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Miami Dolphins: Charles Clay Moves to Starting Tight End

Can Charles Clay be a productive No. 1 TE?

Fullback/H-back Charles Clay assumed first-team reps at tight end at practice on Tuesday morning with Dustin Keller out for the season.

Clay is the Dolphins’ most experienced non-wide receiver pass catcher, so the decision to enlist him as the starter comes as no surprise.

It’s unlikely that Clay can be as productive as Keller would have been this season catching passes from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but he’s the best the Dolphins can do at the moment.

Although, there’s no guarantee Clay will be able to hold on to his new starting job. Many tight ends will hit the open market over the next couple of weeks when 31 other NFL teams begin to trim their rosters.

Also, rookie Dion Sims has impressed and could push Clay if he’s able make more plays down field during the final two preseason games.

Evan Rodriguez, who has only played fullback with the Dolphins so far, participated in drills with the tight ends this morning. The Dolphins might be giving him a shot to make the team at tight end or H-back, a position he played in college and briefly with the Chicago Bears as a rookie.

Also in tight end news, Kyle Miller, who was held out the past two weeks with an undisclosed injury, returned to practice today.

Miller, Michael Egnew and possibly even the converted Evan Rodriguez will now compete for the final roster spot at the position, assuming the Dolphins keep three tight ends. Although, I could see the Dolphins keeping Rodriguez as a versatile tight end/fullback/H-back even if he isn’t in the top three.

It’s pretty clear that the Dolphins are attempting to make do with the tight ends they already had on the roster in the wake of Keller’s season-ending injury. If Charles Clay and company can impress, general manager Jeff Ireland will be less likely to poach a tight end from the waiver wire.

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One Response to “Miami Dolphins: Charles Clay Moves to Starting Tight End”

  1. Fins_Swag says:

    Don’t see Clay being a very good starter. The Dolphins are gonna have to run a lot of 3 WR sets and hope Clay can catch 30 or 40 balls.

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