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Mike Sherman: May be too late for Egnew (this year)

The Dolphins have needed more production from their tight end position for several years now. It simply needs to improve and while Anthony Fasano is a solid player, he's not dynamic.

So some people hoped when the Dolphins invested a third-round pick on the position, the issue would be resolved. But Michael Egnew has so far not been able to be that solution.

And his chances of being that this year are practically nil, according offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.

"We're at that point in the season where you can't teach football weekly," Sherman said Thursday. "It's cumulatively. There's so much volume that if he hasn't had that rep two weeks ago, there's things we'll call in the game that we haven't ... we've walked through it. We've talked about it. But we haven't run it through full speed because there's not enough plays in practice.

And how does that affect Egnew?

"He doesn't have the benefit of cumulative learning of the offense so it limits him," Sherman said. "That's why it's so important and I tell rookies all the time, you have to come out of the blocks early because the guys that come out of the blocks get the reps. He didn't do that early. Now, he's getting better. He's working his butt off. I'm really excited about what he's going to be. But it's just harder to put him in there ahead of Fasano or ahead of [Charles] Clay at this juncture." 

So don't expect Egnew this year -- at least not at this juncture. The Dolphins view of him today is it is basically a redshirt year.

And that leads me to this:

So any young offensive player that didn't get out of the blocks early, as Sherman says, is pretty much out of the question later in the season?

Seems to me the problem there is not only with the rookie's slow start but also with a system or approach that basically doesn't allow for a player starting slow and then bursting onto the scene once he gets his NFL footing.

New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham, for example, was raw and needed a lot of work when he was a rookie. And he didn't have a catch in any of his first four games and had only one catch through five games. But did the Saints basically store him away until his second season?

Nope.

Graham was given the chance to grow in-season. In his final eight games of the 2010 season, he caught 26 passes. He scored four touchdowns the final three games of the season. Graham, who had played mostly basketball at the University of Miami, developed slowly as a rookie. But the Saints made room for that development and plugged him in as he improved later in the year.

Doesn't seem the Dolphins can do that.

 

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Cumulative... This guys does not have the football IQ required to learn a complex system such as a west coast offense. That being being, this staff selected this kid for his size and pass catching abilities. Mando we can sit here and debate all you want, but the reality is we do not have the talent yet. I was skeptical about Ireland for some time, but lately (last year) he put together his best draft ever. Let's take a step back and give these you kids some breathing room and instead of blogging criticism, perhaps we should try expressing some encouraging words.... Just a thought.

Its all about next years draft.
5 picks in the first 3 rounds plus free agency. We should due able to address many of the holes in this team. I'm not a big fan of getting in free agents. You'll notice the best teams rarely do it. Green Bay never get free agents and NE occasionally do it.

But if we can get an OG, or WR in free agency then concentrate on WR, TE, CB in the draft then we will be on the road to success.

Stick with Tannehill, Martin will be one year wiser. Long injury free.

Egnew's a BUST....Next!

Eghead, sorry, Egnew a third rd pick cant even get on the game roster,,,one time? How pittyful. Typical of Jefferys drafting prowes. A third rd pk wont play one down of football, sounds like they should let him go. Comparing him to Jimmy Graham is comparing apples to oranges. One is red, the other isnt. Jeffey has drafted some lazy, no good football players, but Eghead takes the prize. Looks like the Dolphins will end up 4-12 with another good chance to draft some very good players,,,but with Jeffery the issue is in dought.

Armando, maybe you're right. Or maybe, the coach is covering for the young players who haven't progressed to where they can be depended upon.

SHERMAN IS AN A-HOLE. SAME AS SPARANO, DO NOT HAVE A
CLUE OF HOW TO RUN AN OFFENSE. HIS PLAY CALLING IN A
LOT OF GAMES HAVE BEEN REALLY REALLY BAD & SPARANOSQUE
IN MY OPININ HEHAS LOST US SOME GAMES. THEY STOP BEING
AGRESSIVE WHEN THEY ARE IN FRONT, INSTEAD OF GOING FOR
THE JUGULAR. THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR?. AFTER ALL THEY FI-
RE HIM FROM TWO TEAMS, AND THEY BOTH DID MUCH BETTER
AFTER HE LEFT. I KNOW IS EARLY BUT U R NOT WINING WHY
NOT PLAY THE YOUNGER GUYS. FORGET ABOUT GETTING OUT OF
THE BLOCKS FAST, PLAY THE GUYS: MILLIER HAS BEEN THE
BEST RUNNING BACK OF THE THREE. WHY IS HE NOT PLAYING
MORE WHEN BUSH IS NOT DOING ANYTHING. THIS GUY SHERMAN
HAS LOST US A COUPLE OF GAMES.

I Agree oscar,

the draft is the best way to build a team is undoubtedly through the draft, but as already stated sometimes the RIGHT addition in f/agency can be the difference between a oh so nearly team to a team competing for championships regularly

Sorry Armando. If Egnew becomes half the player Graham is ( Fasano) I will eat my 2001 dolphins shorts. You can just see It in his body language and demeanor. Don't think that will change unfortunately.

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