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Clyde Gates may lose his roster spot in Miami

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Disappointing holdover players frequently feel the squeeze when new regimes take over organizations. Dolphins wide receiver Clyde Gates was drafted by returning G.M. Jeff Ireland, but he struggled as a fourth-round rookie out of Abilene Christian last year, and Miami underwent a coaching staff makeover this offseason.

In May, Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post wrote that Gates was “certainly no lock to make the roster.”

In June, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that Gates was not learning new coach Joe Philbin’s offense “as fast as some of the other receivers,” and this was just before the Dolphins added Chad Ochocinco.

On Thursday morning, Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post wrote a blog post suggesting Ocho’s arrival could leave Gates as the “odd man out.”

Gates held his own as a rookie kickoff returner, but fourth-round pick Lamar Miller is also capable of handling those duties. Biggane indicated that Gates will have to make great strides as a wide receiver in order to make the final 53.

And if you can’t crack the Dolphins’ receiver corps, it probably doesn’t bode well for your NFL future.

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11 Responses to “Clyde Gates may lose his roster spot in Miami”
  1. shackdelrio says: Jul 5, 2012 10:16 AM

    “And if you can’t crack the Dolphins’ receiver corps, it probably doesn’t bode well for your NFL future.”

    You’re talking about a team that traded Wes Welker to a division rival.

  2. phinfan says: Jul 5, 2012 10:20 AM

    Jeff is batting a thousand. ‘a thousand dead beat players’ that is.

  3. craniator says: Jul 5, 2012 10:32 AM

    Since when is a 4th round pick from a small school who only played a couple of years of college ball expected to be a “lock” to make an NFL roster ?
    Just asking.

  4. basexc9 says: Jul 5, 2012 10:53 AM

    You’re talking about a team that traded Wes Welker to a division rival

    The Fish traded Welker for a 2nd and 7th. He had one decent year with them and was a nobody at that time. Hindsight is 20/20

  5. bcb1999 says: Jul 5, 2012 10:56 AM

    You know it’s the NFL dead season when you’re talking about a previous year, mid-round WR on the Dolphins maybe not making the team.

    Come on, training camps…

  6. seano13 says: Jul 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    Worth noting about that Welker trade

    He was a restricted FA and NE put a poison pill in the contract which made it impossible for Miami to match.

  7. seano13 says: Jul 5, 2012 11:18 AM

    I feel sorry for Clyde this morning when he wakes up to read pft. Second year player’s roster spot is being speculated on with no basis

  8. cliverush says: Jul 5, 2012 11:33 AM

    If he is having a tough time with the play book and Ocho is not then he is in big trouble. The Pats worked with 86 very hard to help him learn the system but he was always lost on the field. One can only imagine how simple the Bengals system must be.

  9. shackdelrio says: Jul 5, 2012 12:00 PM

    “seano13 says:
    Jul 5, 2012 11:16 AM
    Worth noting about that Welker trade

    He was a restricted FA and NE put a poison pill in the contract which made it impossible for Miami to match.”

    Not true.

    The Patriots were prepared to sign Welker to an offer sheet that included a “poison pill” that would make it difficult for the Dolphins to match. The Patriots instead called the Dolphins and proposed a trade.

    The Dolphins were amenable, shipping Welker to the Patriots for second- and seventh-round draft choices. The Dolphins used the second-rounder (60th overall) to select Hawaii center Samson Satele.

    The Dolphins also tendered Welker the lowest of the three tender options for a restricted free agent. They could have used a high tender (think Mike Wallace) and gotten a first and a third had someone signed him to an offer sheet. Instead they offered the low tender, which made New England interested.

  10. seano13 says: Jul 5, 2012 12:28 PM

    Thats 100%

    That’s Randy mueller for you

  11. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jul 5, 2012 10:40 PM

    Does anybody in palm Beach cares about the dolphins?

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