Not the Bess of Times
WR Davone Bess
WR Davone Bess

Posted Dec 20, 2011


Despite their win Sunday, the Dolphins have had a disappointing year, and so has receiver Davone Bess, who is on pace to record the worst statistical season of his four-year career. Bess, who is primarily used in the slot, has contributed 42 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns.

He's second on the team in receptions, behind Brandon Marshall's 70 catches. But Bess' numbers are far from the 79 passes he caught in 2010, or the 76 he caught in 2009.

In fact, Bess figures to catch fewer passes and produce fewer receiving yards than he had his rookie season, when he came out of nowhere as an undrafted rookie from Hawaii and contributed 54 catches for 554 yards and one touchdown.

"It's like that sometimes," Bess said, trying to mask his frustration after Sunday's 30-23 win over Buffalo, in which he didn't catch a pass for the first time in his NFL career.

The Dolphins are on pace to have 462 pass attempts this season, which would be the fewest the offense has totaled since 2003.

Last season, the Dolphins had 557 attempts, and the year before that, there were 545 passes.

That's part of the reason Bess' opportunities are down. He's also working with a new quarterback, Matt Moore, who prefers to throw downfield instead of using his slot receiver, who is often the safety valve for a quarterback. That's part of the reason Chad Henne leaned on Bess a lot in his three seasons as a starter.

Ironically, Bess' average of 10.8 yards per reception is a career high.

"Could I have done a lot more as far as making plays that could help my team? Yes. Definitely!" Bess said. "I'll be ready when my number calls. That's all I can say on that note."


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