I'd agree based on what we as fans have seen, but that fact that he was in, and the coaches/Tannehill called his number on the critical game winning drive this past weekend tells me the coaches have seen enough of him in practice that they think he's ready to contribute now.
To me the development path taken with Michael Egnew parallels that taken with Paul Soliai. When we drafted Paul Soliai everyone could tell the guy had extremely rare strength with all of the other athletic makeup to be a dominant DT. His problem was that he was raw, not as hard a worker as we would have liked, and overall just not football-ready. His physical gifts were never in question, and it led to us carrying him with the bottom end of the roster rather than use that spot for a contributing special teamer or solid backup. We tried a lot of different motivational techniques including all the Parcels staples, but eventually he just grew up and figured it out for himself. His teammates helped and he appreciated it. Now he is one of the veterans consistently leading the locker room and giving back to the young guys.
Miami seems to be taking a similar approach with Egnew. We see the physical ability, but his slow processing of game information prevents that ability from making an impact on the field. He has improved his strength and is working on his blocking technique, but he's not quite good enough at that stuff yet to force Dion Sims off the role of blocking TE. His route running, decision making and hands haven't forced him onto the field as our pass catching TE. But, if he keeps improving, he has the ability to win both jobs and give us a true two-way TE.
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- Defending the Read Option - What do you think?
anybody have a clip of his catch ...or the final drive ?
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Reshad Jones, Brent Grimes, Cameron Wake, Paul Soliai, Dannell Ellerbe, Charles Clay, Ryan Tannehill, Rishard Matthews all disagree with you, and were all drafted by the Fins or their respective first teams bc of untapped potential
Forget the catch, which was a wonderful thing to behold..
If you watch the game tape, when Egnew was in the game as a blocker...he dominated. He saw less snaps in this game than in Indy or Cleveland, but his blocking was downright dominant. Trust me, I did a double take too. Coaches see that, and I expect that second half of the year...he'll be getting 50% of the snaps
I remember putting up a few threads on Egnew during camp, just saying that he deserved a chance. It would seem that he has done a lot of work to improve. His blocking is much improved but, has a bit to go. He has good TE speed, and his size could make for a VG end zone target. We shall see.
I recall some thinking that Clay should be gone, don't think we would be 3-0 without him. I recall some thinking that Jones and Clemons should be gone, don't think we would be 3-0 without them, etc.
A little patience is a good thing.