Vernon said when he and Miller are together, special teams coach Darren Rizzi will say, Look, its the U boys!
Egnew, who hasnt been active for any of Miamis four games, remains the one disappointment in the group, with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman acknowledging this week that the 78th overall pick is still making rookie mistakes.
The Dolphins believe that Charles Clay is clearly ahead of Egnew as the No. 2 tight end and like using Jeron Mastrud for about a dozen plays per game because of his value as a blocker.
Egnew, whom the Dolphins envision as a potential stretch-the-field threat, wasnt asked to block a lot at Missouri.
Im way better as an in-line blocker than when I got here, he said. Ive got to be more consistent with pass catching. Jeff Ireland tells me to keep getting better. He views me as a weapon.
Egnew said hes not scarred by Sherman telling him in the preseason that he would cut Egnew if Sherman were general manager a scene that aired on HBOs Hard Knocks.
I have thick skin, Egnew said. Hes a great coach and his methods are not questionable.
But Egnew said he needed to become more private on social media after that unfortunate moment on Hard Knocks, because so many people were commenting on it.
Tannehill, Martin, Miller and Vernon arent the only rookies contributing.
Jorvorskie Lane, four years out of college but still listed as a rookie, starts at fullback.
And defensive linemen Derrick Shelby and Kheeston Randall have played 50 and 44 snaps, respectively.