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Dolphins tight ends playing historically well

Dolphins tight end David Martin suffered a concussion during Sunday's victory over the New York Jets, according to one person close to the player. The team will monitor his status on a day-to-day basis this week.

That is important to note because as the Dolphins prepare for the coming playoff game with the Ravens, the Miamians pretty much need all hands on deck to compete with Batimore's defense. And the tight end position that consists of Anthony Fasano, Martin, and of late, Joey Haynos, is a key to Miami's success offensively.

It could even be argued the tight end spot is Miami's second-most productive position on offense, depending on what game we're discussing. That is no misprint. On any given Sunday this year, Miami's tight ends have been as productive, and sometimes more productive, than the running backs.

(In case you are wondering, the most productive position on Miami's offense this year undoubtedly was the quarterback spot.)

But I digress.

Miami tight ends contributed 67 receptions for 967 yards and 11 touchdowns during the regular season. That combined total is not equal to the otherworldly numbers Tony Gonzalez put up this year -- 96 receptions for 1,158 yards. But the stats are in the same orbit with those of Jason Witten or Antonio Gates.

Granted, the Dolphins often line up with double-tights, as they say. And they don't have one tight end that produces as those other individuals produce. But what does it matter in the grand team scheme of things if the production is coming from one guy playing the position or three guys sharing the spot? Production is production is production.

And Miami's tight ends produced on a historical scale.

Both Fasano and Martin had career years. The combined 926 receiving yards by Miami's tight ends set a new team record for the position, surpassing the 901 yards posted by Randy McMichael and Donald Lee in 2004.

Fasano's seven touchdowns tied Keith Jackson's seven in 1994 for most scoring catches in a season by a Miami tight end. The 11 combined TD receptions by this group tied the number set when Joe Rose, Bruce Hardy and Dan Johnson combined for 11 in 1985.

And if you still aren't convinced Miami's tight ends are important, chew on this little statistical nugget: The Dolphins had eight passing touchdowns in December as they made their dramatic playoff push.

Seven of those eight TDs went to tight ends.

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