By Eric D. Williams
FOX Sports NFC West Writer
Greg Dortch has bounced around to five different teams in the three seasons since he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2019.
Finally, the 24-year-old sparkplug of a receiver appears to have found a home with the Arizona Cardinals.
That relationship started last offseason with a phone call, when Dortch was almost headed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. The Cardinals brought Dortch in for a workout and signed him. He spent most of last year on the practice squad but got a chance to work with the starters this past offseason because of injuries at his position.
With DeAndre Hopkins out for the first six weeks due to a PED violation and Rondale Moore (hamstring) and Antoine Wesley (groin/hip) injured, Dortch has been part of Arizona’s regular receiving rotation.
He has definitely taken advantage. Through the first two games, Dortch leads the Cardinals in receptions (11) and receiving yards (118) and is tied for fifth in the NFL in yards after catch (98). In Arizona’s epic comeback victory on Sunday against the Raiders in Las Vegas, Dortch had a team-high 29-yard reception and a five-yard catch for a touchdown.
The 5-foot-7, 175-pound receiver showed what he could do during preseason play, posting 14 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown. He also had six punt returns for 104 yards, including a long of 55 yards.
Dortch said he has benefited from developing a relationship with Cardinals receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, the only coach who worked him out when he declared for the NFL Draft three years ago after his final season at Wake Forest.
“I tried to break this kid, and he would just not quit,” Jefferson said about Dortch’s private workout. “Watching film on him, this guy was like 5-foot-nothing, but he was making plays all over the place. And that’s the thing that sticks out to me about him: He plays bigger than he actually is. And he has very sure hands.”
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Publish date : 2022-09-20 19:31:34
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