Are We Seeing a New Egnew?

One of the standouts in the Dolphins' second full practice of training camp Monday morning was tight end Michael Egnew. He's a player who needs a lot of those type of performances after a rookie season that could only be described as disappointing.

A year after being a third-round pick, Egnew faces a challenge simply to make the Dolphins roster this season.

The tight end group includes veteran Dustin Keller, third-year player Charles Clay, 2012 late-season acquisition Kyle Miller and rookie fourth-round pick Dion Sims.

"I came into this training camp just trying to work my hardest," Egnew said after practice Monday. "That's my goal, every play just do it the best I can and let it play itself out."

Egnew was inactive for the first 14 games of the 2012 season before making his NFL debut in late December in a home game against the Buffalo Bills.

He didn't catch a pass in those two games.

"I learned you always got to prepared, prepare for more than you think it's going to be, because it always is," Egnew said.

After an offseason spent doing a lot of MMA training — Egnew said he worked out five days a week — Egnew says he's "better, for sure" than he was at this point last year.

When asked whether he felt the improvement was more physical or mental, Egnew replied: "It's an all-around more comfortable feeling that I have with the offense."

While there is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the final make-up of the roster at tight end, it's clear that Egnew is going to have to step up his game to stay on the team.

The drafting of Sims this past April gave the Dolphins another option at the position, although Egnew didn't say he necessarily saw it as a challenge to him.

"To me, I just get another teammate," Egnew said. "The only thing I can worry about is how hard I work every day. Fortunately for me, Dion is a great guy. He's a fun guy to talk to. To me it's just another advantage.

"It doesn't matter who's out there with me. All I can do is work my very hardest every day and that's what I was doing."

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