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Dolphins' position battle: Slot receiver

6/27/2014

Training camp is just around the corner for the Miami Dolphins. Later this summer there will be plenty of interesting position battles to watch throughout the roster.

This week ESPN.com’s Dolphins page takes a look at several key competitions. On Friday, we examine the slot receiver position.

Position battle: Slot receiver

Competitors: Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews, Jarvis Landry

Analysis: This is probably the toughest position battle to read this summer. Miami’s three-way competition in the slot between Gibson, Matthews and Landry can go either direction for various reasons. For example, health could rule out Gibson. He is coming off major knee surgery and continues to work his way back to 100 percent. Matthews has been inconsistent but a playmaker. Will new Dolphins’ offensive coordinator Bill Lazor get Matthews to be more consistent? Landry is a rookie with strong hands and good routes. But Landry also is inexperienced. All three players have strengths they can bring to the offense as well as questions. But if Gibson can get back to 100 percent quick enough, his experience and comfort level with Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill could give him an edge.

Walker's pick: Gibson