We are currently making our way through the Miami Dolphins' 90-man offseason roster, breaking down last season for each player, as well as what could happen this year. Today, we continue today with a look at wide receiver Brian Tyms.
Tyms joined the Dolphins after the San Francisco 49ers made him one of their final roster cuts at the end of the preseason. Tyms, who signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers, spent the year on the Miami practice squad. He played college football at Florida A&M, where, as a redshirt senior in 2011 he caught 38 passes for 538 yards and three touchdowns.
"He's a pretty smooth route runner. He kind of runs natural and he has pretty good body control," Miami Head Coach Joe Philbin said of Tyms last year. "He has good length, he's 6'2" and change maybe, he's got pretty long arms, and he seems to catch the football relatively well. So we're just learning more about him and getting more exposure to him."
Why he could improve in 2013:
Tyms has been impressive in offseason workouts this year, running precise routes and using his speed. Assuming the 2012 season was, essentially, a redshirt year, Tyms could be looking to prove himself this year.
Why he could regress in 2013:
He has not seen game action in nearly a year, having last played in the 2012 preseason. While the Dolphins know Tyms, simply practicing for a year is a lot different than actually being hit in a game, or seeing the speed of the NFL game.
Odds he will make the 53-man roster:
Tyms seems to be making a case to make the roster, and he could end up being one of the final two wide receivers to make the roster. Assuming Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, and, likely, Armon Binns make the roster, that leaves Tyms fighting with Chad Bumphis, Jasper Collins, Joe Hastings, Rishard Matthews, and Marvin McNutt for the final two positions on the roster.
Tyms could also end up back on the practice squad, with the team electing to stash him there, and continue his development.