There might not be a player on the Miami Dolphins who produced less in college than Tim Semisch. But there also might not be a player with the frame or potential of Semisch. The 6-foot-8, 267 rookie out of Northern Illinois is currently tied with lineman Mickey Baucus as the tallest member on the Miami Dolphins’ roster heading into training camp.
The undrafted big man got a shot from the team after being signed following rookie minicamps. Semisch specialized in special teams throughout college, catching just ten balls for 100 yards and three scores over three years. His best single season was in 2013, where he caught seven passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
I understand Semisch is a long shot to make the team heading into training camps in less than a month. Assuming the Dolphins keep three tight ends on their 53 man roster and one on the practice squad like they did in 2014, that means Semisch will be competing with Jordan Cameron, Dion Sims, Arthur Lynch, Jake Stoneburner and Gerell Robinson for a spot on this team. All of those players except Cameron were on the Dolphins last season.
However, an area where Semisch could separate himself from the lower tight ends like Stoneburner and Robinson is on special teams. The Dolphins love players that can contribute on special teams, as was the case with long time Dolphin Jason Trusnik, who is now with the Carolina Panthers. If Semisch can impress the special teams coaches with his talents on special teams, he may prove too valuable in that phase of the game to be let go.
Another area Semisch could help the Dolphins is in the red zone. In 2014, the Dolphins ranked 21st in the NFL when it came to scoring touchdowns in the red zone. On their trips to the red zone, they scored a touchdown just 51.47% of the time. That number was five percent lower than in 2013, too. They desperately need to find a way into the end zone on more red zone trips if they want to reach the playoffs this season.
Having a pass catcher with Semisch’s size could dramatically help the Dolphins, especially in goal line situations. He is a solid run blocker, and could cause match up nightmares for just about every defensive player with his 6-foot-8 frame. He is a versatile athlete that earned all-state honors in ice hockey and lacrosse in high school.
The Dolphins need to use more of their tight ends in the passing game this year, and I think they will. They brought in Jordan Cameron to do just that, but as the New England Patriots have shown, a team can never use too many tight ends at once.
Tim Semisch is definitely a Miami Dolphin I will be keeping my eye on come training camp.
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