The Miami Dolphins may be without starting tight end Charles Clay today as they face the Denver Broncos, but may have an in-house answer. Clay, who is doubtful for the game with knee and hamstring injuries, could find himself replaced by defensive end Dion Jordan, according to a report from the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.
The Dolphins, according to Salguero, have been working Jordan at tight end this week, looking to add the 6-foot-6 athletic freak into the offensive mix. Jordan missed the first six games this season while he served two drug suspensions. Since his return, the 2013 third overall draft pick has seen use as both a defensive end and a linebacker, though he is clearly still behind Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon on the depth chart. He's had success staying with receiving threats in the past, so a switch to the offensive side of the ball could take advantage of that speed.
Miami using Jordan on offense could mirror how the Houston Texans have been using defensive end J.J. Watt as a red zone target this season.
The Broncos will be without their top tight end target as well during this game. Julius Thomas, who was listed as questionable, will not be able to play due to an ankle injury.