Coming off a career-best season, and joining a team with a dire need at his position, Jabar Gaffney thought he’d have a bigger role than this.
“I’m not used to not playing, so I’m ready to play,” Gaffney said before taking off the the Dolphins bye week, via Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I need to get out there.”
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said the third receiver role is still available, but offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said his lack of action to this point has more to do with his late arrival and needing to make sure rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is comfortable. With so many late checks and audibles, Tannehill needs to know absolutely where people are going to be, and Gaffney needed time to reach that point.
“I was a little nervous because putting a receiver out there that hadn’t been out there with the quarterback, and everybody is coming at Ryan in all different shapes and forms, and I didn’t want someone that he wasn’t 100 percent sure of what he was going to do all the time,” Sherman said. “It’s not Gaffney’s fault because he just got here.
“I was a little reluctant on Gaffney. We’re going to work with him this week and hopefully get him ready to go [for the Jets on Oct. 28].”
In terms of talent and production, Gaffney’s clearly one of the Dolphins best options, and getting him on the field could allow Tannehill to improve on an already good start.