Scouting Report: LB Gary Guyton

Before they signed wide receiver Legedu Naanee, the Dolphins also added linebacker Gary Guyton, signing him away from New England Patriots. To get the lowdown on Guyton, we checked in with PatriotsInsider.com publisher Jon Scott.

Here is what Jon wrote about Guyton:

Gary Guyton was a reserve linebacker during his time in New England. He has multiple talents as a pass rusher, run defender and in pass coverage. During his tenure he was a mainstay on New England's special teams units.

WHY HE WASN'T RETAINED: New England used Guyton as a reserve backer who saw action when Jerod Mayo was injured, and in certain defensive sub packages. As a rookie he saw more action, but in recent years was eventually beaten out by players such as Dane Fletcher and Tracy White.

WHAT HE OFFERS: Guyton has the ability to play inside or outside backer, though he seemed better suited to inside. He is a decent run defender, but was occasionally burned in pass coverage. He has decent speed, as evidenced by a 59-yard INT return for a TD vs the Bengals in 2010. He can certainly play special teams, and has experience in multiple units.

WHAT HE LACKS: Guyton had limited upside with New England. The defensive schemes employed by the Patriots in 2011 (a 4-3 and versions of the 3-4) exposed Guyton's skill set. He just wasn't suited to any one particular task enough to beat out other more versatile or dynamic impact players.

HOW HE MIGHT HELP A TEAM: Guyton can be a fill-in as a reserve player, or participate on a rotational basis in various sub packages. He provides a limited set of pass rush skills but can fill a hole on a blitz. He occasionally gets caught up in the wash on run plays, but does show decent instincts for the ball. He showed decent effort on a consistent basis, and should be a decent locker room addition.


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