Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Egnew, Clay, and Sims in that order.... if we don't trade for a veteran

I think Phins Nation looks at the TE position through puke-green colored classes.   I actually like Egnew, Clay and Sims.  Each brings that little something different.   Ideally we would wrap the strengths of all of these guys into one Mega-TE to create the perfect Tight End.

Officially it is Clay to be the starter per Mike Sherman, our Offensive Coordinator. 

"You’d have to give the nod to Clay as the starter,” Sherman said. “He’ll play in a bunch of different packages. He’ll play in the backfield as well as on the line of scrimmage. He’ll play split out. He’ll do a lot of different things for us and he’s more than capable.” 

For some reason and based on all of the posturing by coaches and players, I believe Egnew will be the Week 1 starter when this thing shakes out.   At the very least, they will be in a number of 2 TE sets Egnew/Clay and Egnew/Sims near the goal line.   I think I have even seen a 3 TE set for the goal line.

If Sims was a more consistent receiver, he would be the starter.  He truly is a presence out there.  However, he will need to learn to play a tad faster, and get a little more flexible turning around to find the ball.  I think his "stone hands" have more to do with the fact he has no time to react to the approaching ball because his head takes too long to get around.   

Mark Malatesta (a true die-hard phins fan from way back), a good friend of mine said that Egnew cowers when he catches the ball down the middle.  I looked for that in the last game, but I could not see it.   If anyone else feels Egnew plays "scared," let me know where I can find some video to confirm that.  He has looked very good so far to me.   His blocking has been outstanding.   He has caught the ball well.  And, he looks bigger, stronger and faster than last year.

Clay is a tweener.  I love this guy.  He has the best hands of the bunch, but unfortunately makes critical mistakes all too often.  He is smaller than Sims and Egnew.  But, with his athletic skill-set he could be very dangerous.  

I hope you rise to the occasion men.  This is a perfect opportunity to shine.  And Keller, we love you.  Please call the fellas and give them tips to get better every chance you get.

 
You’d have to give the nod to Clay as the starter,” Sherman said. “He’ll play in a bunch of different packages. He’ll play in the backfield as well as on the line of scrimmage. He’ll play split out. He’ll do a lot of different things for us and he’s more than capable.” - See more at: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedailydolphin/2013/08/20/miami-dolphins-practice-notes-charles-clay-is-starting-tight-end-for-now-running-back-competition-cloudy/#sthash.sjIALaN4.dpuf
You’d have to give the nod to Clay as the starter,” Sherman said. “He’ll play in a bunch of different packages. He’ll play in the backfield as well as on the line of scrimmage. He’ll play split out. He’ll do a lot of different things for us and he’s more than capable.” - See more at: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedailydolphin/2013/08/20/miami-dolphins-practice-notes-charles-clay-is-starting-tight-end-for-now-running-back-competition-cloudy/#sthash.sjIALaN4.dpuf
You’d have to give the nod to Clay as the starter,” Sherman said. “He’ll play in a bunch of different packages. He’ll play in the backfield as well as on the line of scrimmage. He’ll play split out. He’ll do a lot of different things for us and he’s more than capable.” - See more at: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedailydolphin/2013/08/20/miami-dolphins-practice-notes-charles-clay-is-starting-tight-end-for-now-running-back-competition-cloudy/#sthash.sjIALaN4.dpuf
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Yes Egnew suffers from alligator arms in front of the safety. Seen it often last year but I don't have time right now to go through my DVDs of our games to give you specific plays.
Good article MD and looks like we would have pushed.

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I think you might find it hard to come up with video of him playing in a game last year. he never made it on the field!

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Then its Clay with the Alligator arms. Either way we'll find out come September 8.

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Then its Clay with the Alligator arms. Either way we'll find out come September 8.

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"-- Much like the tailbacks, I assume the tight ends the Dolphins use will be package based. Clay is H-back. Sims for blocking, Egnew for seam." - Smartest thing Omar Kelly (and/or Chris Perkins) has ever said.