Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins may be about to get a boost in the wide receiving corps as newly signed Jabar Gaffney may be ready to make his Dolphins debut Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
Gaffney was signed on October 2, but wasn’t active last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, Gaffney said the coaches wanted him to have longer to work on his timing with Ryan Tannehill, which is why he didn’t play last week.
“Coach [Philbin] is going to make the call again, and I’m doing everything in my power to get ready to go this week,” Gaffney told the Herald. “I want to go out there with my teammates. I’m feeling things out, starting to get the hang of it.”
Philbin said Gaffney is making progress in learning and getting acquainted with the offense.
“Part of its getting through the terminology barrier,” Philbin said. “Part of its learning the concepts themselves. Football’s football. It’s not all that much different, but still there’s a little bit. He’s working hard at it, staying after practice. We’ll see how he progresses.”
The Dolphins have been getting good play out of their unknown receiving corps, especially wide receiver Brian Hartline. He currently leads the NFL in receiving yards with 514 and has become Tannehill’s primary target this season.
But adding Gaffney would only help the offense become more dynamic.
Gaffney had the best year of his career in 2011 with 68 catches for 947 yards and 5 touchdowns as a member of the Washington Redskins. If Gaffney has the same or similar form he had with the Redskins, the Dolphins may have found a diamond in the free agent rough, with a bye week to get him more prepared next week.