Three days after the Patriots claimed ex-Dolphins safety Don Jones on waivers, Miami has added a recently waived player from New England in advance of Sunday’s game between the two clubs in South Florida.
The Dolphins were awarded ex-Patriots defensive tackle Bruce Gaston on Thursday, the club said. The 22-year-old Gaston had spent a little less than a week with New England before being waived Wednesday. He originally signed with Arizona in May.
A Purdue product, Gaston (6-2, 310) gives the Dolphins a fifth defensive tackle. With the temperature expected to be around 90 degrees on Sunday, it’s possible Miami might need a deeper D-line rotation, given the warm conditions and New England’s willingness to push the pace on offense.
Of course, Gaston also brings whatever he’s learned in less than a week in Foxborough to his new club. By contrast, new Patriots safety Don Jones — whom Miami waived at the beginning of this week — brings two seasons of experience with Miami to New England.
To add Gaston, the Dolphins waived safety Brandian Ross, whom they were awarded on waivers from Oakland on Sunday. And it’s here we pause to point out that many transactions are zero-sum affairs, with one player gaining a job at another player’s expense, given the NFL’s roster limits.
What we’re saying is this: here’s to hoping these moves are strictly matters of teams addressing personnel needs, with any potential perceived gamesmanship something just lurking in the overactive imaginations of sportswriters.