After a 2012 campaign when the Miami Dolphins could not field a NFL caliber tight end and the 2013 season which saw, like the rest of the team, incredibly inconsistent tight end play, the Dolphins seem to have found a pair of superb tight ends in Dion Sims and Charles Clay.
During training camp Sims has shown dramatic improvement in pass catching ability; leaping one-handed grabs and the like. Last season Sims was only targeted ten times in fifteen games.
With Dion’s newly developed pass catching excellence, expect the Dolphins to target him more especially in the endzone. Sims was drafted in the 2013 NFL draft to be a blocking specialist. After an impressive 2013, in terms of player development, Sims has developed into an every down tight end.
Miami’s starting tight end, and according to NFL.com the fourth best tight end in the league, Charles Clay had a great 2013 season. Clay caught six touchdowns on 69 receptions for 759 yards. Tight ends are not wide receivers though, a major role of a tight end is to block, an area where Clay has struggled. At 6’3” 255 pounds, he is not big enough to be a dominating blocker, which is why many times in 2013 Clay lined up as a fullback.
Clay is the ying to Sims’ yang. Clay is a pass-catching specialist, while Sims, at least was, a blocking specialist. When the Dolphins run a dual tight end formation that duo could be a strategic nightmare. If a team emphasizes either tight end the other will make the defense pay. If a team covers both, true wide receivers will be open.
The Dolphins have been desperate for more than ten years for an effective offense. With the development of the tight end position, quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who threw and completed six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s preseason opener and new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the Dolphins are finally in position to have an exciting offense this season.