Miami Dolphins: Can Jabar Gaffney Make a Bigger Splash with the Fins?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst INovember 2, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney #10 of the Washington Redskins celebrates his touchdown score against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at FedEx Field on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Jabar Gaffney has had a long career. He is currently in his 11th season as a pro and has been on a total of five teams.

But his best two seasons have been with the Denver Broncos and the Washington Redskins. Although Gaffney has never had a 1,000-yard receiving season, he came incredibly close last year with 947 yards and five touchdowns, matching his career best in scores.

After failing to find his name on a roster at the start of the regular season, Gaffney was later given a chance by the Miami Dolphins, who needed to add a veteran to an incredibly young mix of receivers on their roster.

This weekend against the Jets, Gaffney earned his first catch in a Dolphins uniform, connecting with Matt Moore for a 30-yard gain that was a familiar image for fans during his NFL career. 

Now the question remains, how much more will we see from Gaffney this season?

While Miami struggles to find a dominant receiver, particularly as Brian Hartline has the potential to be either extraordinary or nonexistent, there has been talk about who will eventually fill the void.

And at this point of the season, I think it's safe to say that no one will be that go-to guy for the Dolphins. Receptions are going to be distributed all across the receiving corps, and Gaffney proved this weekend that he intends to be among the main targets. 

We cannot expect him to lead the way for the Dolphins, but we can definitely expect him to join the ranks of playmakers that will help guide this offense.