MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 19: Clyde Gates #10 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball during a Preseason NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Sun Life Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
After getting through Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, I am going to group Legedu Naanee and Clyde Gates into a single post. Why you ask? Simply because either of these players could become Miami's #3 WR or they could end up riding the pine for most of the game. I believe they both have similar ceilings and floors as well.
I feel it's pretty safe to say that Hartline and Bess will play pivotal roles in Miami's passing game. Anything beyond that is anyone's guess. I wouldn't put it past the realm of possibility that one of these players even gets released if they're jumped on the depth chart by players like Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore, Jeff Fuller, B.J. Cunningham, or Rishard Matthews.
Floor: I pretty much described the floor for both these players above. They are both very raw in route running and this could create a huge negative impact for their status on this team. Even if they become Miami's #4 or #5 WRs, they'd have a minimal role where their ceilings would then become a few hundred yards. Stats for both players: 10 receptions, 90 yards, 0 TDs.
Ceiling: One of these players, hopefully both, could show improvement with their route running throughout the summer and carve out a role on the team. Both Naanee and Gates have tools to succeed if they can improve their route running, which may be the biggest necessity for a WCO receiver. If they can do that, they'll not only greatly help themselves, but they can raise the level of Miami's offense. Stats: 50 receptions, 700 yards, 5 TDs.
How many yards will Miami's #3 WR have in 2012?
Less than 400 yards (69 votes)
400-500 yards (177 votes)
500-600 yards (125 votes)
600-700 yards (56 votes)
More than 700 yards (35 votes)
462 total votes