One of the most memorable scenes from Hard Knocks, at least when it came to a long and painful montage of post-roster cut sessions in
As he released the speedy former fourth-round pick (2011) out of Abilene Christian, the
Basically, Ireland admitted he was deeply concerned Gates would go somewhere else, figure things out and come back to haunt the Dolphins.
Gates didn't exactly do that on Sunday at
Gates was targeted just once all day, when a seemingly sloppy route resulted in an interception for
Nor did Gates get a chance to return a single kick, a job he held for the Dolphins at various times his rookie season.
Still, that didn't keep Gates from getting off a good line when I asked him about that parting conversation with Ireland, with whom he shares north Texas ties.
"I really don't look back," he said. "I always feel if you look back, you're going backward. I don't want to go back to that situation. Whatever was said was said. They moved on, I moved on."
But what about the fact Ireland admitted Gates had the talent to come back to burn the Dolphins?
"I mean, real recognize real, I guess," Gates said. "That's all I have to say."
At that, the Jets players at the next two lockers, including former UM tight end
Gates, using a hip-hop term, was basically saying Ireland appreciated him, even if this new coaching staff did not.
"Hey, he asked me a question, and I gave him an answer," Gates told his teammates with a big smile. "F--- 'em."
It remains to be seen if Gates will actually come back to haunt the Dolphins, but for one day at least, he was on the winning sideline across the way.