I agree with the topic starter, i mentioned this a few days ago. While i would love to have some real speed on our receiving corps, i just havent seen anything impressive from this guy yet. People are overrating this guy based on his fast speed but until he shows some playmaking ability i would not let go of roberto wallace or philip livas because they have impressed and shown they are playmakers. Ted ginn is a great example of not gettin a hard on for speed, show me some playmaking skills gates and il be convinced. Speed is just a bonus. Davone bess doesnt have killer speed but look at hows hes looked himself as one of our main receivers, playmaking ability! Something gates has not shown. Gates is not a lock at all, He has done absolutely nothing to impress sparano. Chad henne overthrew him a little bit in the falcons game yea but how do we know that gates just didnt get to where he needed to be? he didnt have all that much seperation from the dbs on that play at all even though he was infront of them. Like i said, as of now, this guy is highly overrated on this forums and will most likely be cut unless he impresses sparano.
Well one thing for sure, and they were saying this during the Panthers game - The safety has to respect his speed therefore making this offense more creative... That alone, should be a major factor to keep him..
I would change Livas for Wallace because Wallace is a kid with a lot of upside, very good speed and he's solid on special teams for both the coverage on return units. Livas is strictly a return man. Livas would be a 6th WR if you make room for 6 WRs.Here is who I would keep at WR so far..
Brandon Marshall no brainer All Pro
Devon Bess great slot receiver
Brian Hartline great hands
Clyde Gates real burner
Phillip Livas great returner
The rest will have to battle it out for the sixth WR, which might be need for all Brian Daboll's 3 and 4 WR sets.
No, Gates has more touchdowns then Marshall and Bess this preseason, He also go overthrown on a deep pass by Henne last week, He's done more than enough to be on this team, Wallace is a lock as well. Livas and Moore are gone.
Seriously?! You're gonna call the man blind when his assessment is correct?! Gates has CONSISTENTLY gotten behind the defense both in practice, and against first string defenders in preseason. He had a nice touchdown against the Falcons but yet he's shown nothing impressive? Speed kills, and the man has it. What has been a huge problem in the past with the Dolphins? No speed!you gotta be blind to think gates has done anything impressive to make this team in any of these preseason games or your just a sucker for speed. Livas gone? sheesh, the only guy whos shown any real talent is being cut? Moore can go, he earned a cut off this team.
Seriously?! You're gonna call the man blind when his assessment is correct?! Gates has CONSISTENTLY gotten behind the defense both in practice, and against first string defenders in preseason. He had a nice touchdown against the Falcons but yet he's shown nothing impressive? Speed kills, and the man has it. What has been a huge problem in the past with the Dolphins? No speed!