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Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is “excited” about adding Lynn Bowden Jr.

One team’s stupidity is another team’s brilliance, at least that’s how we’re going analyze this.

The Las Vegas Raiders made the confusing decision to trade away their third-round pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, former Kentucky quarterback/wide receiver/magician Lynn Bowden Jr. to the Miami Dolphins. The Raiders’ front office had to attach a future sixth-round pick to Bowden just to bring back a fourth-round pick. What made the situation even more head-scratching was the fact that the regular season is only one week away and Bowden had yet to play so much as a preseason snap.

The explanation as to why the Raiders seemingly dumped a versatile offensive weapon without even watching him play never added up, with fingers quickly being pointed to Bowden’s apparent lack of skills in the pass blocking area. Beyond that, his character was also being questioned, despite him never being in any actual trouble in the eyes of the public.

But when one team makes a rash decision, there’s always going to be one that will come in to reap the benefits. In this instance, that team is hopefully the Miami Dolphins. Just days after the trade, Miami head coach Brian Flores had some encouragement for the first-year wide do-it-all man, saying he was “excited” to bring Bowden onboard.

“I’m excited about both Lynn and Malcolm [Perry] from a talent standpoint,” Flores said, according to the Miami Herald. “Tough, competitive guys. We did a lot of work on Lynn pre-draft and when the trade was an option, we did a lot more work.

While we don’t know how much playing time Bowden might see in the season opener, if any, considering he’ll have to learn an entire offseason’s worth of Dolphins content in roughly one week, we do know that he’ll be someone the team looks to utilize down the road.

“We’re excited about having him join our team. There’s a lot he’s going to have to learn. He’s not going to jump out and start playing. He has to learn how we do things. He’s got a lot to learn and [that takes] a little bit of time. We’re excited to have him.”

I’m going to compare this situation in terms of the NBA and its Radiers equivalent, the New York Knicks. Have you ever wondered why it is that so many basketball players have short-tenured runs in the Big Apple and then have a falling out with the organization before going on to become much more reliable and successful players immediately somewhere else? In just the last few years, we can point to guys such as Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., J.R. Smith, just to name a few. When I think about the Raiders’ past mistakes, picking JaMarcus Russell over Calvin Johnson in the 2007 NFL Draft is the first thing that comes to mind. You can never trust an organization like that, especially one that has had the same ownership family since 1972 and only one playoff appearance since 2003. Take it from someone who’s been cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers for over 15 years.

The Dolphins are excited about Bowden, and that’s more than the Raiders have been able to say about him over the last month.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

8 Comments for Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is “excited” about adding Lynn Bowden Jr.

  1. JC3
    10:22 pm September 8, 2020 Permalink

    Well the Author of this post did a wonderful job explaining this situation I would also like to add that the Raiders passed on Josh Allen last year! That just about says it all.

    • dcforuk
      10:27 pm September 8, 2020 Permalink

      Not only did the raiders not pick Josh Allen but they did not even pick one of the next best players. They picked someone who was around 25 or so on most draft boards. Maybe Lynn was a 4th rounder. Either way, it probably best he is out of the Raiders organization.

  2. Tywhoppity
    10:23 pm September 8, 2020 Permalink

    Dolphins play at the Raiders on 12/27, and I hope LB gets 3 TDs on them!

  3. magimae
    10:51 pm September 8, 2020 Permalink

    I liked Gruden when he did play by play for ESPN, put his ability to select talent is poor, probably another short lived career as a head coach in the NFL. Prove him wrong Lynn and have an out standing rookie season with the Dolphins, wishing you the best.

  4. ukwildcat1991
    11:32 pm September 8, 2020 Permalink

    Lynn how to sit back his freshman year some to and learn. He will be patient this time.

    • BowdenQB4ever
      12:52 am September 9, 2020 Permalink

      Well said!

  5. kjd
    9:57 am September 9, 2020 Permalink

    Raiders were excited when they drafted him. Changed after practice started.
    Dolphins are excited to get him. Time will tell from here.

    • dcforuk
      5:40 pm September 9, 2020 Permalink

      The right “fit” is important in MLB, NBA and NFL but the right fit in the NFL seems 2-3x as important than those other professional sports.