The Miami Dolphins led the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-12 at one point on Saturday night and while the local media, national media, and fans alike are all praising the efforts of Brandon Marshall, I have to wonder what the expectations are of the Dolphins 1st string TE. Anthony Fasano.
Fasano had two TD catches in the game and it made clear what having Brandon Marshall could do. Open up the middle for the TE’s to be more involved. Fasano is in a contract year so it’s likely he will be playing as hard as he can all season, and then a little added sugar to catch the eyes of prospective off-season suitors…if not Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland.
The TE spot for the Dolphins has been a much talked about spot since l held the position years ago. The Dolphins have really lacked any big play specialists from the spot. Although to be fair the teams offense has hardly been worth watching for almost a decade. Or so it seems. (Last two seasons being the exception)
Fasano, in his first year in Miami looked like the answer to the Dolphins prayers at the position but last year he suffered a horrible case of the drops and never found a rhythm. His season was marred by inconsistent play and a nagging injury. Despite the lackluster season of 2009, Fasano has put himself in a position to have a career season in 2010. Aside from Marshall, Dolphins starting QB, Chad Henne is getting better each pre-season week and their on-field timing is beginning to pay some dividends.
The fact still remains this. Last Saturday night was a 2nd week pre-season game and nothing more. No body stats that count including the win/loss record. The first test comes in about 3 weeks when the Phins open their 2010 season in Buffalo. But for a fleeting glance, Dolphins fans got a glimpse of how good Fasano could be. And if he is, you can expect the Dolphins offense to be better than anything they have had since the Dan Marino era came to a close.