DAVIE — Anthony Fasano began the day Sunday without a reception through five games.
He ended it with three catches including a 4-yard touchdown.
After Sunday’s 31-28 victory over the New York Jets, Fasano said the game plan wasn’t necessarily to get him more involved in the passing game.
“Not particularly,” Fasano said. “It just kind of worked out like that on a couple of plays. But I’ll take them when I can get them.”
He did in the fourth quarter, grabbing a 22-yard pass from Matt Moore. Although the Dolphins didn’t score on that possession, it helped pin the Jets deep in their end. On New York’s next play from scrimmage, Bobby McCain intercepted Josh McCown, a play that essentially won the game.
Although Fasano, 33, is considered one of the better blocking tight ends in the NFL, he does indeed know how to catch a pass. In fact, Dolphins fans might be surprised to learn that the only tight end in Dolphins history with more touchdown receptions than Fasano is Bruce Hardy, and that with two more touchdowns, Fasano will hold the record.
“Good to know,” Fasano said in deadpan fashion, making it clear the record doesn’t carry much weight with him. When it was suggested that some might then consider him the best tight end in team history, Fasano said, “I don’t know if that’s what that title means, but I’ll try to digest things at the end of the season.”
Hardy, who played from 1978-89, had 25 touchdowns. Fasano has 24 and is the fourth player in team history to score on a pass in two tenures with the team, joining Larry Csonka, Tony Martin and James Pruitt.
“I’m just going to continue doing my job in the role they put me in week by week,” Fasano said. “And if it’s catching balls one week and blocking another, I’ll be happy to do that.”
Julius Thomas, another tight end who hadn’t been involved much in the passing game, also had three receptions, totaling a season-high 58 yards, including a 25-yarder.
For his part, Fasano said he doesn’t consider himself that much more involved in a game when he’s receiving passes.
“I see it where if I make a block and we get a long run, me personally, it’s just as involved as catching passes,” Fasano said. “But catching passes is nice. It gets some attention, but I’m good with either one as long as we win.”
Fasano said Moore did a “great” job in relief of the injured Jay Cutler.
“He’s in a really tough role, having to prepare like a starter and not play often and get thrust into the game and really played awesome,” Fasano said. “So kudos to him.”
Most touchdown receptions by a Dolphins tight end
Player Years No.
1. Bruce Hardy 1978-89 25
2. Anthony Fasano 2008-12, ’17 24
3. Jim Mandich 1970-77 23
4. Keith Jackson 1992-94 18
5. Randy McMichael 2002-06 18
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