Camp preview: Tight ends

The Dolphins will open their 40th training camp when they hold the first practice on Monday, July 25 at the team's training facility in Davie. We preview what should be an interesting camp under new head coach Nick Saban with a position-by-position analysis of the team heading into camp. In this installment, we look at the tight ends.

Tight ends on the roster: Alex Holmes (rookie), Donald Lee (3rd season), Randy McMichael (4th season), Joe Munson (rookie), Ed Perry (9th season), Jason Rader (1st season).

Summary: The Dolphins have been solid at this position since they drafted Randy McMichael in the fourth round in 2002 and there was the feeling he could really have a bust-out season in 2005 thanks to the arrival of new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. But things became a little more muddled after McMichael was arrested in Georgia 10 days ago. Now, McMichael could find himself facing a league suspension depending upon how his case gets resolved. In any event, it shouldn't be that long a suspension, so McMichael once again will be the guy at this position, even though it would have been so much nicer had the incident never happened. Former fifth-round pick Donald Lee has shown promise in his first two seasons, but he also made too many mistakes last year. The Dolphins also added three youngsters in the offseason with the hope of unearthing a gem.

The battles: There really doesn't appear to be much of a battle here, as tight end stands as one of the most settled positions on the team. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it's pretty clear that McMichael is the main guy, Lee is the backup, and Ed Perry also gets a roster spot as the long-snapper.

Projected starter: Randy McMichael

Projected on the 53-man roster: McMichael, Donald Lee, Ed Perry


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