Dolphins call up two pass-catching options for Patriots game

Omar Kelly, South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Miami Dolphins are promoting two skill-position players to the active roster for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots to address the team’s numerous injuries on offense.

Receiver Isaiah Ford, who was signed earlier this week following his release by the Patriots (6-7), will likely be active against the team Miami traded him in October. Also expected to be active is tight end Chris Myarick, a second-year player who has filled special teams roles in two games this season.

Ford, who has played in 16 games with the Dolphins, contributing 41 receptions for 428 yards (10.4 avg.), will likely return to the first-team slot receiver role he held before the trade, which will bring the Dolphins a 2022 sixth-round pick.

The Dolphins (8-5) could use Ford’s savvy route running for the final stretch of games as they attempt to qualify for the postseason as DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant have been hampered by hamstring injuries. Parker, the Dolphins’ leading receiver, and Grant, who serves as Miami’s primary return specialist, will likely play on Sunday. But don’t be surprised if their roles and snaps are limited.

Ford’s keen understanding of Miami’s offense, and his ability to play all three receiver spots will likely ease some of the pressure youngsters such as Lynn Bowden Jr., Malcolm Perry and Antonio Callaway have been under. Since his departure, the Dolphins haven’t had effective play from the slot receiver position.

Myarick’s promotion doesn’t indicate whether tight end Mike Gesicki, who is nursing a shoulder injury he suffered in last week’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, will play on Sunday because Myarick was active last week, while Gesicki was healthy.

If Gesicki doesn’t play against the Patriots, expect Adam Sheehen and Durham Smythe to handle the bulk of the tight end snaps, and for Ford to be used as the inside receiver, which is a role Gesicki occasionally fills.