Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Philbin says Dolphins have sorting out to do at TE


Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay had a breakout year in 2013 and appears to be a guy on the way up. His backup? We'll find out.

Dustin Keller, who never played a regular season down for the Dolphins due to injury, isn't coming back, and Michael Egnew, a guy the team had high hopes for a couple years ago, hasn't materialized.

But Miami didn't target the position in free agency and instead opted to roll with a young squad, which includes fifth-rounder Arthur Lynch.

So with that, the tight end depth chart is an unknown. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin is tuned in.

"We've still got some things to sort out," Philbin said Tuesday of the position, via Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.

Second-year end Dion Sims is penciled in as the No. 2 behind Clay, though while he bulked up last year to accommodate for the run game, Sims still needs to carve out a niche as a run-blocker and/or a red-zone threat, as Clay will be the designated route-runner of the group.

"He has a lot of great traits [but] he has some work to do," Philbin said of Sims.

According to Jackson, Lynch made a couple of tough catches in practice Tuesday, and Philbin has liked what he's seen from Egnew so far. Tight end will certainly be an under-the-radar but important position to watch this summer at Dolphins camp.

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