Fins might stand pat at tight end

A source told the Miami Herald that the Dolphins are content with the tight ends they have on the roster.

08/31/2013 12:00 AM

08/31/2013 7:52 PM

While several NFL teams began making their prescribed cuts Friday, the Dolphins’ roster remained unchanged.

And so, the same four tight ends who were on the team to start the day remained Dolphins when it ended: Charles Clay as the starter, along with reserves Dion Sims, Michael Egnew and Kyle Miller.

And, as a source told the Miami Herald on Friday, the group will probably look pretty much the same to start the season, too.

The Dolphins will spend the weekend scanning the waiver wire and pursuing trade options for upgrades, but the source said the team is more comfortable with the tight end position than credited.

Decision-makers were particularly impressed Friday by the rookie Sims, who caught four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans’ backups.

“I thought he caught the ball well,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said after the game. “There were a couple [of defensive players] who got to him relatively quickly, and he adjusted his body a little bit and made the catch.”

When asked about potentially adding players via the waiver wire, Philbin said he’s sure Jeff Ireland’s personnel department will “look at every avenue possible to improve the football team.”

But, in the end, the Dolphins simply might not like what they see.

The Patriots, who have their own tight end issues, with Aaron Hernandez jailed on a murder charge, cut two loose Friday: Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells.

Ballard apparently still isn’t right after two knee surgeries, and Fells had just five catches for 41 yards during the preseason.

Meanwhile, the Browns parted ways with Dan Gronkowski, brother of Patriots star Rob Gronkowski, late in the day. Dan Gronkowski doesn’t have an NFL catch since 2010.

The Eagles appear to have a surplus of tight ends, with Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, Clay Harbor and James Casey, who injured his hamstring Thursday night. However, none was among the 13 cuts made by Philadelphia on Friday.

The Packers have a similar glut at the position. As of late Friday afternoon, they had seven tight ends listed on their depth chart.

Jermichael Finley isn’t going anywhere, but backups Andrew Quarless and D.J. Williams played under Philbin when he was Green Bay’s offensive coordinator.

A league source indicated that Williams would likely end up the as Packers’ No. 2 tight end, a sign that Quarless might be available for the right price.

• Dion Jordan told reporters late Thursday night that he “can play” if asked to in next Sunday’s season opener. But he added, “I’m not looking at it as the time line.”

Jordan, the draft’s No. 3 overall pick, missed the final three weeks of preseason after aggravating his surgically repaired shoulder.

“I’m trying to be patient,” Jordan said. “It’s really testing my patience. I do know the situation.”

• In an article appearing on NFL.com on Friday, Dolphins guard Richie Incognito acknowledged past substance abuse but credits meditation learned from Ricky Williams and the prescription medication Paxil for putting his life in order.

Later in the day, Incognito answered questions on Twitter about the story, including one on the biggest obstacle he had to overcome during his troubled years.

“Realizing I was the problem and not everyone around me,” Incognito responded.

• Quarterback Aaron Corp sustained a broken collarbone late in the Dolphins’ preseason victory over New Orleans, according to a league source. He is expected to receive an injury settlement.

Miami Herald sportswriter Armando Salguero contributed to this report.

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