Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Dion Sims was drafted by the Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Sims, who is 6-foot-4 and has great speed, is getting ready for an expanded role in the new offense under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Having a year of experience isn't hurting him either.
"I'm a lot better, a lot smarter, better knowledge of the game and just know what to expect after seeing some stuff last year. [I've] got some experience so it'll carry over."
Sims, who had only six receptions for 32 yards during his rookie season last year, said he focused on getting stronger, quicker off the line and better at running routes during his workouts this offseason. He's also developed more chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
"Him being able to trust me — that's the main thing. [I'm] just trying to build my foundation now and do whatever I can to help this team win and just make plays when my number is called," Sims said.
"Over time you build the trust that the receiver is going to be there and I'm going to make the right throw," Tannehill said. "That's the biggest thing — trusting the receivers, trusting myself, them trusting me."
Sims is battling Michael Egnew, Arthur Lynch, Gator Hoskins and Kyle Miller for the second tight end spot behind Charles Clay. Based on reports coming out of camp though, it appears that the backup position is his to lose. Time will tell whether or not he can hang onto that spot.
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