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The Miami Dolphins claimed WR Anthony Armstrong off waivers Saturday, adding depth to a thin receiving corps. The team may not be done searching the waiver wire for receivers. Miami worked out WR Jabar Gaffney on Monday.
Armstrong was cut by the Washington Redskins on Friday. An undrafted free agent out of college, he spent the 2008 season on the Dolphins' practice squad. He had 44 catches for 871 yards for the Washington Redskins in 2010 and made seven receptions for them last season.
"We're going to see what he can do," Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said Monday. "He's returning back to Miami Dolphins from a previous stint. It's tougher to evaluate him at this point because he's just learning things."
Armstrong's biggest weapon is his speed. "I think that's the attraction as much of anything," Sherman said. "We heard a lot of positive things about Armstrong," adding "It's evident that he's explosive."
The Miami Herald reported Monday that the team brought in Gaffney, the former Florida Gator star, for a workout on Monday, and more tryouts could take place this week. "It's a work in progress and it will continue to be until we have solved that problem," Sherman said about the receiver position.
Legadu Naanee and Davone Bess are listed as the team's starting receivers, with Armstrong, Rishard Matthews, Brian Hartline, and Marlon Moore backing them up. The team traded Pro Bowl WR Brandon Marshall over the offseason, but have yet to find anyone who can replicate Marshall's production.
The Dolphins averaged 5.0 yards per pass attempt during the preseason, better than only one other team in the NFL (to be fair, that team was the New England Patriots, so it is possible to read too much into preseason stats).
In addition to Armstrong, the Dolphins claimed safety Troy Nolan, cornerback R.J. Stanford and linebacker Sammy Brown on Saturday. The team terminated the contracts of safety Tyrone Culver and running back Steve Slaton, and they waived linebackers Jonathan Freeny and Josh Kaddu.