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Earlier this week, Dolphins general manager Jeff ireland was asked by WQAM's Joe Rose about Egnew, and what he sees in the disappointing rookie. "I see a 6-4, 260-pound guy who runs a 4.65," Ireland responded. "I see a guy having vertical speed down the middle of the field. I see a big guy that moves well. I see a developing player with his hand in the dirt.
"I see a competitive guy. I can name several players at that position that did very little in their first year and became big time playmakers. That's a position that develops differently. Other than quarterback, that position is the most mentally and physically demanding."
Despite Egnew only playing 25 snaps this season, the Dolphins seem to not have given up hope on him developing for 2013. However, reports from anonymous Dolphins players continue to leak out, expressing just how bad a year Egnew had last year. This week, a Miami Herald report stated Egnew was still having problems in Week 17 learning and remembering the team's game plan and play book.
Personally, I have defended Egnew because I feel that, as Dolphins fans, we have gotten way to quick to declare someone a bust, never allowing a player time to adjust to the NFL. Tight ends do develop slowly sometimes, including a player like Jermichael Finley, who many Dolphins fans want to acquire this offseason. Finley only caught six passes his rookie season. Egnew has talent, and could become a weapon for the Dolphins. While at Missouri, Egnew was used more like a slot receiver than as a true, in line tight end; Egnew had to learn how to play with his hand in the dirt and, essentially, how to block.