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Dolphins say other tight ends are stepping up in Keller’s absence

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Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller will miss the entire season with a knee injury, but the team says all is not lost at the position.

The Dolphins have selected tight ends in each of the last three drafts, taking Charles Clay in the sixth round in 2011, Michael Egnew in the third round in 2012 and Dion Sims in the fourth round in 2013, and Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman says all three of them have practiced very well since Keller went down.

β€œThe loss of Keller is disappointing because he was making so much progress even as a blocker, and then fitting into our offense,” Sherman said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. β€œThe other three guys have really done a nice job. Obviously, they have a lot on their shoulders now with the loss of Dustin, so they need to be able to pick up the slack there. I think the tight ends have really made a lot of improvement. I think [tight end coach] Dan Campbell is a tireless coach and stays after them and gets the best out of his players.”

None of those three players can do everything Keller does. But the three of them together may contribute enough to lessen the blow of losing Keller for the season.

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  1. FinFan68 says: Aug 24, 2013 4:21 PM

    Losing Keller hurts a little but his production has never been seen by the Dolphins. The reality is that Egnew/Clay/Sims need to exceed the production of last year’s tight ends. Essentially they are trying to replace Anthony Fasano, not Keller. Having Keller on the field would have been ideal but he had injury concerns anyway. The Dolphins are simply dealing with it much earlier than they thought they might. Egnew can fill the pass-catching role and Sims can handle the blocking role. Clay is an option for both. I think they will be just fine.

  2. drainbameged says: Aug 24, 2013 4:23 PM

    I’m excited o see what dion sims will do with more reps

  3. brownoholic says: Aug 24, 2013 4:30 PM

    Browns start season 1-0 courtesy of the Phins . . .

  4. markeyh says: Aug 24, 2013 4:31 PM

    I am rooting for Egnew to step up because he has received so much unfair criticism for a 1st year TE thanks to hard-knocks and his OC. Can they un-ring that bell?

  5. scmems07 says: Aug 24, 2013 4:33 PM

    Clay is the best of them imo, liked him coming out of Tulsa, but I really believe Sims could have a very good, heath Miller type of game, great blocker and sneaky pass catching skills, which would be great for them.

  6. toybkshr says: Aug 24, 2013 7:03 PM

    What else are they gonna say? They’ll scoop up 1 or more TE’s when the rosters get cut to 53 on 8/31 if not sooner.

  7. rodge1 says: Aug 24, 2013 7:05 PM

    @brownoholic

    Ignorance is bliss and I’m envious of yours.

  8. smackingfools says: Aug 24, 2013 7:50 PM

    Clay has pretty good hands. He makes some tough catches.

  9. mackie66 says: Aug 25, 2013 2:08 AM

    Did anyone catch the Dolphin game tonight and that stellar performance of TE, HB, Clay, 1-5 for five yds. Tannehill threw to him all first half and had one catch, Clay is a terrible receiver and has been for the last three yrs.

  10. cantonbound13 says: Aug 26, 2013 6:08 AM

    They looked horrible vs Tampa.

  11. beachsidejames says: Aug 26, 2013 5:26 PM

    egnew has not made any kind of impact and Clay is not much better. Liked getting Keller but should have kept Fasano, Bush, picked any other TE and dumped Clay and Egnew. Fins still have too many question marks on offense and getting rid of Bush and Fasano was a mistake.

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