Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Brett Brackett has been cut from an NFL team more times than you can count on one hand. He was first released by the Miami Dolphins in 2011, then the Jaguars a month later, then the Eagles in 2012 and then the Jaguars again in 2013. Add the Cardinals to the list in 2014 and then the Dolphins once again in 2014.
It's crazy to think how many times one can get released yet still picked up so many more times by either the same team or another team. Now, in his third stint with the Dolphins, he's hoping to stay for good.
Head coach Joe Philbin likes what Brackett can bring to the team but admits that he has some work to do, especially in the blocking area of the game.
“You guys have noticed him,” Joe Philbin said, “he’s kind of quarterback friendly. He’s a big target. He’s got good length. He’s kind of natural running routes. He seems to catch the ball very well so far. The big thing is getting used to the blocking, One of the things for a tight end is how do you match up on a defensive end one-on-one if the tackle is not zone-blocking to you, whether it be primarily in run-blocking, but it can also be pass protection. I would say he’s further ahead in the pass game than in the run game, but very eager.”
Brackett knows that he has to improve and has been doing everything that has been asked of him and more.
“Every day I’m sticking my face in there and trying to learn the nuances of it,” he said. “There are different things about how to get to a guy and then how to finish him. There’s a lot more to it than just block this guy. That’s what I’m learning. I’ve always loved football. And I’m going to continue to try and do it for as long as I love this game and as long as I have opportunities,” he said.