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Miami Dolphins place TE David Martin on Injured Reserve

Too bad Joe Rose can’t play any more. From the Miami Herald-

The Dolphins still have four tight ends on the roster. But now they have only one with significant NFL playing experience.David Martin

After putting David Martin and his eight seasons of NFL experience on an injury reserve Sunday, the Dolphins claimed 6-4, 256-pound rookie tight end Davon Drew, a fifth-round draft pick who was waived by the Baltimore Ravens.

That leaves starter Anthony Fasano, a player of 48 NFL games and starter of 27, as the only tight end with more than a smidge of NFL game experience. Joey Haynos’ seven games last year put him seven games up on rookies Drew and John Nalbone. And Drew hasn’t been in camp, so he is unlikely to be up to speed by Sunday’s season opener in Atlanta.

Miami doesn’t use two tight end formations but they are terribly thin at this position. Nalbone didn’t impress in camp or preseason games and I’m surprised he is still around.

The local news media really made a mess out of Martin’s situation with the Dolphins. Two newspapers down here reported Miami as cutting Martin before correcting themselves. Getting a news scoop is great but only when what is being reported is accurate.

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