Miami Dolphins: What Happened to Tight End Michael Egnew?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst INovember 23, 2012

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Tight end Michael Egnew #82 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates after scoring against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Sun Devils defeated the Tigers 37-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The tight end situation has not been pretty for the Miami Dolphins.

Ryan Tannehill cannot seem to rely on them for short-yardage situations.

Anthony Fasano has been hit or miss, and Charles Clay seemingly took a vacation this season. But what happened to the tight end the 'Fins took in the third round of the draft this year?

So far this season, Michael Egnew has been an utter disappointment. Currently the fourth option on Miami's depth chart as a tight end, Egnew was drafted to provide Tannehill with a reliable receiving option who also could provide a boost to the blocking scheme in the running game.

But Egnew has been nothing of the sort.

His preseason performance was weak in comparison to his competitors. And with all the expectations surrounding his rookie year, Egnew quickly fell out of the spotlight.

A third-round pick out of Missouri, Egnew was regarded as one of the best tight ends in the 2012 NFL draft. His junior season put him on the map. A finalist for the John Mackey award, which is given to the nation's best tight end, Egnew was a member of the first team All-Big 12 and was recognized as first team All-American.

His senior season was less productive, but he still had the skill set needed for the NFL.

At least, that was the consensus of the scouts that monitored his progress.

He was the third tight end drafted in the 2012 NFL draft, and expectations were high. The organization liked what they say and inked him to a four-year deal before the preseason even began. And that was when Egnew disappeared.

The organization is hoping for a resurgence, but his questionable play keeps him off the field. And as the team strives for playoff contention in the coming years, Egnew must improve, or he could find himself cut, without a contract and without any other NFL suitors.

The future for Michael Egnew is, at this point, a giant question mark.