Gaffney getting closer to playing; Marshall misses Dolphins practice again

The final question everyone wants answered is when Jabar Gaffney will be ready to play for the Dolphins.  Gaffney again practiced with the starting  unit on Monday.  Coach Mike Sherman said that Gaffney had his best practice on Wednesday, the last practice before the bye week break.  Gaffney is trying to learn the Dolphins offense and more importantly the checks, audibles, and hot reads.  Ryan Tannehill must trust that he knows where Gaffney is going when the defense presents a particular route.

Mike Sherman said that Gaffney has been doing a lot of individual work, but the key is for him to get more work with the entire offense.  When Gaffney is ready, the Dolphins hope he can step up and become the solid 3rd wide receiver they’ve been looking for since training camp.  Brian Hartline has caught 29 balls this year….Davone Bess has caught 28. Take a wild guess as to who the next highest receiver is on the Dolphins receptions list?  It’s Marlon Moore, with 3 catches. That is a drastic dropoff.  The Dolphins like to use 3 wide receiver sets, but to do so, they must have a legitimate option as the third wide receiver.  They’re hoping Gaffney can be that receiver (so do we!).

Tradewinds: We told you last week about the rumors involving Dwayne Bowe of the Chiefs.  Nothing new to report on that front.  However, if a trade is going to be made, it will need to be made within the next week. The NFL’s trade deadline is next Tuesday (10/30), so the clock is ticking. Other than Bowe, it’s hard to imagine a big name coming to Miami.  If Jeff Ireland wants to make a move for a wide receiver, he has some draft pick ammunition (1-1st, 2-2nds, 2-3rds)

The Dolphins could look to trade Matt Moore to a team in need of a quarterback.  Some are speculating it could be the Arizona Cardinals, who recently lost Kevin Kolb to an injury.  If Matt Moore were to be traded, it could be a for a draft pick or could be for a wide receiver, as PhinsPhocus.com suggests.  If the Dolphins traded Moore, Pat Devlin would be Ryan Tannehill’s backup.  There’s also the possibility that the Dolphins could bring in a veteran, perhaps one that already has a good handle on the offense….like David Garrard??  It’s all speculation, but considering Moore is set to be a free agent, the Dolphins might want to try to get something for him while they can.

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