Miami Dolphins training camp: receivers
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins have a glut of wide-receivers and tight ends in camp this year but not all of them will make the team. Tight end is an especially interesting position thus far where Jordan Cameron has a lock on the first team unit with Dion Sims taking the number two tight end spot and will see extensive time in two TE sets. At wide-receiver the replacement players of Greg Jennings and Kenny Phillips are on paper improvements over Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. If not in production, attitude.
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Over six practices now players are starting to separate themselves. Some by showing up and doing good things while others are starting to slide a bit. On a unit where practice time is of the utmost importance and making the most of even the smallest reps is important, the Dolphins find themselves on the verge of making tough decisions.
The Dolphins have plenty of time before making the first mandatory cuts of the season. On August 27th the team will pare down to 75 players as they will release 15 players. On August 29th they will need to get to the league mandated 53 man roster to start the season. While some players will start the season on the PUP list or IR, it won’t make the decisions any easier. Practice however will and so far the competition at the receiving positions are key.
Despite a dropped deep pass from Ryan Tannehill, Cameron has emerged as a favorite Tannehill red-zone target. The Dolphins have been working hard at improving their red-zone offense. Last season the Dolphins ranked first in red-zone attempts but fell far from that spot in scoring. Through six practices there are no concerns about Cameron’s return to an upper tight end status.
Sims has been reliable since joining the league and last year showed a big jump in production on the field. This year he is learning from a true tight end and so far is looking like he is taking the education easily.
Lynch is struggling and it appears that he could very well be on the roster bubble as I predicted prior to camp. Lynch needs to start making the most of his opportunities as he will not have a shot to make the roster on special teams where competition is even deeper than at tight end.
Coming into camp I really wanted to see what Semisch could do. At 6’8″ he is the tallest receiver on the team but he is very raw and might find the practice squad as his domain this year. He needs to get more work in at camp but so far the news on Semisch is at least positive most of the time.
Robinson has looked better each day through camp and could provide enough ammunition to convince the coaches that he deserves a roster spot. The Dolphins will likely keep three and at most four TE’s so the margin for error is small. Regardless Robinson is doing a decent job through six practices.
Haven’t heard much on Stoneburner, a long shot for the roster’s final group.
Continue reading for wide-receivers.