Bess' production decreasing in poor Dolphins passing game

Posted Nov. 04, 2011 @ 4:42 p.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

Head coach Tony Sparano turned some heads after Thursday's practice with his comments about WR Davone Bess.

"I think he would tell you he feels like he can play better," Sparano said. "I would say the area that would be the most beneficial for Davone right now, and he knows that, is studying the people he's playing." Sparano was referring to the inside nickel corners Bess faces each week.

It surprised one source to see Sparano call out Bess, considering how many other Miami players are underachieving in 2011.

Coming into this season, there were high expectations for Bess in Brian Daboll's offense. Bess' targets aren't too far off where they were at this point last season, but his production is down.

Bess is known as one of the best third-down receivers in the league, but he has converted only four third-down catches into first downs this season. At this time last season, he had 18 third-down catches for 13 first downs.

The way we hear it, Bess is one of the team's hardest workers and his drop in production is far from the most pressing problem for the Dolphins' struggling passing game.

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