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The slot receiver position has become a staple in NFL offenses and every team has one. When you think of great slot receivers, Wes Welker or Victor Cruz comes to mind, but there are many good ones out there. The Dolphins traded their previous slot guy in Davone Bess to Cleveland during the 2013 NFL Draft. However, they had his replacement already on the roster in free agent pickup from St. Louis, Brandon Gibson. Gibson has played all three receiver positions, but coach Joe Philbin felt Gibson was perfect for the role. Gibson, who caught 51 passes for 691 yards and scored five touchdowns for the Rams last season will operate in close quarters and will have to be able to read coverages in order to make the right decisions. Slot receivers operate on the concept of space, wherever the defense loosens, then that is where the slot is supposed to go. If they face man coverage, they run upfield and then make their break. If it is zone, then they run underneath and find the soft spots. Coach Joe Philbin feels Gibson is perfect for the role: "We like the way he runs routes," Philbin said, via Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "We thought he played big," Philbin said. "We thought he competed for the ball well and he caught the ball well. He's not a double catcher. He caught the ball with his hands and we like." "You're in between the linebacker level, safeties dropping down, and you're going to have to read things on the run relatively quickly," Philbin said. "We think [Gibson] is a guy that has that awareness to adjust to different coverages, which I think you have to do inside."  

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