It looks more and more likely that Brandon Gibson will be sidelined for the rest of the 2013-14 season, so with that, Rishard Matthews will have to fill the giant shoes left behind.
One aspect in Gibson was pivotal at was his knack for the football and extra yardage. He truly was second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s go-to target and security blanket on third down and goal line situations, especially recently.
During the second half against the Patriots, Matthews showed the Dolphins coaching staff why he should have been playing a different role instead of waiting for someone to get injured. He is immensely consistent when catching the ball and it was evident on Sunday after three catches (targeted six times) for 30 yards.
The underrated part of Matthews’ game is his ability to find open space and adjust to what the defense presents. In part to his real estate, the defense will not be focusing on him in the secondary so he becomes a force alongside Hartline as Mike Wallace grasps all of the attention.
Matthews has the it-factor and can be successful with Tannehill under center. Let’s see if these two young players can develop chemistry as Gibson had with the quarterback.