DAVIE — As Charles Clay continues to improve, the Dolphins feel they are moving closer to the two-tight end dynamic.
If so, the offense can open things up more, perhaps creating even further opportunities for playmakers Davone Bess, Brandon Marshall, Brian Hartline and Reggie Bush. It surely worked in 2008 when Anthony Fasano and David Martin combined for the best tight end season in Dolphins history.
That year, Martin caught 31 passes for 450 yards and three touchdowns. Fasano had 34 receptions for 454 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.
Another key stat: The Dolphins were 11-5 and made the playoffs.
What the formation does is allow teams to create mismatches against the defense. Opponents have the choice of playing a bigger lineup to stop the run or go small to cover the receivers.
Most times, if the tight ends are talented enough, the offense wins the matchup.
“If they bring little guys in the game, you can create matchup problems in the run game that way,” coach Tony Spara...