Hunter Long needs to take a big step in 2022 for the Miami Dolphins and he should have the opportunity to prove he can be Miami’s future top TE.
Hunter Long was taken in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft and his rookie season was anything but exciting. Was that the fault of Miami’s inept offensive system? The two-headed OC system? Was it the result of Brian Flores? We don’t know but we will find out.
Why you should be excited:
Long could very well be the future at the position for the Miami Dolphins. If Miami doesn’t get Mike Gesicki under a longer deal, Long is the next guy up with Durham Smythe already under an extension, Long could be Gesicki’s replacement.
Seeing Long take snaps in the preseason will give fans an idea of why he wasn’t effective last season. While he was injured early in camp he never really rebounded to be productive.
What to watch for: Whether he used in protection or on routes.
Place no the roster: Long is a lock to make the team and is third behind Gesicki and Smythe. Unlike some of the other positions, this part of the chart is what it will likely remain.
Uniform number: 84
Playing time prediction: Long should see plenty of action in the first half but not so much in the 2nd when we see guys like Cethan Carter and maybe Adam Shaheen.