Daboll could help bring a new tight end to Miami

Posted Feb. 17, 2011 @ 10:17 a.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

The Dolphins' offseason attention will be on the changes for the offense, which is expected to have a new backfield and possibly a challenger to Chad Henne for the starting quarterback position. But the man brought in to revamp the league's 30th-ranked scoring offense, Brian Daboll, is expected to also heavily utilize the tight end position, meaning the Dolphins could draft an athletic tight end to be the team's No. 2 at the position.

The Browns' leading receiver last season was TE Ben Watson, and it wasn't really close. Watson tallied 68-763-3 receiving, notching career highs in receptions and yards in Daboll's last season with Cleveland. Watson's second-best season, a 49-643-3 campaign in 2006, came in New England where Daboll was the Patriots' wide receivers coach.

Daboll likes to use the middle of the field, and before the 2010 season, Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano discussed how Brandon Marshall's presence on the outside could open up the seam for TE Anthony Fasano. Fasano did have a career season, catching 39-528-4, but the Dolphins couldn't get any production out of a second tight end. Undrafted rookies Mickey Shuler, Dedrick Epps and Jeron Mastrud combined for a total of two catches, both by Shuler, for 44 yards.

The last time the Dolphins made the playoffs, in 2008, David Martin complemented Fasano with 450 yards receiving. We heard earlier this season that the lack of a two-TE package added to the Dolphins' inability to score in the red zone. This year's draft is light on tight end talent, but there are a few mid-round guys — Wisconsin's Lance Kendricks, Tennessee's Luke Stocker, Arkansas' D.J. Williams and Marshall's Lee Smith are options — that the Dolphins could look at to play opposite Fasano.