Point 1: The Miami Dolphins will be keeping a close eye on Dallas Clark this Monday night.
With the Colts' No. 2 wide receiver, Anthony Gonzalez, sidelined with a knee injury, it makes sense that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will lean more heavily on his top receiver, Reggie Wayne, and tight end Dallas Clark when Indianapolis plays in Miami. Behind those two top-notch targets, the team has a pair of talented, but still young and developing receivers--second-year player Pierre Garcon and rookie Austin Collie. Indianapolis also added former Eagle Hank Baskett to the mix this week.
But in addition to Clark clearly being the second-best receiver on the team right now, all you had to do was take note of Miami head coach Tony Sparano's comments during his Friday press conference to realize that the 30-year-old tight end is clearly on Miami's radar this week.
"I spent a lot of time with Dallas when he came out as a player, out of college. I was coaching the tight ends at the time," Sparano said. "I thought the guy was a very smart football player, but more importantly, this guy is just a football player. I mean, really likes it, likes the game. (He's) curious about it, likes lifting weights. Just a football junkie, one of those types of guys.
"I think his strengths are his hands, number one. His route-running ability detached from the formation, I think the guy is outstanding out in space like that. I think he is a much better blocker than people give him credit for. I think the way you have to prepare to handle him is similar to the way you have to handle a Tony Gonzalez type of player."
Sparano's Dolphins allowed Gonzalez to roll up 73 receiving yards and score a touchdown during a disappointing 19-7 loss to the Falcons. They hope to rebound with a win over the Colts, who held off the Jacksonville Jaguars by a count of 14-12 last Sunday.
Point 2: Jets safety Jim Leonhard says that head coach Rex Ryan doesn't coach effort.