Miami Dolphins Release Jabar Gaffney and Other AFC East News
Gaffney joins Anthony Armstrong as wide receivers brought in after training camp to bottom out on the Dolphins.
Consider the fact that the Dolphins have one of the least talented receiving corps on the whole (taking nothing away from Davone Bess and Brian Hartline), and the end game is especially harrowing for both individuals. Armstrong is still looking for work; how long will Gaffney be hanging on the waiver wire?
Who knows, but after being active for just three games and catching just four passes, the Dolphins probably won't miss him much. That being said, they still have a need at wide receiver; just don't expect them to fill it before season's end.
That is, unless they plan to fill the void from within. The Dolphins drafted Rishard Matthews out of Nevada in the seventh round of April's draft. The rookie played 22 snaps against the Buffalo Bills in what was his first real action of the 2012 season. He caught one pass for 19 yards in his debut.
Not much, but a start, and the coaching staff seems pretty sold on him.
"We liked the play speed that he played with for his first game," head coach Joe Philbin said (via MiamiDolphins.com). "He's a young guy and you're never quite sure until you get a guy out in a game how he will respond and I thought he played fast."
Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.
Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News points out the stability that cornerback Stephon Gilmore brings to the secondary.
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com says defensive end Chris Kelsay is hopeful to play this week despite a neck injury.
Bleacher Report Dolphins featured columnist Scott Altman breaks down three things the Dolphins must fix this week.
Dave George of The Palm Beach Post says there are some reasons for optimism despite a season of change for the Dolphins.
B/R Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault takes a look at whether the injury to Rob Gronkowski could actually help New England's playoff odds.
Bob Glauber of Newsday takes a look at the improved play and improved maturity of cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained via team press releases.
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