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Jaylen Waddle removes trademark dreadlocks for his second NFL season

Jaylen Waddle (#17) catches TD pass for Miami Dolphins in 2021 regular season finale versus Patriots
Jasen Vinlove - USA Today Sports

Jaylen Waddle will have a new look in his second NFL season with the Miami Dolphins.

He’s been known for his trademark dreadlocks from high school to the University of Alabama. Waddle cut his hair over the weekend, and he posted a photo on Instagram. A fan of the Dolphins shared a video to Twitter of Waddle’s new haircut.

He set the NFL’s rookie record for catches (104) by a receiver in 2021. Waddle totaled 1,015 yards and six touchdowns.

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A new look could mean bigger production in his sophomore year. Jalen Hurts, Waddle’s former teammate at Alabama, cut his dreads after the Crimson Tide lost the CFP National Championship to Georgia. Hurts became a better passer with his new look, totaling 765 yards and eight touchdowns to two interceptions in 2018. He completed 72.9 percent of his passes that season.

Hurts went on to Oklahoma as its starting quarterback in 2019 and became a Heisman finalist. He tossed for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns to eight interceptions. A new look brought more production for Hurts, and maybe it does the same for Waddle.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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