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    I was looking up his stats and he put up some impressive numbers in 2015. 53 receptions for 872 yards and 10 TD's 16.5 YPC. He could be a potential steal as a seam threat TE. I was watching some of his highlights and he looks more like a WR than a TE. We know Cameron is often injured so at least we now have some good depth at TE.

  • #2
    He compares himself to Jordan Reed, hopefully he won't be injury prone.
    The deeper the roots, the higher the reach.

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    • #3
      Bit undersized and more of a tweaner WR/TE... he's basically a big slot receiver. Like Drake, he can create some mismatches against LBs and safeties. He game Su'a Cravens fits.

      e's interesting though. Has to make the roster first though and that may take some doing.

      Neither Duarte nor Cameron can block for shat. Sims is our blocking TE.

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      • #4
        Also, there's this - http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profil...rte?id=2555483

        Funny comment on Cameron: Duarte is really a big receiver who bulked up for the move TE role he'll have in the NFL. After the film Jordan Cameron put out last season, Duarte looks to be the Dolphins' best pass catching tight end on the team. --Mark Dulgerian

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        • #5
          I will never complain about the Dolphins drafting a tight end. I complained for many years that I am tired of this organization ignoring the position. The Dolphins ignored the TE position for what seems decades. I guess GUARD is the Dolphins new position to ignore.

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          • gulfcoast74
            gulfcoast74 commented
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            And linebacker

          • DolphinsFreak
            DolphinsFreak commented
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            See...........they even have me forgetting about the linebacker position

        • #6
          Originally posted by cuchulainn View Post
          Also, there's this - http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profil...rte?id=2555483

          Funny comment on Cameron: Duarte is really a big receiver who bulked up for the move TE role he'll have in the NFL. After the film Jordan Cameron put out last season, Duarte looks to be the Dolphins' best pass catching tight end on the team. --Mark Dulgerian
          Yes Cameron was a major disappointment last year. He better pick up his game or he won't be back in 2017.

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          • cuchulainn
            cuchulainn commented
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            He already took a pay cut. He looks more and more like a 1 year wonder in Cleveland...

        • #7
          Originally posted by cuchulainn View Post
          Bit undersized and more of a tweaner WR/TE... he's basically a big slot receiver. Like Drake, he can create some mismatches against LBs and safeties. He game Su'a Cravens fits.

          e's interesting though. Has to make the roster first though and that may take some doing.

          Neither Duarte nor Cameron can block for shat. Sims is our blocking TE.
          Jordan Reed can't block either. We could use Duarte sort of how we used Clay to create mismatches on LB's. If he can put on about 10 lbs of muscle he should be fine.

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          • cuchulainn
            cuchulainn commented
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            An H-back... just hope he doesn't take 3 years to be any good like Clay did and is more consistent.

        • #8
          Speaking of TE's blocking ability or for the most part, lack thereof...I wonder at what point in time it no longer became a requirement of the position. In the old days a TE was nothing more than an extra O-Lineman who was occasionally thrown a pass or two, solid blocking skills was an absolute must..Then at some point the seam-threat TE was developed and it was almost like a magic bullet, a guy who was a WR in a TE's body creating HUGE mismatches down the field..A great weapon indeed, but along with running seam routes and giving LB's fits, why did they stop teaching 'em the art of blocking?? Seems that just like when we were playing as kids, everyone wants the ball but no one wants to do the grunt work! These days if you say blocking TE it almost sounds like an oxymoron........

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          • DolphinsFreak
            DolphinsFreak commented
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            It's just one of those things that baffles me. As a player or a coach it seems as though that should be so important to both to make sure that they were equally great at doing both, catching and blocking. The better you are at both the better you are at the position and the better your odds are at bring great at your position.

            The same goes with running backs. I don't understand why ALL running backs don't focus more time on CATCHING the football. Haven't they figured out if they can do both, run and catch, the more often they will be on the field and the higher their paycheck will be if they can do better at both?

          • cuchulainn
            cuchulainn commented
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            Have to account for the different body types and abilities and their role in the offense. I don't mind a great catching TE that is too small to be a viable blocker being used as another slot WR. What I hate is a lack of effort or focus IF they are asked to chip or block. Clay was the worst at giving effort on blocking. He only went thru motions half-heartedly. Cameron at least seems to try, he just sucks at it. Sims seems to lose focus downfield at times like he hears footsteps and loses focus on the ball.

          • Driven_Phinsane!
            Driven_Phinsane! commented
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            True DF,, & as far as RB's go you can also add blocking to the list as well,, there are very few backs in the NFL who can do all three with any competency!

        • #9
          I will continue to disagree with anyone who thinks that Jordan Cameron needs to pick up his game. If anyone needs to pick up their game it's Tannehill and the offensive coordinator, they are to blame for any dropoff in production by Cameron. The o-line didn't help matters either. Hopefully with an improved offensive line, a new offensive coordinator and Tannehull being babied another offseason that he will look to his tight ends more for help. Quarterbacks like Tanbehill should be looking to their tight ends all the time but he likes to lick in on certain players that he feels comfortable with, and it's usually the guy running the shirt route that he looks to first. This should be a way better year for Tanbehill and Cameron.

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          • cuchulainn
            cuchulainn commented
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            Both TEs had too many drops last season, but the offense we were in was no good for anyone. Especially with only a few games where the starting OL was actually together.

            From appearances, Gase is gearing up to run the same sort of offense he did in Denver. 60/40 passing/run as opposed to Lazor's 72/28 ratio. Should benefit everyone.

          • DolphinsFreak
            DolphinsFreak commented
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            I didn't see much difference between Sherman's offense and Lazor's offense. I hope that Gase and Christensen have a completely different way of running an offense because the last two head coaches and OC's have failed miserably. I expect great things from Joseph even though the defense was ignored in the draft. He does get a pass because of that but I expect him to do a superior job compared to Coyle.

            I would love to see Tannehill take deeper drops this season and sling that ball all around the field. They have the weapons to run an offense similar to what the Patriots run, and they win many games with that offense.

        • #10
          A MINI Me of Charles Clay

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          • cuchulainn
            cuchulainn commented
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            Hope he's more consistent and develops faster than Clay. Conversely, there wasn't a whole lot of difference last season between Clay and Cameron. I think Clay had 1 more TD and 300 more yards on the season.

            Be nice if Duarte proves to be a real gem.

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