadian Football League star DeVonte Dedmon to a futures contract. Dedmon is a receiver, but excels the most on special teams, particularly during punt and kickoff returns. This article will give all the information you need to know about one of the Dolphins’ newer signings.

Dedmon at William and Mary

Before his professional football career, Dedmon played football for the Tribe of William and Mary. Dedmon racked over 2,000 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns during his time with the Tribe. During his senior season, he had 605 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He was an All CAA third-team selection that year and ranked fifth in receiving yards per game with an average of 67.2. Dedmon also did kick and punt returns for William and Mary. As for kick returns, he had 1,364 yards and one touchdown, which is ultra-impressive.  He is one of the best William and Mary receivers in school history.

Dedmon in the CFL

After his time with William and Mary, Dedmon signed a contract with the Ottawa Redblacks, where he found major success as a kick and punt returner. In 2019, Dedmon averaged 15.5 yards per punt return and racked up 339 yards. His long that year was a 95-yard return. He also had one return for a touchdown. As for kickoff returns in 2019, Dedmon had 542 yards in kickoff returns and two touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 33.90 yards per return.


Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press.

As for 2021, Dedmon excelled even more in punt and kickoff returns. He had 737 yards in punt return yardage and two touchdowns. His long was 73 yards. Dedmon killed his 2019 season total in kickoff return yardage with of over 1,000 yards in 2021.  He also took one back for a touchdown that year. His long was a 100-yard kickoff return. Dedmon won the outstanding special teams award for that year. Dedmon also broke a CFL record as he had 5 return touchdowns in his first 15 games in the CFL.

What can he do for the Dolphins?

Dedmon has a lot of speed and was one the fastest people on the field when he was in Canada. He would make a dangerous returner for Miami. Dedmon has vision and can find room to return kicks for a big amount of yardage. Furthermore, he can make defenders miss with his ability to shed tackles and juke defenders out with his speed and elusiveness. Dedmon can also help the Dolphins on offense as a receiver. He is a smaller receiver as he is 5’11 but could really make an impact in the short passing game, where Dedmon could use his speed to gain most of his yardage.

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Dedmon is on a futures contract, which means he will be working on the practice squad but will not be able to sign with a different team. It is possible that we could see Dedmon in a Dolphins uniform next season, if he performs well in training camp and practice. More than likely though, Dedmon will need some time to prepare for the next level so he can adapt to the NFL. It is more likely that one could see Dedmon suit up in the NFL in 2023. In conclusion, DeVonte Dedmon is an exciting pick-up for the Miami Dolphins and is a very underrated signing.

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