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Dolphins claim Bruce Gaston on waivers from New England

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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.

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20 Responses to “Dolphins claim Bruce Gaston on waivers from New England”
  1. ebr362 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:34 PM

    I did not like it when Belicheat did it to miami, cant condone Miami doing it back, but understand its how the game is played. Still think the NFL should not allow teams to pick up opposing teams in the next few weeks castoffs unless they gaurentee the contract to put an end to this type of unethical gamemanship.

  2. phinfan says: Sep 4, 2014 7:35 PM

    They will get very little information from this guy… but it could play head games with BB.

  3. 6ball says: Sep 4, 2014 7:54 PM

    The Dolphins put Jones on waivers. 28 teams passed before the Patriots put in a claim. The Cardinals put Gaston on waivers. 28 teams (including Miami) passed on him before the Patriots put in a claim. The Patriots put Gaston on waivers and suddenly the Dolphins reverse course and decide they need a guy they didn’t want two days ago.

  4. beerndrums says: Sep 4, 2014 8:20 PM

    The patriots are always cheating
    Nothing to see here

  5. hdahs143 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:21 PM

    The Dolphins put Jones on waivers. 28 teams passed before the Patriots put in a claim. The Cardinals put Gaston on waivers. 28 teams (including Miami) passed on him before the Patriots put in a claim. The Patriots put Gaston on waivers and suddenly the Dolphins reverse course and decide they need a guy they didn’t want two days ago.
    Belichick does it every year, but when a division rival does it, you have a problem with the ethics of it. Please

  6. ampats says: Sep 4, 2014 8:23 PM

    Sure lets create a rule where teams cannot pick up players that are unemployed.

    Sunday will be a reality check for the warm weathered fans of the Dolphins. Looking at a 7-9 season for the fins

  7. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 4, 2014 8:28 PM

    Every single team does this. The players are happy to get a paycheck and maybe some game film. People who get their jocks in a bunch just because a certain AFC East team is involved are just priming themselves for a stroke.

  8. tarniman says: Sep 4, 2014 8:45 PM

    the Dolphins didnt Fede was going to be for the game three days ago

  9. ranci says: Sep 4, 2014 8:51 PM

    OK good now we need to find someone they cut on offense so we can download their offensive plays and signals too.

  10. bsizemore68 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:09 PM

    Much Ado about nothing. Bill

  11. thephinatic says: Sep 4, 2014 9:38 PM

    Way to fight back Miami! We are not backing down this time and we are here to stay! You want this division New England? Well you can crawl over our dead bodies and take it from us. We’re not bowing over for anyone this year.

  12. patriotsarespygaters says: Sep 4, 2014 9:41 PM

    so the dolphins take the patriots bait stupid fishies

  13. brazzz01 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:52 PM

    Glad the Dolphins did this to the Patriots. It’s about time.

    Only the Patriots should be banned from this practice because spygate.

  14. ncphinsfan says: Sep 4, 2014 10:34 PM

    You are all on drugs…. The guy was with the Patrriots for exactly 2 practices… Unless he is a Genius and learned the playbook in that time, this is a rediculious theory. The guys the Pats picked were good players, but the Fins had depth there so let them go. Stop giving Belichik credit for doing what every good team does… Search and churn the bottom of the roster.

  15. ampats says: Sep 4, 2014 10:34 PM

    Since the Dolphins have won the division once since 2001 The Patriots don’t need to take the division from Miami since the Patriots own the AFCE and will continue to do so for several more years,

  16. 703JuiceAtomic says: Sep 4, 2014 11:38 PM

    Mind games.

  17. beachsidejames says: Sep 5, 2014 8:04 AM

    Fins are long shot to beat the Pats with all the turn over from last year especially on the o-line. If the Pats lost this game it would show just how not that good they really are especially after watching two quality teams in last nights game. Patriots are just not in Seattle class that’s for sure.

  18. finfanjim says: Sep 5, 2014 1:10 PM

    Yet Miami went 5-2 in a stretch immediately after losing Martin and Incognito. One of those wins was against the Patriots.

    This new OL has had all off-season together. And is more talented.

  19. pukinbuzzard says: Sep 5, 2014 2:37 PM

    FLIMFLAMJIM, just wondering how the off season usually translates into regular sseason? Remember when Detroit had a 4-0 preseason and an 0-16 regular season? I hope you keep your wallet out of this years Phins games cuz it’ll cost you, maybe have some better odds of winning the lottery while being struck by lightning during a summer snow storm in Miami. I’m just gald NFL regular season is on and the looong wait is over, nothing like Football on Sunday afternoons and watching guys getting paid $,$$$,$$$.$$ to knock the snot out of eachother!!!

  20. bencoates57 says: Sep 5, 2014 6:52 PM

    The AFC East has always been the most cut-throat division. Remember the only matchup between these two teams that the Fins won handily in the last decade. A 21-0 game. The Fins claimed they stole Brady’s signals? And remember the Fins taking umbrage when the Pats had Doug Flutie drop kick an extra point?

    And remember all the animosity between the Jets and Pats surrounding the Parcells defection and then the Belichick resignation? And then BB went ballistic went Mangini took the Jets job. And then the videotaping.

    No other division brings such drama. God bless the AFC East.

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