Dolphins searching for an answer at tight end
The emergence of the tight end position and the vertical threat the position has become has changed the overall mindset of many NFL teams, including the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins are searching for the right combination and still aren’t sure they have it.
Currently they have five tight ends on the roster. Dustin Keller was picked up during free agency from the New York Jets, Kyle Miller, Charles Clay, Michael Egnew, and this year’s fourth-round selection Dion Sims.
During the Dan Marino years, Keith Jackson and Keith Byars earned Pro Bowl berths and gave the Dolphins a “go-to” option. Now, more than 20 years later, the Dolphins are still searching for their first Pro Bowl tight end.
Is Dustin Keller the guy?
His veteran presence and ability to catch the ball will be a welcomed addition for Ryan Tannehill, but his lack of blocking skills sure didn’t help Mark Sanchez.
He led the Jets, that’s not saying much, in receptions in both 2010 and 2011. It wasn’t until last season he missed his first game with a high ankle sprain and pulled groin which would limit his production to 28 receptions and 317 yards in only eight games.
Keller is no Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez, or Rob Gronkowski but he does offer a quick out for Tannehill. For a rookie, that outlet is important.