The Miami Dolphins have lacked the new “seam-threat” or joker tight end that the modern era of the NFL offense has utilized in recent seasons. Miami has a plethora of young tight ends on the squad backing up last year’s break out stud, TE Charles Clay, but the majority of these players have one word in common: unknown.
Clay, who broke out last season for 759 yards on 69 receptions to go along with five touchdowns, was Miami’s most consistent offensive player just one season ago. But with teams now knowing who exactly to key on in the offense, Miami’s young tight ends must step up and rise to the occasion as Clay did last season.
One player who will need to step his game up is third year TE Michael Egnew, who has been labeled a bust by many after being a third round selection in the 2012 draft. Egnew has played in 18 games thus far and has only recorded seven receptions for 69 yards.
Egnew will be in a battle with second-year TE Dion Sims for a roster spot, as well as Kyle Miller and rookie Arthur Lynch, who is a lock to make the team most likely.
Egnew’s collegiate production certainly shows that he can be a capable “seam-threat” option for a few reasons.
First and foremost, Egnew was used in such a role during his tenure with the Missouri Tigers. Egnew spent much of his time either working from the slot or split out wide as a receiver.
Secondly, he saw success in such a role putting together two solid seasons to end his career with the Tigers. During his junior season, Egnew caught 90 passes for 762 yards and five touchdowns. He then followed his junior season up with 50 receptions for 523 yards and three touchdowns during his senior season.
Miami has shown interest in former Green Bay Packers‘ TE Jermichael Finley, pointing out the obvious – the team is looking to add a seam-threat to pair with Clay. Why not save some money and develop one of your own prospects?
New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has been using Egnew as the seam-threat during OTAs in recent weeks. Egnew has been moving around quite a bit in Lazor’s offense and should continue to be used if he does indeed thrive in this role during the preseason and training camp.
Only time will tell if Egnew can finally put it all together to become a solid option for Miami as their seam-threat tight end. I, for one, am not quite ready to label Egnew a bust.