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Miami Dolphins Offseason To Do List: Part IV Find a New Tight End

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I think everyone can agree on one thing, the Julius Thomas experiment was an epic fail. The Dolphins expected Thomas to regain his 2013-2015 form where he caught 24 touchdowns in 2 seasons. Thomas did look anywhere near that form, only catching three touchdowns and 314 yards. Thomas looked slow, and could not gain any separation on routes, especially in the red zone. Miami will be in the market for a new tight end and here are some potential targets.

Free Agent class has guys that can come in start right away, but their price tag won’t be cheap. Options like Jimmy Graham, Trey Burton, Austin Seferain-Jenkins and Tyler Eifert.

Jimmy Graham would be an instant upgrade and give Tannehill a nice big athletic target to throw to. Graham was considered the best tight end in the league with Gronkowski during his stint with the Saints. Graham had over 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in his last two season with the Saints. Graham has struggled a little with Seattle but came around strong these past two seasons, with 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns. It will cost a pretty penny to bring Graham to Miami.

Trey Burton is a young and upcoming tight end. He only caught 23 passes this season and 14 went for first downs, five went for touchdowns. He brings playmaking ability to the position that really lacked it in 2017. Burton will cost some money but not as much as Graham.

Austin Seferain-Jenkins and Tyler Eifert are the cheaper options but they do present the most risk. Eifert as we know has had problems staying healthy in the past. He has played a total of 10 games in the past two seasons. When healthy Eifert has shown he can be a playmaker. In 2015, when Eifert played in 13 games, he caught 52 passes for 615 yards, and 13 touchdowns. Seferain-Jenkins is a guy who you’re bettong can play at a higher level than he has. He had a career best 357 yards last year. Seferain-Jenkins is a freak athlete who has yet reach his potential, and could be a cheap option.

Miami could also look the draft to address the tight end position. Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews and South Dakota State’s Dallas Goedart are two intriguing options but unless they fall to 2nd round unlikely they end up in Miami.

The tight ends in the draft include Hayden Hurst (South Carolina), Jaylen Samuels(NC State), Mike Geisicki(Penn State), and Troy Fumagalli(Wisconsin)

 

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Cardinals’ Mike McCoy Not Concerned Over Job Security

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Despite their anemic offense, Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is not worried about his job security moving forward.

“We’re preparing like every other week,” McCoy said of their upcoming tilt against the Denver Broncosvia the team’s official website. “Our objective every week is to go out and win the next game we’re playing. That’s our focus.”

McCoy also stated that he doesn’t pay attention to the rumors, because he doesn’t watch a lot of television.

“No offense, but I don’t watch a lot of TV,” McCoy said. “I don’t read papers. I don’t get on the internet. I’m too busy doing other things, putting plans together. And when my family is in town, I spend every minute I can with them, or talking to them at night when they’re in San Diego, things like that. I’ve been in this long enough (to not get wrapped up in the fervor).”

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Packers’ Jaire Alexander Learning from Early Experience

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Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander is taking it all in, the NFL experience, training camp, the NFL preseason, practices, and the knowledge that his more experienced teammates, such as Packers cornerback Davon House can bestow.

“I learned a bunch,” Alexander said, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “Got to experience what a game is like, just trying to pay attention to the calls and the formations. See what the offense likes to run, and things like that. There were a lot of moving parts for me, so I was really concentrating on getting the play call and try to see myself in those positions.”

House notices how Alexander has traits of a veteran, even though her is a rookie.

“He says he can tell that the game isn’t as hard as everyone says it is — from watching it live,” House said. “Jaire isn’t a regular rookie. He’s kind of already in the flow of things.”

“Everyone likes him; very likable kid,” House said. “He’s eager, very coachable. We feed off of him. The energy he brings to the locker room, to the field when he makes plays, it’s always positive.”

Alexander’s conversion into the NFL game has been fluid, but House can understand why.

“It is hard, but it isn’t as hard as what we’re going against in practice,” House said. “You’re going against A-Rod, Davante [Adams], Jimmy Graham, and then you see other teams and it’s not even close to what we go through in practice, which makes it easier.”

House will be with Alexander, mentoring him, along with other veterans, as he prepares for the ups and downs of his first NFL season.

“That’s something we’ve always promoted,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “It makes you proud, but that’s something our guys do a really good job of. … Our younger players closing that gap with the veteran players is vital to the success of our football team and getting ready for [Week 1 against] Chicago, and our guys do a great job of that.”

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Dez Bryant Waiting To Sign With A Contender

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It’s been a slow market for former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who may regret turning down a three-year pact from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this offseason.

Bryant is waiting for a contender to come calling, but very little interest has been shown in the decline wide receiver, who was released by Dallas in the spring.

According to Ian Rapport of NFL Network, Bryant is willing to wait.

“He’s being choosy, wants to be with a team that of course can win right away, and the kind of team that can compete for championships and, from what it sounds like, this is a guy who is willing to wait. And we know that because he’s still waiting, so it is quiet.

Dez Bryant could be one of those guys who waits around and in the event of some injury to a top receiver maybe he gets a call and the kind of deal that he’s been waiting for.”

Teams to watch are the New England Patriots, the Tennessee Titans, and the Atlanta Falcons, who could come calling, but Bryant may not be their first choice.

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