Washington Redskins: 3 Positives and 3 Negatives on Jabar Gaffney
Ironically if Steve Spurrier had not been fired, the Redskins most certainly would have found a way to draft Gaffney in 2002. This despite Gaffney getting kicked off the team at Florida by the Ol’ ball coach his freshman year.
The truth is Jeremy Jarmon is not much of a loss. He was often injured on a team that he was not a good fit for since switching to the 3-4. It’s as simple as that.
For Gaffney however, there is something to be gained. On the flip side of the coin though, there are some big question marks on whether he can be an impact player for the Redskins.
Here are the positives and negatives of Jabar Gaffney.
Positive: Consistency with career highs in 2010
Gaffney turned 30 years old in December of 2010 and celebrated by putting up career high numbers. He finished the season with 65 receptions with 875 yards.
He seems to have settled and has gained a confidence of what he is able to do on the field.
This is important as many players fail by not understanding the limits of their abilities. In other words, they try to do to much and sacrifice their value in the process.
Gaffney has been relatively consistent over his career thus becoming more valuable. If the Redskins need anything, its consistency.
Positive: First Dowwwwwwnnnnn!
Of his 65 receptions last year in Denver, 42 of them accounted for first downs. That’s a rate of 64.6%.
At 6’2 and 200 lbs, Gaffney will make a good sized target and strong compliment to recently re-signed Santana Moss.
He is the possession type receiver the Redskins have been lacking for several years.
Gaffney has also been proven to be durable. He becomes that reliable receiver that the Redskins hoped they would get from 2008 draft busts Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly.
Positive: The Hands
Another positive on Gaffney are his hands. He had just 4 drops and no fumbles lost in 2010. Compare that to Santana Moss’ 6 drops and two fumbles lost.
In fact, Jabar Gaffney has not lost a fumble since 2004. That’s reliability.
The Redskins will need to that solid dependable guy wide right to help out a potential shaky quarterback situation.
Gaffney has the veteran experience and leadership abilities that John Beck and Rex Grossman need.
Negative: Third Downs
Of Gaffney’s 65 receptions in 2010, just 8 went for third down conversions. That’s indicative you are not the go to guy when it’s all on the line.
The Redskins will need more production out of him than that in 2011. Perhaps this statistic is a just a testament of play calling or Josh McDaniels’ offensive style in Denver. However, McDaniels did think enough of Gaffney to bring him with him to Denver from New England.
It will be interesting to see how the Redskins use him.
Negative: Down the Stretch
It is quite peculiar that with a career high 65 receptions in 2010, just 19 of those grabs came in November and December. That equates to less than three catches per game.
Here lies evidence of a player that is able to start out strong then tails off. Perhaps Gaffney is not as durable as we thought he was or perhaps he has difficulty getting loosened up in cold weather.
On the other side, the drop off probably has something to do with Denver’s switch to Tim Tebow and a more run oriented style of offense coinciding with Josh McDaniels’ firing in early December.
Regardless, if the Redskins have any hope of making a bid for the wild card they will need more clutch play down the stretch from their receivers.
Negative: the Journeyman
Gaffney was a second-round pick in 2002 and now lands with the Redskins in his 10th professional season. Washington will be his fourth team during that span. Not exactly a mainstay on any franchise.
With so many destinations, one has to wonder why. If three other teams did not want him, what makes us think his coming to D.C. will be any different?
You can rationalize perhaps his time with New England and Denver counts as one team. Josh McDaniels was the offensive coordinator with the Patriots and thought enough of Gaffney to start him with the Broncos.
We don’t see Gaffney going to the St. Louis Rams this year where McDaniels landed his most recent stint as an offensive coordinator.
Gaffney is no doubt in the twilight of his career. He was brought in to be a plug in veteran receiver, with the idea of helping younger players develop. If he accepts this role he could have a good two to three year run in Washington. If he does not, its most likely one and done.
What are your thoughts. Is Gaffney's signing good, bad, or irrelevant?