While much of the early focus in the Dolphins’ 2013 Training Camp has been about the chemistry between Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace, there’s another new receiver looking to establish chemistry with the Dolphins quarterbacks, Brandon Gibson. Gibson, signed as a free agent this offseason after four productive seasons in St. Louis, is looking to be one of the team’s primary options in the slot this fall. While Gibson had success as a slot receiver for the Rams, he was primarily used on the outside with Danny Amendola being the team’s main guy on the inside. Recently, Gibson sat down with The Finsiders to discuss his adjustment to the slot receiver position in the Dolphins offense and much more.
(On playing the slot receiver position primarily with the Dolphins)- “I think the biggest adjustment for me is just blocking linebackers and rolling safeties. My thing is that I’m able to run routes, adjust and get open, but I want to be good at every single spot. So if I have to move outside or inside, I want to be able to do that.”
(On adjustments receivers need to make when playing the slot)- “The thing is that you have to play with your eyes. When the defense does blitz, or an adjustment has to be made, you have to have a very good connection with the quarterback and make sure that you guys are on the same page. Whether it’s breaking off something hot, or changing your route. But at the same time, it’s playing with your eyes and you’ll be alright”
(On chemistry of passing game with many new additions)- “The chemistry that Brian (Hartline) and Ryan (Tannehill) have is really incredible actually, watching them throw and the timing that they have is impressive. Me and Mike (Wallace) are going to have to find our way. I think we’re doing a good job, steady, steady (progress) each and every day we’re getting better at it. The thing is making sure you’re quarterback-friendly and on the same page. Once we’re good with that, we’ll be just fine.”
(On making big catches in crowds over the middle)- Me playing outside, I kind of had a knack just for making sure to get up the field. Here, I’m kind of settling and finding zones whether it be (against) Cover-Two or Quarters and different types of things. I just have to make sure I catch the ball and get up field and continue to move the ball downfield or score touchdowns, either one, that’s my job.”
(On observations of Ryan Tannehill)- “He’s been in this offense for 4 or 5 years now, so he completely understands what has to happen. He studies, he understands the offense, (and) he understands defenses. He has a good strong arm, and he does a good job of getting the ball out.”
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