Fasano is undecided if he will return for the 2018 season, Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post reports. Fasano, now 34 years old, is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year but is strongly considering retirement in the name of his long-term health. However, the veteran has never been much of a fantasy factor and that remained true with the Dolphins this year, as he only caught 12 of 16 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in 16 games. He'd almost certainly remain a blocking specialist if he does return for a 13th professional season in 2018.
Fasano is expected to start at tight end over the Dolphins' final two games of the season after Julius Thomas (foot) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Thomas had been averaging 4.4 targets per game for the season, and while a few of those looks should be dispersed to Fasano and fellow tight end MarQueis Gray, quarterback Jay Cutler is more likely to hone in on his wideouts and running backs more frequently. The 33-year-old Fasano, who has snagged 11 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown this season, mostly functions as a blocker at this stage of his career.
Fasano brought in both of his targets for 11 yards in Thursday's 40-0 loss to Baltimore. Fasano was catchless through five games but has come alive with five catches -- including a touchdown -- over the past two weeks. Offseason acquisition Julius Thomas has been a disappointment this season, and the Dolphins may be working Fasano into the fold. Each saw 36 snaps on offense Thursday.
Fasano and the Dolphins have reached an agreement, ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports. Fasano was previously five season (2008-2012) in Miami, where he cemented his reputation as one of the league's better in-line blocking tight ends. He had a career-low eight receptions last season in Tennessee, despite playing in all 16 games for the sixth time in his 11-year career. With recently-acquired Julius Thomas serving as the receiving threat, Fasano's role in Miami will he heavily tilted toward the blocking side.
Fasano caught his lone target for 12 yards Saturday in Jacksonville. Fasano has eight catches this season, with no two coming in the same contest. The 32-year-old veteran is six receptions shy of his previous career low with just one game to play.
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