Is Martin Missed?

The Dolphins got tremendous production from the tight end position in their run to the AFC East title last year, but things haven't been nearly as good in 2009. But how much of that is due to the absence of David Martin, who is spending the season on injured reserve?

There's no one who will contend that Martin is an elite player, but he's a former wide receiver with some speed and he gave the Dolphins a receiver with the ability to go deep down the middle of the field.

The other two tight ends currently on the roster, Anthony Fasano and Joey Haynos, don't have that kind of big-play ability.

It also hasn't helped that Fasano is having a really tough year, which started with two lost fumbles in the opener at Atlanta. Fasano isn't catching nearly as many passes as he did last year and he also has had his share of drops.

Perhaps if Fasano had been able to build up on his 2008 season the absence of Martin wouldn't be as noticeable, but as it stands out right now, yes, the Dolphins clearly have missed him.

Martin's name has come up several times in the last few weeks in interviews with both Coach Tony Sparano and offensive coordinator Dan Henning. Both have talked about how his absence has affected the offense.

It actually makes you wonder why the Dolphins couldn't have been more patient with Martin in early September and just carried him on the active roster while he recovered from minor knee surgery instead of losing his services for the season putting him on IR.

The Dolphins carried rookie John Nalbone on the active roster for the first five games and he contributed nothing to the offense. Carrying Martin would have had the same effect, except the Dolphins now would be on the verge of welcoming him back to the lineup (based on reports suggesting this is the time he would have been ready to return).

This Dolphins has a pretty good track record when it comes to personnel moves, but this is one they probably wish they could do over.

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