Point 1: The Miami Dolphins will be keeping
a close eye on Dallas Clark this Monday night.
the Colts' No. 2 wide receiver, Anthony Gonzalez, sidelined with a knee
injury, it makes sense that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will lean
more heavily on his top receiver, Reggie Wayne, and tight end Dallas
Clark when Indianapolis plays in Miami. Behind those two top-notch
targets, the team has a pair of talented, but still young and
developing receivers--second-year player Pierre Garcon and rookie
Austin Collie. Indianapolis also added former Eagle Hank
to the mix this week.
But in addition to Clark clearly being the
receiver on the team right now, all you had to do was take note of
coach Tony Sparano's comments during his Friday press conference to
realize that the 30-year-old tight end is clearly on Miami's radar this
spent a lot of time with Dallas when he came out as a player, out of
college. I was coaching the tight ends at the time," Sparano said. "I
thought the guy was a very smart football player, but more importantly,
this guy is just a football player. I mean, really likes it, likes the
game. (He's) curious about it, likes lifting weights. Just a football
one of those types of guys.
"I think his strengths are his
hands, number one. His route-running ability detached from
formation, I think the guy is outstanding out in space like that. I
think he is a much better blocker than people give him credit for. I
think the way you have to prepare to handle him is similar to the way
you have to handle a Tony Gonzalez type of player.”
Dolphins allowed Gonzalez to roll up 73 receiving yards and score a
touchdown during a disappointing 19-7
loss to the Falcons. They hope to rebound with a win over
the Colts, who
the Jacksonville Jaguars by a count of 14-12 last Sunday.
Point 2: Jets
safety Jim Leonhard says that head coach Rex Ryan doesn't coach effort.
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