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Free Agent: Brandon Gibson
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Position: WR
Born: 08/13/1987, in Puyallup, WA
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 205
College: Washington State
Rookie Year: 2009

Former Team: St. Louis Rams

In what has become a complete overhaul of the passing game, the Dolphins have added their third new target for Ryan Tannehill in Brandon Gibson. Gibson caught 51 passes for 691 yards and 5 TDs as a starter for the Rams.

Gibson is not a burner and will not get much in the way of yards after the catch, as he runs a 4.59 40 yard dash, but he is a hard-worker, is willing to go over the middle, compete for the ball and make a play in traffic.

The expectation is that with Wallace and Hartline set at the starters, Gibson would be either a 3rd receiver to rotate in with Wallace or Hartline, or would compete in the slot against Davone Bess. There is a lot of speculation about what will happen to Bess with the signing of Gibson.

Interestingly enough, PFF ranked Brandon Gibson as the 39th best wide receiver in the NFL for 2012, one spot behind Bess and two spots behind Hartline.

From a pass catching perspective, PFF has Gibson ranked 23, tied with Hakeem Nicks. Gibson caught 68% of his targets and had 5 drops.

Here is a week to week analysis of his performance.


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Post Re: Free Agent: Brandon Gibson
PFF also only had him as being in the slot 8% of the time last season. So it's perplexing they'd bring in a (seemingly) strictly outside WR.


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Post Re: Free Agent: Brandon Gibson
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PFF also only had him as being in the slot 8% of the time last season. So it's perplexing they'd bring in a (seemingly) strictly outside WR.


Why? He'd be a rotational player on the outside.

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Post Re: Free Agent: Brandon Gibson
Gibson is a very solid 3-4 WR. He is more than a one year guy as the Dolphins will want to look to run a lot of 3-4 WR sets.

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Post Re: Free Agent: Brandon Gibson
I believe we signed this guy on a one year trial to upgrade our 4 and 5 WR spots. WR's usually take 2 years to develope so I believe we still draft 2 WR's but give them time to adapt while still receive good production from the position.
Gibson is nothing fantastic but I do believe he is an upgrade to our WR unit.


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I believe we signed this guy on a one year trial to upgrade our 4 and 5 WR spots. WR's usually take 2 years to develope so I believe we still draft 2 WR's but give them time to adapt while still receive good production from the position.
Gibson is nothing fantastic but I do believe he is an upgrade to our WR unit.


We're not going to draft two wide receivers. We'll probably draft two corners and two offensive line, along with a tight end, a pass rusher, a wide receiver and a running back, a defensive tackle, but not two wide receivers. Not with how we have Wallace and Hartline locked up for a couple of years.

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Yeah I tend to agree with Rich here. Especially since Rishard Matthews showed some signs last year that he could develop into a solid contributor.


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Gibson is a very solid 3-4 WR. He is more than a one year guy as the Dolphins will want to look to run a lot of 3-4 WR sets.

Yeah this guy has quietly became a very polished WR. Very good at gaining separaton, and makes a very big target for someone only 6 ft all. Once he gets on the same page with RT he will become someone Ryan learns to trust on 3rd downs. Gibson was top 5 in the league last year at the % of his catches being either 1st downs or TDs. Bradford looked to Gibson any time he needed and important conversion, and Gibson delivered. This is going to be a bigger signing than most expect.


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Phins Rock wrote:
PFF also only had him as being in the slot 8% of the time last season. So it's perplexing they'd bring in a (seemingly) strictly outside WR.


Why? He'd be a rotational player on the outside.


I think that the Gibson signing is a wonderful move for us. It will allow us to run 4WR sets with Wallace and Gibson on the outside and allow us to put Hartline and Bess where they excel, in the slots. We have two guys who, if Tannehill has time and develops more, can fill the role that Wes Welker filled so well for so many years in New England. Neither of them will be as productive as Welker, mind you, but they are similar talents.

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Post Re: Free Agent: Brandon Gibson
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I think that the Gibson signing is a wonderful move for us. It will allow us to run 4WR sets with Wallace and Gibson on the outside and allow us to put Hartline and Bess where they excel, in the slots. We have two guys who, if Tannehill has time and develops more, can fill the role that Wes Welker filled so well for so many years in New England. Neither of them will be as productive as Welker, mind you, but they are similar talents.


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Post Re: Free Agent: Brandon Gibson
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Since when has Hartline been a slot receiver?

Maybe he is saying Hartline would perform better as a slot Wr.


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Dphins4me wrote:
Rock Sexton wrote:
Since when has Hartline been a slot receiver?

Maybe he is saying Hartline would perform better as a slot Wr.


That is exactly what I'm saying. I think he would be best utilized in the slot.

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Post Re: Free Agent: Brandon Gibson
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That is exactly what I'm saying. I think he would be best utilized in the slot.


I think you need to re-examine his metrics.

Not only that, but he's a longer strider and does not have the hips/burst off the line to play the slot. It would be pointless to move him away from what he does best and that is the sideline intermediate routes.

Me-thinks the only reason you're even suggesting it is because he's white. No seriously. I've seen your same suggestion on other boards and I call it the Welker-Syndrome.

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Rock Sexton wrote:
cspooner13 wrote:
That is exactly what I'm saying. I think he would be best utilized in the slot.


I think you need to re-examine his metrics.

Not only that, but he's a longer strider and does not have the hips/burst off the line to play the slot. It would be pointless to move him away from what he does best and that is the sideline intermediate routes.

Me-thinks the only reason you're even suggesting it is because he's white. No seriously. I've seen your same suggestion other boards and I call it the Welker-Syndrome.



When I watch Hartline play, I see a guy who is shifty and crafty. A guy who knows how to read a defense and make room for himself, despite not having great speed or quickness. He is a good sideline-intermediate guy on the outside, I agree with you there, but I'm fairly certain that's where the brass have slotted Gibson.

Maybe I am a prisoner of the Welker-Syndrome. You're not the first person I've seen use that term, and it is entirely possible that I've fallen prey to it. I'm just saying that's what I see when I look at Hartline. A crafty, intelligent guy we could throw in the slot with success

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Post Re: Free Agent: Brandon Gibson
cspooner13 wrote:
When I watch Hartline play, I see a guy who is shifty and crafty. A guy who knows how to read a defense and make room for himself, despite not having great speed or quickness. He is a good sideline-intermediate guy on the outside, I agree with you there, but I'm fairly certain that's where the brass have slotted Gibson.

Maybe I am a prisoner of the Welker-Syndrome. You're not the first person I've seen use that term, and it is entirely possible that I've fallen prey to it. I'm just saying that's what I see when I look at Hartline. A crafty, intelligent guy we could throw in the slot with success


Trust me ... it's the Welker Syndrome. All receivers have to know how to read a defense, that's not just the function of the slot receiver.

Hartline's skill sets are not best suited for the slot. In fact he lined up there only 5.4% of his snaps last year. Shifty is not how anyone would describe him either. That's a better term for Davone Bess. Hartline's actually deceptively fast and that is how he's able to find success on the outside. But being fast and "quick" are two different things and again you need quick bursts as a slot receiver. The other thing you need as a slot guy is top notch body control .... and let's be honest, that is not Hartline at all. He's a catch and fall kind of guy.

Gibson's a posession receiver who much like Hartline is a terrible YAC guy. He only had 111 yards after the catch in 2012 (Bess had 266). Not someone "shifty" enough for the slot. Think of him like a specialist, in this case he's got a knack for 1st downs. He also appears to have functional abilities in the endzone.

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