Miami Dolphins 2014 Training Camp Profile: Harold “Gator” Hoskins
The Miami Dolphins have truly lacked a dominant tight end for quite some time now, but they received a nice breakout season last year from TE Charles Clay, who really came into his own as a dominant movable piece for Miami’s offense.
Behind Clay, however, is quite a cloudy situation to say the least, even after the team selected TE Arthur Lynch in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Miami decided to bring in somewhat of a Clay clone in Marshall‘s H-Back Harold “Gator” Hoskins as an undrafted rookie free agent. Hoskins, who comes in with nice size at 6-foot-2, 244 pounds, will look to work his way up from the unknown onto Miami’s 53-man roster during the team’s training camp this summer.
Hoskins is incredibly athletic and works well as a tight end, H-Back and even as a fullback. He truly looks the part of a Clay clone by displaying sound route running skills, great hands, quickness off the line of scrimmage and the ability to present mismatches on linebackers and safeties by presenting the ability to stretch the field, which is surely something Miami covets.
Hoskins does need to work on his strength, mostly as a blocker, as he can be thrown around from time to time and lacks the ideal concentration from a blocking perspective. He also has a bit of an injury history behind him, suffering from both shoulder and back injuries which were surgically repaired in 2012.
Hoskins has a long road ahead of him, but he has been impressive thus far with Miami through OTAs and mandatory minicamp. He will need to continue to impress, especially when the team puts pads on, to make this team over players such as Michael Egnew, Dion Sims, Kyle Miller and the aforementioned Lynch.
Hoskins may beat Miller out for the final TE spot on the roster, which would be intriguing to see, but if he cannot nail down a spot on the final 53, expect Miami to attempt to stash him on the team’s practice squad moving forward for further development. He has some intriguing potential moving forward.