Dolphins sign fifth-round pick Arthur Lynch

AP

The Dolphins, who begin their rookie minicamp Friday, have reached their first deal with a draft pick.

The club announced the signing of Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch on Thursday. Lynch (6-5, 258) was the first of Miami’s two fifth-round selections in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The 23-year-old Lynch set career-highs in catches (30), yards (459) and touchdown receptions (five) in his redshirt senior season with the Bulldogs in 2013.

The Dolphins have drafted a tight end in each of the last four years. The first tight end selected in the sequence, Charles Clay, became a major receiving threat a season ago, hauling in 69 passes. Lynch will most likely compete with 2012 draft pick Michael Egnew and 2013 pick Dion Sims for reps.

11 responses to “Dolphins sign fifth-round pick Arthur Lynch

  1. Finally, we can get rid of Egnew now. Another bonehead choice of the now departed great Ireland. Lynch is a real TE. He played against some of the best in college with SEC D-linemen. Great Blocker, good Hands and can line up anywhere for the mismatch. I think the NFL has gone crazy trying to covet the WR seam threat TE. After many Drafts we have 2 of them and neither Gronk or Jimmy has been nearly as effective because they put a big CB or cover Safety on them. One dimensional anything in the NFL gets sniffed out pretty quickly.

  2. Reported on The Phinsider that LB Jordan Tripp (the other 5th rounder) signed first…glad both are signed, and yes, we can now get rid of Egnew, who cannot block to save his life. Lynch I think is even better than Dion Sims. Figured it would take until the day before rookie camp for draft picks to be signed, but naturally, some Dolphins fans panicked.

  3. I agree with getting rid of Egnew. I also like this pick. Lynch has great measurables, and while he did underachieve, he was in Athens. It’s really hard to work hard all the time and keep at it in Athens. Too much temptation. If he comes in here and works harder then he will end up our number 2 in a couple years. He’s also a great locker room guy since he was captain at UGA.

    As for your comment about Graham and Gronk, you’re waaaaaaaay off base. Gronk hasn’t done as well lately because of injury. Graham set a career high last season with 16 TDs. And this is coming from a Fins fan.

  4. It’s not the first deal they reached with a draft pick, they signed 5th rd LB Tripp earlier today, but it’s not like this site has ever reported anything remotely correct or positive about the dolphins before.

  5. Finally someone that acknowledges clays play making ability on this site. You guys have been saying we needed tight end help all year. With clay and egnew we’re sitting pretty good now that we have the rookie.

  6. Lynch should be a asset on goal line and short yardage downs as a blocker but as far as a receiving threat I just don’t see it. He is as slow as molasses and has average hands at best. I still think he has enough to beat out the waste of a roster spot in Egnew but I’m not expecting anything more than a 30 catch 2 TD season.

  7. Agreed, Egnew is a complete bust. Also, it’s nice to see Hickey begin signing these guys, unlike Ireland who stunted many rookie’s growth by holding them out of training camp (like Tannehill) because he was fishing for a more favorable contract (which had marginal benefit if any). Have faith in who you draft and sign them like you believe in them.

  8. to all that say lynch is slow, gates is slow, whitten is slow, gronk is slow, they all did pretty well, as long as your faster than the LB’s who most run in the high 4’s, then he will be ok.

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