Dolphins Clyde Gates was expected to step up and contribute in 2012. If he does, it will be for another team.
Gates has been waived, according to Barry Jackon of the Miami Herald. The fourth round pick in the 2011 draft had only two catches last season, but there were high hopes for Gates entering camp.
Gates also returned 34 kickoffs and three punts during his rookie season. On Thursday, he was optimistic that he’d make the cut. “I feel very confident that I will make this team,” Gates said, via the Palm Beach Post. “I feel like I had a pretty good camp once I overcame the [hamstring] injury.”
Also gone, per Jackson, are receiver B.J. Cunningham and defensive end Jamal Westerman. Cunningham was an undrafted rookie, and Westerman signed with the Dolphins after appearing in 16 games last season for the Jets.