Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson was on track for a career year with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 until injury struck. Now he’s hoping to make it back by Week 1.
Albert Wilson was well on his way to a breakout performance.
After four years of emerging as a nice success story for John Dorsey and the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent turned dependable wideout, Wilson struck free agent gold in 2018 when the Miami Dolphins offered to pay him $8 million per year for three seasons. Wilson had not only worked hard to make himself an asset on the active roster, but he’d also showcased enough potential to be noticed by other teams. The Dolphins were hoping to invigorate a tepid offense, and Wilson fit the bill as part of the offensive makeover.
Unfortunately for Wilson, after six productive weeks, a hip injury took him out in Week 7, an injury from which he’s still recovering. Wilson averaged a career high 55 yards/game last year for the Fins and also was as efficient as ever with a nice catch rate of 74 percent—nearly 7 points higher than any season catching passes from Alex Smith in K.C. In just six games, Wilson had 26 catches for 391 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns—rates that would have placed him in a much bigger spotlight over the course of a full season.
In order to recapture that form, Wilson is going to have to come back strong from a hip injury that still has him out for the full spring calendar. Right now, Wilson says he’s hitting every benchmark given to him in his rehabilitation, which is very good, and he’s on time to be back by Week 1. But even then it will have been some time since he’s worked out healthy and been in game shape. It might take Wilson some time once he’s able to return to the field.
Wilson had 124 catches for 1,544 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns in his four-year career with the Chiefs.