May 24, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Martin Rucker (83) takes a break during organized team activities at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
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Daboll found success utilizing two-tight end formations last season in Miami.
After beginning the year primarily as a three-receiver team, the Dolphins gradually progressed to more two-tight end formations pairing versatile rookie Charles Clay with well-rounded veteran Anthony Fasano.
Miami averaged 24.7 points per game following its 0-7 start to the season, posting a 6-3 record and finishing as a top-10 scoring offense over the final nine games of the season. Frequenting two-tight end sets became an important part of the Dolphins offensive success during that timeframe.
A spectacular catch or two or even a strong set of off-season practices won't mean Baldwin is the real thing. But it has to be encouraging for the Chiefs after his near-waste of a rookie season. The Chiefs have a long set of unresolved issues on offense as they plow through their off-season work and those at wide receiver are at or near the top of the list. Until Dwayne Bowe shows up, their margin for error at the receiver spots is basically non-existent. Without Bowe, they'll need the A-game of all of their wide outs and Baldwin in particular.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Yes, I'm a Chiefs fan, so call me out in the comments if you think I'm being a homer here. But the Chiefs are the best worst-to-first candidate for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they were this close to winning the division last year. If not for a Week 16 overtime loss to the Raiders, the Chiefs would have been AFC West champions last year. So that tells us they're not far off. They also had a solid free agent class picking up several new starters, including Eric Winston, and they're returning a number of key players from injury, including Tony Moeaki, Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry.
It's been a common refrain from NFL personnel types and coaches for the last 20 years now - you can never have too many good cornerbacks. The growing influence in the pro game of passing schemes with more than the normal two receivers on the field requires defenses to have more than two cover corners. Sometimes three are not enough.
GM Scott Pioli obviously agrees with that approach. In four drafts with the Chiefs (including the 2012 session), Pioli has selected a cornerback in the fifth round or higher each year: Donald Washington (4th-2009), Javier Arenas (2nd-2010), Jalil Brown (4th-2011) and De'Quan Menzie (5th-2012).
On Wednesday, the Chiefs offensive line gathered for a cause that didn't involve keeping a quarterback upright.
The First Downs for Down Syndrome Foundation and the Chiefs linemen began their 20th season of partnership with the 16thAnnual Huddle Time charity auction at Mestizo restaurant in Leawood, Kansas.