A Tale Of Two Kory's: Hidden Gems on the Dolphins' Roster

J. BrunoCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21:  Tight end Kory Sperry of Colorado State catches the football in passing drills during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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When it comes to offense, the 2010 Dolphins are quite deep in a couple of areas, namely the RB and TE positions. 

On many rosters, one would expect to find players of a lesser-caliber sitting at or near the bottom of the depth chart. This is not the case in Miami.

I found it an odd coincidence that the two players on the Fins' offense whom I feel to be rather overlooked, share a none-too-common first name. Let's have a look at these youngsters.


TE Kory Sperry

Dolphins fans have not had much of a chance to see Sperry in action, as he has only started one game for the team.

When Anthony Fasano was unable to play in a Week 10 match-up versus the Buccaneers, No. 85 was thrust into action and began making immediate contributions.

Including being the first player on the 2009 team to score a touchdown in the final two minutes of either half.

While Kory only logged 3 receptions for 31 yards, each play he was a part of made a difference for the Dolphins; two 13-yard gains for first downs that helped the Fins to come back after the defense let go of a 19-6 first half lead, and an amazing catch of a 5-yard bullet shot by Chad Henne for a touchdown.

It seems to me that if Sperry sees more playing time this year, he will certainly be an impact player. There are not too many guys out there that could step onto the field for a cold start mid-way through the season, and return that kind of production.

It is my sincere hope that management will give Kory Sperry ample opportunity to continue to prove that he can be a valuable supplement for Anthony Fasano, and Joey Haynos. 

At 6'4", 242lbs., he makes an excellent target in the red zone, not to mention an  asset for blocking on the outside edge.


RB Kory Sheets

Kory No. 2 has had even less of a chance to prove himself as a Miami Dolphin, with no starts, and only one carry for five yards in Week 17 versus the Steelers.

Sheets, acquired from the 49'ers practice squad mid-way through '09, is part of a supporting cast of three capable runners backing up the Ronnie and Ricky Show.

Known in college (and the NFL combine when he recorded a 4.39s 40 yd time) for his pure speed, Sheets saw significant playing time in four preseason games for the 'Niners, scoring three touchdowns, and rushing for almost 200 yards.

Even occupying the bottom HB slot on the depth chart, Kory Sheets could very well be forced into action in the near future.

Lisfranc surgeries such as the one undergone last season by Ronnie Brown, have been known to be accompanied by possible complications as long as 18 months after the fact.

That, combined with Ricky Williams advanced age, suggest that Kory could, in a worst-case scenario, rapidly jump from fifth HB to third; a role that would certainly come with a lot more playing time.

Purdue's all-time rushing touchdown leader should be up to the challenge.

If nothing else, he is the closest thing that the Dolphins have to track-speed now that Ted Ginn has been sent to San Francisco. There is a fair chance that he will act as a kick returner at some point this season.

Tony Sparano even expressed regret over failing to afford Sheets more playing time in 2009, another clue that we might see more of him very soon.

In the words of the Dolphins' head coach, "This guy can really, really run."

So, while there are no guarantees for the two Kory's in 2010, I believe that a time will come when they will be asked to take up an increased role in this Miami Dolphins offense: something to which I, for one, am looking forward.


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