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Clay brings versatility to revamped Dolphins offense

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By Kevin Fishbain

The key for the Dolphins this offseason was to find ways to improve the offense, and they addressed their needs with their first four picks of April's draft. One of the reasons some observers believed Miami struggled to score points was the lack of a tight end to complement Anthony Fasano.

In the sixth round of the draft, the Dolphins selected versatile TE-H-back Charles Clay out of Tulsa. The way we hear it, the team hopes that Clay can be the seam threat at tight end that has been missing since David Martin left.

"We saw this guy as a tight end, we saw this guy in the backfield, we saw him in the slot — he has a very unique set of skills and that's kind of the way we plan to use him," GM Jeff Ireland told the media following the draft.

The 6-3, 245-pound Clay has good size and hands, and shows playmaking ability with the ball in his hands. He should be able to create mismatches when lined up against opposing linebackers. The Dolphins are expected to lose two backs who are dependable receivers, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. In addition to complementing Fasano at tight end, Clay could find a niche as the team's H-back or fullback catching screen passes in Brian Daboll's new offense.

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