Dec. 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Jeron Mastrud (88) at the line of scrimmage against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins 2012 Player Review: Jeron Mastrud

 

It’s no secret that the Miami Dolphins lack an offensive weapon at the tight end position. Even so, no one had huge expectations for second-string tight end, Jeron Mastrud this season.

Strud, as his team mates and coaches call him (pronounced strood), is considered the best blocking tight end on the squad. Therefore, his number is only called upon in short yardage situations (clearly supported by his statistics on the season – 2 targets, 1 reception for 8 yards). The 6-6 262 pound tight end, is absolutely no threat in the passing game what-so-ever and has no upside in that faucet of his game.

 

The former Kansas State Wildcat does not present much upside at the tight end position other than his uncanny blocking ability. Blocking tight ends have become a dying breed in our more modern “pass happy” National Football League. Therefore, Strud could end up being the odd one out if Miami opts to bring in either a free agent or spend a high draft pick on a stud pass catcher. That is, assuming the team is not quite ready to give up on last year’s third round selection, Michael Egnew.

 

Overall, Mastrud had a decent year blocking for Miami in short yardage situations. BUT, he was non-existent in the passing game which is really needed in today’s game. Don’t be surprised if Miami lets Mastrud go in favor of a younger and more talented player this season.

 

Grade: D

 

———-ALL STATISTICS TAKEN FROM ESPN.COM———-

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