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Dolphins still searching for consistent No. 3 wide receiver

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By Kevin Fishbain

The Dolphins have won games by avoiding turnovers on offense, making up for a run game that slowed since earlier in the season. However, the passing game could still use a spark. The way we hear it, finding a third receiver is one of the team’s top priorities. Another wideout adds a weapon to rookie QB Ryan Tannehill’s arsenal and it allows Davone Bess to work mostly out of the slot.

Jabar Gaffney has yet to be active, but the bye in Week Seven could be the extra time he needs to get healthy so he can contribute.

“You know the guy is a gamer. He’s got production on film,” Joe Philbin said of Gaffney. “He’s been in games, he’s played well in games, he’s got a lot of catches in this league. So I don’t think it’s overly far away.”

Gaffney, who signed with Miami on Oct. 2, had a career-high year in 2011, catching 68 passes for 947 yards in Washington. The Patriots released Gaffney in the summer after he suffered a hip injury.

Through six games, Bess and Brian Hartline have combined for 902 receiving yards. The next leading wide receiver is Marlon Moore, who is now healthy and had his first three catches of the season for 46 yards on Sunday, including a 29-yard score. Moore played in 28 offensive snaps vs. the Rams.

The Dolphins have struck out in attempting to find a third target at wide receiver since trading Brandon Marshall to the Bears. Legedu Naanee didn’t pan out, neither did Roberto Wallace or Clyde Gates, and Anthony Armstrong has been a nonfactor. Moore could continue to improve in the role, but a healthy, productive Gaffney is a proven commodity who has filled the role before. 

Another option could be to add a big-name wideout. Twitter was a flurry on Wednesday over reports that Yahoo's Jason Cole mentioned Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe as a potential target for Miami. Cole clarified his tweet, saying he did not report that the two sides were talking trade, yet. The Dolphins do have extra draft picks thanks to the trades of Marshall and CB Vontae Davis, and Bowe is originally from Miami, so the idea certainly is not far-fetched. 

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