Dolphins coach Adam Gase expects TE Julius Thomas to cause similar matchup problems with Miami like he did in Denver in 2013 and 2014.
According to Gase, the Dolphins were seeing a lot of base defenses when they went with three wide receivers and one tight end. Essentially, opponents didn't fear Miami's tight ends enough and were willing to cover them with linebackers, and the statistics bear that out.
The Dolphins did not get nearly enough production out of the tight end position last season due to injuries and inconsistency. Last year’s starters -- Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims -- combined for just 34 receptions for 316 yards and five touchdowns.
Thomas knows the system well and shouldn’t have a big learning curve, the story said. Gase also knows how to get the best out of Thomas and will put together a productive route tree and efficient ways to use the tight end.
“That’s up in the air right now,” Cameron said.
Cameron, a tight end with six years of NFL experience, did not go into detail about what types of testing he has undergone following a fourth concussion and if or how he has progressed.
Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron will not play again this season and may never play again after his latest concussion.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are ending Cameron’s season and putting him on injured reserve, and that Cameron has concerns about his long term health and will consider retiring.
The 28-year-old Cameron, who is in the final year of his contract with the Dolphins, has had four concussions in the last four seasons. He has visited with concussion specialists since suffering his latest concussion in September but has not been cleared to play. Sims and Gray have shown a flash or two but generally the Dolphins aren't getting much out of the TE position in terms of fantasy.
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He's seen specialists to address his head injury and migraines, and is still in the early stages of the NFL's concussion protocol program.
Considering Cameron hasn't entered the stage where he can practice with the team it is possible that he might be shelved past Sunday's home game against the New York Jets.
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The Miami Dolphins have two tight ends in the concussion protocol.
Coach Adam Gase said Monday Dion Sims did indeed suffer a concussion against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. He also said Jordan Cameron, who has missed three games while in the concussion protocol, remains in that status.
Sims, you'll recall, suffered a concussion in the regular-season opener at Washington in 2015 and missed a month as a result.
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