The Miami Dolphins are bringing a Miami native home. Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Ricardo Louis is joining the Dolphins on a one-year contract, according to Pro Football Talk. Born and raised in Miami, Louis will now return to South Florida to try to restart his NFL career after missing 2018 with a neck injury.
Louis was a fourth-round selection by the Browns in 2016 out of Auburn. He played in all 32 games for the Browns his first two seasons, starting 12 times. He has 45 receptions in his career for 562 yards.
The former Miami Beach Senior High School product ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine back in 2016. He will join Jakeem Grant (4.34), Brice Butler (4.37), Kenny Stills (4.38), Albert Wilson (4.43), and DeVante Parker (4.45) in a wide receiver group featuring players who ran a 4.45 or faster 40-yard dash. Miami’s other wide receiver, Isaiah Ford, ran a 4.61.
The Browns waived Louis in April. He does not factor into the compensatory draft pick calculations for 2020.
The Dolphins added a local product to their wide receiver corps Monday when they signed Miami Beach High School alum Ricardo Louis.
Louis joins the Dolphins after playing two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being a fourth-round pick out of Auburn in the 2016 NFL draft. Louis has 45 career receptions: 18 in 2016 and 27 in 2017.
He spent the entire 2018 season on injured reserve because of a neck injury.
Louis has made 12 career starts, including nine in 2017.
His single-game career high is five receptions, which he has done three times — at Tennessee as a rookie in 2017, and against the Bengals and Jets in consecutive October games.
At Miami Beach High, Louis played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, linebacker and safety.
Louis’ biggest play at Auburn became known as the “Prayer at Jordan-Hare.” It was a 73-yard touchdown catch with 25 seconds remaining that gave Auburn a 43-38 victory against Georgia and helped them reach the National Championship game against Florida State.
With the Dolphins, Louis joins a wide receiver corps that includes Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, Brice Butler and Isaiah Ford.
May 16 (UPI) — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Ricardo Louis will miss the entire 2019 season due to a knee injury.
The Dolphins placed Louis on injured reserve Thursday. Miami signed Louis as a free agent in April. He signed a one-year pact with the AFC East franchise.
Louis, 25, also missed his 2018 season due to a neck injury. The fourth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft played his first three seasons for the Cleveland Browns. Louis had 357 yards on 27 catches in 16 games in 2017. He had 205 yards on 18 catches in 16 games during his rookie campaign.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound pass-catcher has never scored a touchdown in the NFL. Louis also has nine kick returns for 164 yards during his short NFL tenure.
Miami also signed center Tony Adams, guard Kyle Fuller and linebacker Nate Orchard on Thursday. The Dolphins waived/injured guard Isaac Asiata and waived center Kirk Barron in corresponding transactions.
The Dolphins’ roster of wide receivers includes DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, Kenny Stills, Isaiah Ford, Trenton Irwin, Brice Butler, Preston Williams and Reece Horn.
The Cleveland Browns are waiving wide receiver Ricardo Louis according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Louis was a fourth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Auburn. He has played in every game during his first two seasons in the league. During those opportunities, he has accumulated 45 receptions for 562 yards. He has also returned nine kickoffs for 164 yards.
Cleveland announced on July 25 that Louis would be lost for the season after complications of an injury. He underwent surgery as a result. The 24 year old suffered a bit of an unexpected hit on a return against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 19. It is unclear if that particular hit led to the injury. He played in six games after that game.
Browns wide receiver Ricardo Louis will not be able to suit up this season due to a neck injury that has not improved after surgery, head coach Hue Jackson told reporters on Wednesday. The Browns will place Louis on injured reserve, potentially leaving them without two key wide receivers to start the year.
Already, the Browns were without star Josh Gordon this week after he suffered a setback in his recovery from substance abuse. With Gordon in limbo and Louis sidelined, Browns GM John Dorsey says that he is considering out-of-house options, including free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Louis had 27 catches for 357 yards last season, a solid follow-up to his 18 catches for 205 yards as a rookie. After sitting out the 2018 season, he’ll have two more years to go on his contract with Cleveland.
Minus Gordon and Louis, the Browns’ receiver group is projected to include Jarvis Landry, Corey Coleman, Rashard Higgins, Antonio Callaway, and potentially Jeff Janis and sixth-round pick Damion Ratley.
MIAMI (AP) — Receiver Ricardo Louis signed a one-year contract Monday with his hometown team, the Miami Dolphins, after missing the entire 2018 season following neck surgery.
The Dolphins were also allocated Brazilian defensive tackle Durval Queiroz Neto (Dur-VAHL’ KEY’-ay-royce NAY’-toh) via the NFL’s international pathway program. Queiroz spent the past four seasons on two of Brazil’s best teams — Cuiabá Arsenal and Galo FA — and played for the national team.
Louis was released last week by the Cleveland Browns. They made him a fourth-round draft pick in 2016, and he had 45 catches for 562 yards and no scores in his first two NFL seasons.
Louis was born in Miami and played in high school at Miami Beach before attending Auburn.