2015 Dolphins grades: Jake Stoneburner
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins had Jake Stoneburner as a starter one game in 2015. In fact he played all of his snaps in weeks two and three and his production left many hoping to see more.
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Jake Stoneburner – tight-end
2016 salary – exclusive rights free agent
As of right now, keeping Jake Stoneburner will be an easy cap hit as he won’t likely command much more than league minimum. Stoneburner played a total of 62 snaps in the Dolphins passing game and 61 snaps in the running game. On the season he caught five passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns, back to back weeks early in the season.
Once Dion Sims had recovered from his concussion, Stoneburner took a back seat but he graded out quite well for a player who wasn’t that involved in route running. According to ProFootballFocus, Stoneburner did not recieve a final rank but graded out at 64. He was only a 70 in receiving but he only caught five passes. His 72 grade in pass blocking was the best of any tight end but he struggled wth run blocking.
Stoneburner has athleticism and could have a future in the NFL if given the opportunity and coaching. I would strongly consider making him active on Sunday’s and getting him more involved. In fact, if I don’t see on tape what I want from Dion Sims, I think it could be a wash to keep Stoneburner and save the money on Sims’ contract. If both players are showing equal talent on the field, then why bother keeping one player at almost $2 million?
2015 grade – B
Why a “B”?
Stoneburner didn’t get enough snaps to drop his value and who knows, he could have elevated his grade with more playing time or lowered it. We simply didn’t see enough of him but his pass blocking skills were the best on the team and he made an impression with his two touchdown passes early in the season.