Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
When Brandon Gibson blew out his patellar tendon in a game against the New England Patriots 11 months ago, the Dolphins front office, coaching and training staff weren’t so sure that he would recover in time for the start of the 2014 season. The Dolphins were so unsure about his recovery that they drafted Jarvis Landry in the second round of the 2014 draft. However, not only is Gibson ready for the 2014 season, but he was also ready for the start of training camp about one month ago.
"I tried not to let it get me down," Gibson said Thursday. "I know today, with how good doctors are, as good as rehab is, I looked at it from the standpoint of an opportunity for me to get better. I didn't want to take any time off and be lazy. I wanted to use the time to make everything right. I wanted to make sure I stayed on top of my game. I told myself that I wanted to make the most of this opportunity and I want to capitalize whatever way I could."
Joe Philbin knows how valuable Gibson is to the team, especially in third down situations where he is often Ryan Tannehill’s security blanket.
"I think when he left the team or got hurt in New England, third down, he was one of the leaders in the league in terms of percentage of conversions and those types of things," Philbin said. "I think he’s a quarterback-friendly guy. He’s got very good hands and he’s smart. He can read coverages, understands the leverage, when I turn out and turn in, when I should stay on the move, when I should sit down. So I think the quarterbacks, most of them, get comfortable with him pretty quick."
Having too many good wide receivers is a good problem to have and surprisingly, is one of the strongest positions on the team. If Gibson can get back to 100% for the start of the season, the Dolphins offense could be dangerous, especially when going into three and four receiver sets.