Who Will Replace Gibson?

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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  • 1sb1

    I really really like what I see in Rishard Matthews so far.

    Good size, good hands, and will not only go up for and fight for a ball, but can also come down with it.

    This is obvious during very limited playing time and opportunities.

    Just as Clay stepped up behind Keller’s injury, Matthews can and will step up behind Gibson’s.

    We’ve got to play with and find out what our guys are about, and should not trade any picks or players (except maybe Clabo) to try and find another number 2 or 3 receiver.

    Bring up a guy off the practice squad, or sign a number 4 off somebody else’s practice squad, but let’s give this kid a real chance to show what he can do.

    Next year we will have both Keller and Gibson back, and Matthews may have proven to be a sloid reliable guy by then, so why trade a high pick for an aging Larry Fitzgerald?

    Or why trade when you can just sign a guy in free agency after the season?

    We have money and cap room.

    The only guy worth trading for is Josh Gibson, b/c he is really developing into a true number one–something Wallace is turning out not to be so far–despite his paycheck.

    He’s got balls bouncing off of him like George Michael in a public bathroom.

    and, we really need to see what some of these so many inactive guys are about.

    Dion Jordan barely plays….18 snaps against the Pats.

    Jamar Taylor, Will Davis, Dallas Thomas, Mike Gillislee, mostly, if not always inactive.

    My God, it’s as if the Dolphins barely had a draft!!

    No, really….seriously.

    What’s up with Yeatman already, and Dallas Thomas, and Nate Garner?

    What’s up with Egnew? Throw him the ball. Dion Sims, too.

    If you can’t break in to this “Truly Offensive” Line–worst I’ve EVER seen–then maybe you are wasting a roster spot and we need to look elsewhere to get better.

    If Miami loses against Cincy, the season is over, and we should use the rest of it constructively and productively to find out who deserves a roster spot by playing them in real games….not just practice.

    What say you??

    • Chris

      I say we trade for Larry Fitzgerald. Play him and Hartline on the outside with Wallace in the slot.

      • 1sb1

        But what are we going to have to give up for him, and will having him really change our season?

        • Chris

          I’d imagine we’d have to give a draft pick or two up. Considering the success rate of our draft picks the last couple years, I make the trade. Larry Fitzgerald is definitely a big time playmaker and could very well make a huge difference for a team’s offense. The rest of our season would still be on Philbin + co’s shoulders, not the next wide receiver we add to the roster.

      • tpl

        No way should Miami trade for fitzgerald!

      • Justen Rosenberg

        Trading for Fitz is not a good idea. Miami would have to give up multiple draft picks and possibly a player. Also, have you seen his contract? It’s ridiculous and could bind Miami in the future as they continue build and get younger through the draft and free agency. With all the money they spent this past offseason they can’t take on that contract as well.

    • tpl

      Matthews had done good so far.

  • tpl

    Simple. You use Clay, Egnew and Thigpen to replace Gibson. I would love to see Egnew out wide. Its an instant mismatch with any CB on him. Plus it will give Egnew some valuable playing time.