November 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) tackles Philadelphia Eagles tight end Clay Harbor (82) during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins: Possible TE Trade Targets


 

December 02, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki (81) runs the ball as Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) attempts the defense in the second half of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

With the recent and absolutely devastating injury to Miami Dolphins tight end, Dustin Keller, Miami is now in a huge pickle. The team currently has Charles Clay – who is more of an H-back, Kyle Miller – who is still being developed but has had a nice camp, rookie Dion Sims – who is still transitioning from college to the pros and is seen as more of a blocker if anything, and, well, that other guy.

All kidding aside, this is the moment where former third-round pick, Michael Egnew, must show up and play balls to the walls. But let’s not kid ourselves, that’s not going to happen any time soon.

So, Miami has a fairly under-whelming group of tight ends. I don’t really think that surprises you at all. But are there really any options out there for Miami to add some more talent to this group of inexperienced under-achievers?

Until rosters are cut down to 53, you can pretty much cross any and all free agents off the list. Sorry Randy McMichael fans, you will not see a reunion. The same goes for Donald Lee. Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss and Todd Heap belong right where they are. Out of the league.

 

Let’s take a quick trip to Cincinnati, where second-year tight end, Orson Charles, is currently attempting to make a shift to the fullback position. Why? The coaches know of Charles’ athletic ability and have a desire to get him on the field. The issue? He’s not a fullback and the team cannot put Charles over this year’s first-round pick, Tyler Eifert, at tight end.

Will Cincinnati cut Charles? Honestly, I don’t know. I would be surprised to see the team do so. But if they did indeed do so, Miami best be all over that before New England tries.

Miami could attempt to dangle a draft pick or a player in front of Cincy, but Charles is not a very good blocker, which is something the team will miss from Keller.

 

Denver is another interesting place to travel to if you’re looking for a tight end. The team currently has a huge log-jam. With Virgil Green, Julius Thomas, Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme, Jake O’Connell, and Deangelo Peterson.

Let’s be honest here, Thomas and Tamme are probably untouchable. Thomas has had a great camp and a great showing thus far in preseason action. Tamme, on the other hand, has worked with QB Peyton Manning dating back to his Indianapolis Colts days. Hard to believe Manning would allow Tamme to be shipped out of town.

After that, the two guys I have my eyes on are Green and Dreessen. Green is a third-year guy out of Nevada and has a nice ceiling to work with. He has a nice set of tools as a tight end and would be worth bringing in if Denver were to be willing to part ways either via trade or if the team were to cut him at roster cuts.

Dreessen, on the other hand, is an eight-year pro and has spent some time with Denver, Houston and the New York Jets. In his first season with the Broncos, Dreessen snagged 41 balls for 356 yards and 5 touchdowns. Anthony Fasano numbers anyone?

Dreessen is more of a blocking tight end but also has a nice set of skills via the pass game. If Miami were to bring Dreessen to town, it would honestly be a good move.

 

 

Now we’ll head out to Kansas City and take a look at a guy who actually was supposed to be the heir apparent to the great Kansas City tight end, Tony Gonzalez. That’s right, Tony Moeaki.

Moeaki is probably the most interesting guy on the short list of tight ends the Dolphins could, more likely should, look at. The former Iowa, that’s right Iowa, tight end has a ton of traits that Miami is missing at the tight end position. Moeaki is a seam-threat tight end who possesses a big, red-zone type body and has incredible athleticism.

Moeaki is cheap, young and possesses the skills that Miami needs at the position. Sign me up.

Kansas City can afford to part ways with Moeaki after drafting Cincinnati tight end, Travis Kelcie, this past april and signing former Miami Dolphin, Anthony Fasano, during the free agent period. Will they be willing to part ways? Well, if I’m Jeff Ireland, I’d do everything I can to see if I can’t pry him away from KC.

 

Let’s take a quick trip to Green Bay where receivers and tight ends grow on trees.

I’m not going to sugar-coat it, DJ Williams is a guy Miami could use. The former Arkansas tight end was known as one of college football’s best tight ends. Aaaaand then he went through the scouting process. Oh, he’s too short. Oh, he’s too slow. Oh, he won’t succeed as a tight end. Better make the move to H-back.

Williams is a very good blocking tight end and would do a fine job for Miami. The only issue is, would Green Bay be willing to part ways? A part of me says no. But a part of me says yes. No, it’s not due to Philbin’s ties to the organization. It’s really just because of the depth they have at the position. Williams is expendable.

Realistically this is an scenario that could happen, but it most likely will not. And that may upset you. Sorry.

 

Okay, okay the show is almost over. Let’s take a trip to Philadelphia and take a look at an interesting rumor, while also looking at an interesting prospect.

First off, it seems as though ever since Keller destroyed his knee, Philly TE Brent Celek has been a hot topic among Dolphins fans and blogging sites. And I’m here to tell you, there is no way in, well you know the rest.

Chip Kelly knows the importance of the tight end position, especially in his offense. (Kevin Hart voice) “Oh, well they just drafted Zach Ertz and signed James Casey this offseason..” Exactly my point, bro.

Celek is an Eagle and will likely remain an Eagle. Now Casey, on the other hand, is someone I would absolutely love for Ireland to pick up. But I’ve come face to face with reality, that’s not happening.

But one guy that could be interesting if Miami could snag him away would be fourth-year tight end, Clay Harbor. With Celek, Ertz and now Casey in town, Harbor is absolutely buried on the depth chart. Harbor showed some promise last season for the Eagles catching 25 balls for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Harbor is not a “great” in-line blocker, but his youth will suggest that he can improve (remember he’s not Mike Egnew). Pile that on top of his athleticism and you’ve got yourself a decent looking tight end.

Harbor is probably the likeliest candidate on this list due to the log-jam ahead of him and his youth. Ireland may be able to snag Harbor for a bag of chips and a dirty sock. Although, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

 

IF you have some more names, leave them below in the comment section. Just a few favors. Don’t give me Tony Scheffler. Detroit needs to keep adding weapons for Matthew Stafford to throw to. Not subtract. Don’t say Garrett Graham. Houston likes Graham and needs him as Owen Daniels is ALWAYS hurt. And if you tell me Benjamin Watson, I’ll probably smack you.

 

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  • Gregg Szafran

    We have a log jam on the Defensive line, if we can get one of the top 5 guys in a trade I say do it. We will not be able to hide 2 or 3 D Linemen on the practice squad. If not, I think we should wait it out, the teams above have the same issue we have with our D Line, they will have to cut or trade them by week one.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Could be, Gregg. Good thinking. Miami could try to dangle someone in front of another team to grab a pretty stellar tight end. That being said, I don’t know about breaking up one of the league’s best defensive line rotations. Thanks for the read and the comment!

    • Matt Dickson

      Howdy– Chiefs fan here… if you have any 3-4 DEs with some pass rush ability that may be a possibility. The other thing the Chiefs need is a WR. That’s probably our single greatest need, so if you have anyone capable of being at least a decent #2.

      • TylerMcMullen

        We have two capable 3-4 DEs in Randy Starks and Jared Odrick. Starks was actually known as one of the league’s best DEs when Miami ran the 34 defense! Thanks for the read and the comment, Matt! Good luck to your Chiefs this year!

  • Pygskyn

    Honestly, I’m a big believer in Simms. I know it’s trial by fire, but I really think the kid has it in him to be something special. He’s a sneaky receiver. Fairly sure-handed, a big hard guy to take down AND can block. I know it’s hard to put a late round rookie in front of the other guys, but I’m convinced he could be the real deal.

    • TylerMcMullen

      I’ve been a big believer in Sims for a long time now. if you’ve followed me for a bit, you know I have had the utmost faith in the kid. Actually had him going to Miami in most of my mock drafts. I love the guy. My only issue is the lack of experience. Charles Clay is the only guy with a reception to his name. But hey, we could all be wrong and Clay, Egnew and Sims could ball out this year. In the end, I doubt the team makes a trade. And I doubt they pick anyone up once roster cuts begin unless a huge talent gets cut for some reason which is usually a red flag. Thanks for the read and the comment!

  • KevinW

    No trades, play with the hand your dealt. Maybe pick up a future cut if someone decent comes available. If all else fails go 3 or 4 wides and sling the ball. It would be foolish to believe a team as talent needy (Sporano version) Dolphins can really compete this year for the “Big Dance”. Lets hope that we are respectable, stay the course and watch The Phins develop homegrown talent. Desperate teams have knee-jerk reactions to adversity. We should not be desperate. Successful team philosophies are “next man up”. Play the kids and perhaps one of the acorns will become a mighty oak tree. and Gregg, we spent a lot to build the D Line. Hope that we don’t sacrifice a team strength because of one injury. Injuries happen all the time.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Well said, Kevin. Very well said. I do think that Gibson will be asked to pick up the slack and I actually think he will do very well in that role. Thanks for the read and the comment, Kevin!

      • KevinW

        Tyler, thanks for the positive feedback. Go Phins

  • Eric Roddy

    What I wouldn’t do for a Jacob tamme… I’ve said it since he was drafted keep an eye on my boy sims! The guy that commented below feels me haha

    • TylerMcMullen

      Lol I feel you on Sims, Eric! Just needs time and game experience.

  • Matthew J Bailey

    Dion SIms has the potential to be an ideal, impact TE in our system. He can block, he can catch, and his YAC should be above average with his size/strength. The question is whether Enew can develop as a seam threat. He has all the tools, and appears to have worked very hard in the off-season.

    I think Miami should hold pat, and not waste time and money on retreads. There is no clear upgrade on the market.

    • Jack Jackson

      Agreed. While our TE’s are green the worst case scenario immediately is Clay who has experience and some promise. Rotate our young guys in and let them develop more quickly. Maybe even 2 TE sets. Tanny can also throw more to Gibson and utlize quick slants. I think with a combination of their skills we will be fine.

  • tpl

    I doubt Ireland will trade for a TE. More than likely he’ll scour the waiver wire once teams cut to 75 players. Dion Sims has been doing good in practice. Egnew is a lot better than last year. Maybe one or the other will improve given more snaps, but even if they do not, trading is not the answer.