WR Brandon Gibson, Free agent
HT: 6-1, WT: 210, Born: 8-13-1987, College: Washington State, Drafted: Round 6
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Brandon Gibson is coming off a knee injury, which derailed a pretty solid season. With Jarvis Landry coming in, Gibson's role could be stolen along with his roster spot. Lucky for him, Brian Hartline is returning from a knee injury and Armon Binns is returning from a torn ACL, so (especially in Binns' case) nobody is guaranteed a roster spot. Gibson has struggled with drops in the past, but looked better last year. He could stick, if Landry struggles at all in camp. At best though, Gibson is bench depth. Even if he gets regular snaps, he is too far down in the pecking order.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Iíve never thought very much of Brandon Gibson. So, seeing him haul in 7 of his 10 targets in Week 1 was somewhat surprising. He did have a few drops, including one on third down which would have resulted in a first down. But, those errors have always been a part of Gibsonís game. Now that heís primarily the slot guy, he will have some games where he catches a half a dozen balls or so. And if he gets down the seam, he may even have some big gainers. But, yesterday seemed like it was probably the high end of what Gibsonís capable of this season, barring injury to Wallace, Hartline, and even Charles Clay. The running game was a mess, Wallace caught one pass on five targets, so Tannehill looked Gibsonís way 10 times. Will Gibson receive 10 targets in another game in 2013? Maybe in a shootout, but even then, Wallace is still likely to be more involved. We saw some games like this in St. Louis, but Gibson would then shrink in the following games. Until he strings together some more quality performances, heís an afterthought.
Week 2 - Miamiís slot man drew just two targets, catching one on the day. With Wallace, Hartline and Charles Clay drawing 26 of the Tannehillís 32 targets, Gibson was left to fight for scraps. Additionally, he was only in on 27 snaps after seeing 42 in Week 1. This is just the reality of the situation for Gibson. There will be weeks where Mike Wallace or Brian Hartline is ineffective and Tannehill looks for him more. Then, there will be weeks like this one, where #2 tight end Dion Sims played 8 more snaps than him and Tannehill doesnít look his way much even when heís on the field. Heíll be worthy of a long look in certain matchups, especially against a team that can take away Mike Wallace. Itís just a reminder that even with Tannehill playing really well, on his best days heíll likely be able to support two fantasy options, and three in certain matchups. With Wallace, Hartline, and Clay looking in sync with Tannehill, it wonít leave Gibson with targets on a consistent basis.
Week 3 - Gibson returned to some prominence in the box score after being next to invisible in Week 2. The Dolphins went behind early, so he ended up playing 40 out of 55 snaps. Itís evident that his playing time will likely be based on game flow. The Falcons led for just about the entire game, so it makes sense that Gibson would see an uptick in snaps. When the game is tied or the Dolphins are ahead, weíve seen their 12 personnel, with Wallace and Hartline at wide receiver and Charles Clay and either Dion Sims or Michael Egnew at tight end. If this team is legit, weíll see that grouping a ton when Miami is ahead and looking to kill the clock at the end of games. However, when Gibson has been on the field, heís been a guy that Tannehill has looked for. On third downs especially, Gibson offers more yards after catch ability than former slot man Davone Bess, as well as the ability to go get a few more passes. Gibson may offer some appeal as a matchup play against certain competition. He figures to play plenty in New Orleans next Monday, as well as against New England.
Week 4 - Brandon Gibson enjoyed one of the best games of his season on Monday night, reeling in 6 of his 8 targets from Ryan Tannehill. With the game script calling for three wide receiver sets early and often against the Saints, Gibson played in 49 out of a possible 60 snaps. The 49 snaps were a season high for the new slot receiver, and he did the most with his targets. Working from inside may actually the best use of Gibsonís ability. He struggled with drops when he played on the outside in St. Louis, but now that heís playing the slot, he doesnít really have to worry about catching tough passes. On his first catch of the night, he showed off his nice after the catch ability. Tannehill hit him over the middle on a quick hitter and he immediately exploded upfield, pulling the Dolphins out of a 3rd and 6 hole and picking up 28 yards. With the Dolphins down big in the second half, Tannehill looked Gibsonís way a bunch over the middle, as Miami attempted to string together some plays in garbage time. Gibson grabbed 4 balls for 41 yards after the game was 35-10, so thatís a bit score dependent, but as long as heís on the field, heíll continue to see targets. Tannehill looks for him on third downs a ton, but it will still be tough to gauge the games heíll have a big impact. The Dolphins did look very good in 11 personnel last night, so itís possible his role could continue to be very good.
Week 5 - Gibson continued his strong start to the season as Miamiís #3 receiver against the Ravens. Because of the game flow and the Dolphins inability and unwillingness to run the ball again, Gibson played 48 of 59 snaps. His number are slightly skewed as heading into the final drive of the game, he was sitting at 3 catches for 28 yards. He was the beneficiary of a phenomenal downfield throw by Tannehill to give the Dolphins hope late in the fourth quarter. Gibson, known for his drops, was actually one of the only Dolphins not to drop a pass, and adjusted well to the ball and came down with the grab. Gibson, of course, cannot be trusted on a weekly basis. But, the Dolphins seem committed to running out their 11 personnel at any point during the game, so Gibsonís snaps may stay at this high rate. Thatís a reason for him to be owned in some leagues.
Week 7 - Gibson caught his first two touchdowns of the season on Sunday, but still finished with his second lowest yardage total on the season. Both touchdowns were quite impressive though. On his first, he caught the ball just inside the 10-yard-line, cut upfield, and flew spectacularly into the end zone, ala Jerome Simpson last season. On his second TD, he and Tannehill were on the same page as Tannehill moved right as he was flushed from the pocket, and Gibson shook Nickell Robey and snared the ball in the back of the end zone. Additionally, Gibson dropped a red zone target early in the game, which may have produced six points as well. The good news is that Gibson is seeing 7 targets per game, a pretty good number for the third or fourth option on the team. However, itís likely that Sunday was the best fantasy output of Gibsonís season. It will be interesting to see if Tannehill starts targeting his slot receiver in the red zone on a routine basis, but chasing those points is not an advisable strategy. Gibson also played just over half the snaps yesterday, ceding some work to the tight ends because of the Dolphinsí early game-plan of running the ball.
Week 8 - After emerging over the last two weeks, catching three red zone TDs in two games, Brandon Gibson succumbed to a season ending knee injury on Sunday. On a somewhat routine incompletion, Gibson came down awkwardly and immediately limped off, slamming his helmet down in frustration. He reportedly has a torn patellar tendon and is done for the season The slot man was building a nice rapport with Ryan Tannehill, but will have to wait until 2014 to build on that relationship.