This past offseason the Miami Dolphins spent a ton of money on new faces. While some of this moves have yet to pan out as expected, one that is considered a success was the signing of wide receiver Brandon Gibson. Gibson was brought in to be the slot receiver for the Miami Dolphins, filling in the role that was served by Davone Bess over the past few years.
It is without a doubt that the addition of Brandon Gibson was a tremendous success. Over the course of the season he has developed a great on field relationship with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He is second on the team in targets, with 44 and is tied for first with three receiving touchdowns. Gibson was on pace to set career highs in almost every major category. Unfortunately, all of this went out the window this past Sunday as Gibson suffered a major knee injury. Gibson tore his patellar knee tendon and as a result he will miss the remainder of the season.
So now what? First the Dolphins lost their starting tight end and now one of their most reliable receivers. Well, the first logical option would be to go and work out a few free agent wide receivers, which the Dolphins are expected to do. There are a ton of options in the open market right now. Some names that might pop up are Steve Breaston, Devery Henderson or Laurent Robinson.
Another option the Dolphins have is to work in house. With Gibson now being injured, the Dolphins are left with three receivers on the active roster; Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Rishard Matthews. Obviously, the team is in search for another receiver. However, instead of going out and signing a veteran, they could take a look at one of the guys they have on the practice squad. They currently have two wide receivers on the practice squad; Nathan Palmer and Ryan Spadola.
Whoever the Dolphins do decide to bring in will most likely fill the fourth receiver spot. This is Matthews second year in this system and the coaches are really high on him. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said that he has “a lot of confidence” in Matthew’s ability to fill the third receiver spot.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see wait the Dolphins do. Expect a move to be made either later today or early tomorrow. The Dolphins have a short week as they are set to host the Cincinnati Bengals this Thursday night. Hopefully the Dolphins can find the right guy and continue to move forward as they are finding themselves in a world of trouble, losing four straight games.
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