Braxton Berrios, a versatile athlete of Puerto Rican descent, excels as both a return specialist and wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins. Positioned as the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart, he shares the field with standout players like Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and Chase Claypool.
Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Berrios’s roots trace back to Puerto Rico through his paternal grandfather. Despite his Southern upbringing, he proudly embraces his Puerto Rican heritage.
In his early football journey, Berrios showcased his skills at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, where he stood out as the star quarterback. This early success attracted attention from various college programs, including Ohio State, Clemson, Oregon, and several Power 5 schools. Ultimately, he chose Miami University for his collegiate career.
During his four seasons with the Miami Hurricanes, Berrios played in 45 games, accumulating an impressive stat line of 1,121 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. His outstanding performance led him to declare for the NFL Draft at the conclusion of the 2017 college football season.
Selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, Berrios enjoyed a remarkable rookie season, securing his first and, to date, only Super Bowl ring. However, his tenure with the Patriots was short-lived, as he was waived before the 2019 NFL season.
Subsequently claimed off waivers by the New York Jets, Berrios became a key member of their special teams unit for four years. His roles extended beyond being a wide receiver, encompassing duties as a return specialist and, on occasion, a trick play quarterback. Despite his contributions, he was released by the Jets on March 9.
Berrios didn’t have to wait long for a new opportunity, joining the Miami Dolphins on a one-year deal ahead of the 2023 NFL season. Since then, he has showcased his talents in 11 games, making significant contributions both as a pass catcher and a return specialist. Notably, in Week 15, Berrios delivered an exceptional performance with 194 receiving yards, one touchdown, 150 punt return yards, and 268 kickoff return yards.