Sims Standing Out Early In Camp

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Fourth-round pick is catching the eye of coaching staff.

Youth is being served on this year’s Miami Dolphins, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and rookie tight end Dion Sims hasn’t wasted any time making his mark.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound former Michigan State standout is quickly proving to be effective as a pass catching threat down the seam in drills, making use of his size and strong hands. He’s also shown some athleticism after losing some weight in adjusting to balls thrown a little behind him or a little high, not afraid to leave his feet and absorb the contact, and tonight’s intrasquad scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium should allow him to make even more waves.

“You know the demands of that position are extensive in terms of blocking both run and pass and route running,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “I think he’s handled those things well and we’re excited to see him play tonight.”

Sims has the luxury of learning from veteran tight end Dustin Keller, one of the better pass-catching tight ends in the league over the last five years. He’s also gotten some guidance from Charles Clay, who is in his third year, and is relishing the chance to develop his game more as a blocker and overall tight end by learning from offensive tackles Tyson Clabo and Jonathan Martin and trying to block Cameron Wake.

As the first week progressed, Sims began to see more time with the first unit and quarterback Ryan Tannehill, taking advantage of each and every opportunity. He admits he’s still adjusting to the pace of an NFL training camp and hasn’t yet caught his breath yet on that front, but he’s buried his head in the playbook to stay ahead and be prepared.

“I’m going to do whatever it takes,” said Sims, who caught 36 passes for 475 yards and two touchdowns last year for the Spartans. “Wherever they put me out there I just want to be out there. I want to play, I’m here to play and I believe that I can be the top guy in my spot. I’m just continuing to work everyday at that and by the time the regular season hits I’ll be ready for sure. The first week has been going well and I just continue to make progress and I’m just scratching the surface.”
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