Pre-Camp Analysis: Tight Ends

As we start heading closer to the 2007 training camp, we break down the Dolphins position by position, analyzing what they did in the offseason and what to expect in the upcoming season. We begin our series with a look at the tight ends.

Who's new: David Martin (UFA, Green Bay)

Who's gone: Randy McMichael (contract terminated)

Who's back: Justin Peelle, Jason Rader, Tim Massaquoi, Aaron Halterman

What happened in the offseason: Of all the big-name veterans who were released after Coach Cam Cameron took over as head coach, perhaps the most surprising on the list was McMichael, who had been a starter since joining the Dolphins as a fourth-round pick in 2002. While never quite fulfilling the potential he teased the Dolphins with, McMichael nonetheless was a pretty solid pass catcher, and that made his termination unexpected. Signed to replace McMichael was former Green Bay backup David Martin, a former college wide receiver at the University of Tennessee. Martin joins a tight end corps that returns intact except for McMichael.

What to expect: Because of Cameron's offense and because Trent Green always liked to throw to Tony Gonzalez in Kansas City, one would expect Martin to have the opportunity to put up some pretty good numbers. Martin does have receiving skills, so it will be interesting to see whether there'll be any kind of drop-off at the position.

What we think: The Dolphins took somewhat of a gamble at this position because McMichael, even though he wasn't as consistent as the team would have liked, still represented a weapon on offense. On the flip side, there's some uncertainty about Martin, who has little starting experience and has had problems with injuries. Martin could turn into a steal in his first full-time starting role, but if he fails or battles injuries again, the Dolphins might wind up regretting letting go of McMichael.


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