The 3 most underrated players on the 2022 Miami Dolphins roster
#3: Durham Smythe
Durham Smythe was selected in the 4th round back in 2018 and has been a very solid contributor to the Dolphins’ offense since joining the team.
Mike Gesicki is the lead guy in the tight end room and often gets the most credit mainly for his production in the receiving game, but Durham Smythe is quietly an important piece of the offense, and I expect his role to increase in Mike McDaniel’s offensive scheme.
Smythe has mainly been used as an inline blocker for the Dolphins’ run game, and has emerged as one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL.
But what he was able to do in the passing game last season in a limited role should not be overlooked.
Smythe caught 34 passes for 357 yards, which both set career highs. Those numbers won’t make you jump out of your seat, but when you can dominate on the line and be a threat to catch the ball, you open up a lot of things for an offense.
I believe Mike McDaniel will rely on Smythe to be his main guy to execute the zone blocking scheme from the tight end position and with new stud TE coach Jon Embree, it’s not crazy to predict further pass-catching development for Smythe.
He signed a 2 year, 7-million-dollar deal to remain a Dolphin this off-season, so don’t be surprised if Smythe is a candidate to be the Dolphins’ top tight end in 2023 if Mike Gesicki is not brought back.