Aug 7, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jabar Gaffney walks onto the practice field during training camp at the teams practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Dolphins Dump Naane Sign Gaffney


Legedu Naane is gone from the Miami Dolphins locker room.  Insert Jabar Gaffney the former New England Patriot in his place.  That loud noise you heard a moment again was thousands of Dolphins fans cheering the best move Jeff Ireland has made since the start of the season.

Naane was the impressive upstart reject from the San Diego Chargers that was brought in as a camp body during the training period, he quickly impressed the coaches with his sure hands and veteran knowledge.  Somewhere though, all of that knowledge became a liability.  In four games thus far in the 2012 season, Naane was targeted five times and caught one ball.  A ball that he immediately turned over to the Cardinals untouched.  Fans immediately began crying for Naane to be released.  It happened today.

No one was sure why Jabar Gaffney, another sure handed WR was still available on the free agent market.  Last season, Gaffney recorded career best numbers in receptions, over 60 and yards, over 900 for the Washington Redskins.  The former Patriot was in camp with the Patriots this off-season but was released during the teams cut to 53.  Many figured he would be brought back.  Dolphins fans however won’t care at this point.  Gaffney is a reliable route runner that will provide rookie Ryan Tannehill with a legit option on the outside to go with Brian Hartline.

Suddenly, after months of ridicule, the Dolphins much maligned WR corp is being noticed.  On Monday, Brian Hartline was claimed off waivers in over 33,000 fantasy leagues according to Yahoo fantasy sports.  He was by far the most claimed player.  Today alone he has been added by another 20,000 teams and in all likelihood that number will increase when normal league waiver claims are processed.  Davone Bess has also seen his name claimed off the waiver wire in leagues that are standard as well.

The move to add Gaffney comes at a time when the Dolphins are becoming more and more confident in their ability to compete.  While the team sits at 1-3 they are two field goals and two late TD surrenders from being the best team in the AFC East at 3-1.  With the Bengals on deck, the Dolphins could emerge as a legit contender if they can find a way to win.  Jabar Gaffney may be one player that can help them get there.

 

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  • jcartwright67

    I’m not sad to see “Nanny” go. He wasn’t a “gamer”, just did well in practice…he was virtually invisible during pre-season games which should have told us something. I think if we can tighten up our secondary moving forward we’ve got a good team. We can run and pass on good D’s. We can stop the run and have good special teams when and if Carpenter can get back on track. The only real problem this year has been pass D which we all knew was going to be an issue. Tighten up our pass D and we’re played well enough to lead the AFC east after four games this year…not all bad!
    On a side note: love this web site, its articles and authors, but, its starting to look like one of those cars with too many bumper stickers….my internet is slow so it seems to take forever to load but the web page looks like….well, you know…not good! Just an opinion…you know what they’re like right?

  • Grourf

    According to Adam Beasley, Gaffney wasn’t healthy when he practiced with the Dolphins earlier this year. That’s why he wasn’t signed then.

  • Chris

    Great move! Naanee gone and Gaffney comes at a steal!…Our secondary is still disappointing to say the least.