When Joey Haynos suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in training camp and veteran David Martin's second tour of duty failed to last beyond the preseason, the Miami Dolphins opted to go with disappointing 2009 fifth-rounder John Nalbone as their lone backup tight end.
Nalbone failed to last a month into the regular season, and the Dolphins proceeded to utilize a mixture of two seventh-round rookies and an undrafted free agent as Anthony Fasano's No. 2 man, with no success.
While Fasano posted career highs in receiving yards and touchdowns in 2010, he was unable to lift the entire position up to a productive level with no quality counterpart.
Just two years after the Dolphins' backup tight ends combined for 33 receptions, 472 yards, and four touchdowns, Nalbone, Jeron Mastrud, Mickey Shuler totaled just two catches for 28 yards. Both were by Shuler.
Prepare to shake your heads in disappointment, because I'm about to hand out individual grades for the Dolphins' tight ends in 2010.
Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.