The Dolphins cut Jabar Gaffney on Tuesday, parting ways with the veteran receiver who spent more time in Miami inactive than on the field.
Gaffney, who arrived in town with hope that he could spark a sagging air attack, leaves the Dolphins with just four catches in three games. He struggled to grasp the system early, causing him to miss his first two games, and then sat out the Dolphins’ loss at Buffalo with a knee injury.
Taking his place on the roster is Kyle Miller, a 6-5, 260-pound rookie tight end from Mount Union who was recently waived by the Colts. The moves leave the Dolphins with just four wide receivers but five tight ends, including Michael Egnew, who hasn’t appeared in a game all season.
Earlier in the day, Dolphins bulked up their offensive line depth by signing Ryan Durand, a versatile guard who spent the previous three years with the Titans.
Durand, a 6-5, 301-pounder out of Syracuse, is seen as a bruiser who takes good angles. He was waived by the Titans in September after breaking his leg in camp, but had it scoped and now is healthy.
The Dolphins brought Durand in for a workout Monday, and were impressed with what they saw.
“I’m a hard-nosed guy, a hard worker,” he said. “I bring my hard hat to work. I feel like I fit in pretty well with the guys around here, just excited to be part of the Dolphins.”
The Dolphins have been thin on the offensive line all season, but fortunately have been quite healthy. Their starting five players have combined to miss just 14 snaps all year. However, reserve guard Nate Garner has struggled in his rare opportunities off the bench.
For as long as Joe Philbin is the Dolphins’ coach, he will work in the considerable shadow of Don Shula.
Some successors might shy away from Shula’s legacy. On Tuesday, Philbin quoted the Hall of Fame coach, dropping a casual, “I think Coach Shula once said, ‘Uncorrected errors will multiply,’” into his daily meeting with the media.
Philbin later said he has spoken with Shula only a handful of times since taking over the Dolphins’ top job in January, but the two had a chance to chat before the Nov. 11 game against the Titans — which the Dolphins lost 37-3.
“He was very, very supportive,” Philbin said. “Very supportive of what we are doing, and you can tell that he is still very passionate about the Miami Dolphins. You could tell that in just the brief conversation that we had.”
But that comity came before the blowout loss, Philbin added with dry humor.
“He may not want to talk to me now,” Philbin said.
Philbin also acknowledged Tuesday that he isn’t sleeping as well as he would like during the Dolphins’ recent three-game losing streak, but that he is going to “stick to this process that we have in place.”
Karlos Dansby said his torn left biceps was a result of “friendly fire” in the second Jets game, but wouldn’t identify which of his teammates accidentally caused the injury.
Dansby said the tear has limited him at times, particularly catching the football, but a decision on offseason surgery remains up in the air.
“We may let it heal,” said Dansby, who is still able to lift weights.