Ranking the Miami Dolphins TE’s behind Mike Gesicki

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Hunter Long
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Hunter Long has a lot to prove and it is interesting that he didn’t see more playing time last year than he did but this year could see him break out.

I could have put Hunter Long behind Carter and in reality, Carter is the better TE if we are being honest. He has more experience than Long but the potential and ceiling for Long is a lot higher than Carter. Considering that we are not 100% certain what Long will develop into, it is a dart so to speak.

In 2021, Long only appeared in seven games and spent most of the season on the inactive list. He was targeted only three times, one more than Carter, but caught only one pass, one less than Carter.

The Dolphins believe they have something in Long and he will need to show that he can move forward in 2022. He won’t have to be a star but he should be good enough to be a valuable contributor throughout the season.

Long will likely be the last TE on the depth chart regardless of who the Dolphins keep above him. That isn’t a knock on Long, it is simply a matter of experience that he needs to get in Mike McDaniel’s offense.