Thursday, October 25, 2012
Can WR Jabar Gaffney boost Dolphins?
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Dolphins have been getting by this season with a thin group of receivers. After starters Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, there isn't much proven depth.
That is where Jabar Gaffney comes in. The Dolphins signed the veteran receiver Oct. 3, but he has yet to play in a game.
Gaffney was a surprise cut this summer by the New England Patriots. He caught 68 passes for 947 yards with the Washington Redskins last season, though health was an issue.
Now, Gaffney is on his second AFC East team and learning a new up-tempo, West Coast offense in Miami.
What’s been the biggest challenge?
“Just picking it up and seeing the signals like I’m hearing it,” Gaffney explained. “I’m always used to just hearing the play calls in the huddle. Now you got to see the signal, and that’s how you know the call.”
Gaffney, 31, is a proven playmaker. He’s done well in previous stops in Washington, Denver and New England.
Hartline, Bess and a healthy and productive Gaffney could be a solid trio for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins have yet to determine Gaffney’s role, but the receiver seems open.
“I’m comfortable inside or outside,” Gaffney said. “I can play either one. It doesn’t really matter.”
The Dolphins (3-3) will travel to play the New York Jets (3-4) Sunday in a big game for both teams.