2005 Position Review: WR/TE

With the Dolphins having completed their 2005 season, we break down the team by position with a look back at each player's performance as well as a look ahead to the offseason and next season. Today we take a look at the wide receivers and tight ends.

Who finished the season on the roster: Starters -- Chris Chambers (WR), Marty Booker (WR), Randy McMichael (TE); backups -- Bryan Gilmore (WR), Wes Welker (WR), Cliff Russell (WR), Lorenzo Diamond (TE), Alex Holmes (TE), David Boston (WR/IR), Kendall Newson (WR/IR)

How they did: Chambers took his game to another level in 2005 as he reached 1,000 yards receiving for the first time and earned his first Pro Bowl invitation. Booker didn't have quite as many catches, but he wound up being the big-play guy on offense, with four of the team's pass plays of 50 yards or longer. It was the same old story for McMichael, who started the season very strong but saw his numbers fade in the second half. It needs to be pointed out, though, that McMichael was a much better blocker this season. As far as the backups go, Welker was very reliable as a third wideout and Gilmore showed big-play capability at times. At tight end, Diamond was much more effective as a backup than Donald Lee ever was during his stint in Miami.

What's ahead: While the Dolphins passing game made big strides in 2005, particularly down the stretch, another big-play wideout wouldn't hurt. The one name that jumps out is Terrell Owens, who figures to be released by Philadelphia anytime. There's no question he would help the offense -- he would help any offense -- but the decision is whether you go after him and take the risk he'll become disruptive as he was in San Francisco and Philly. Chambers, McMichael, Welker and Booker all are signed at least through next season, although Booker's $3 million salary in 2006 would make him expensive as a backup if the Dolphins pick up Owens or another starting-caliber wideout.

The bottom line: The Dolphins receiving corps isn't the most explosive in the NFL, but it showed in 2005 it was more than capable of producing big plays. This group, really, is good enough to return the same next season, although that won't stop Coach Nick Saban from looking for an upgrade wherever he can find one.


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