Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Arthur Lynch, a fifth round pick out of Georgia, was drafted to add stability and depth to the tight end position group. Unfortunately, no one knows if he can fulfill that role as he has been injured throughout all of training camp with a back injury. While he has practiced on a limited basis almost every practice, he hasn’t seen any live game action at the NFL level.
While Lynch said he feels good enough to play, he hasn’t been cleared by the doctors.
“If you’re asking me how I feel on a personal level — I’m not a doctor, I can’t read MRIs or X-rays — from that standpoint I can’t tell you right now,” Lynch said. “If you were like ‘hey, can you play tonight?” I’d say ‘yeah, heck yeah.’ I thought I could play in the past one as well but there’s time tables you have to abide to. I plan on following the orders of coaches. They tell me what I can do. That’s when I’ll do it.”
Lynch is eager to get on the field to prove that he belongs in the NFL but is growing more and more frustrated every day he doesn’t get better.
“I fully intend to play in the games,” he said. “Obviously you’ve got to make the team first. You’ve got to contribute in the preseason to make the 53-man roster. But I have no intentions of wanting to sit out. I’m healthy enough to do a lot of things. I think a lot of the stuff is precautionary issues of why I haven’t played so far in the preseason games. My body’s healing and I’m getting really excited for Thursday in hopes to knock out my first preseason game in the NFL.”
“The thing that’s hardest about this situation that I’m currently in is I can’t go full speed. That’s what I want to show. But I also think that has been a blessing in disguise as well because it’s made me focus on my route running ability, my ability to garner the playbook and what they want me to do here. That’s the positive to look at.”
Lynch is mainly known for his blocking, which the Dolphins could use a lot of right now, especially in the run game. It remains to be seen whether Lynch will overcome this injury to contribute in 2014 but my guess is that he ends up on injured reserve as he heals his back and dives into the nuances of the NFL while he’s rehabbing.