Jabar Gaffney was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on October 9, 2006 ... Originally drafted by the Houston Texans with the first pick in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft ... Signed by the Philadelphia Eagles (3/6/06) ... Released by the Eagles (9/2/06) ... Re-signed by the Patriots (3/5/08).
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GP/GS (Playoffs): 107/70 (6/4)
- Gaffney set a career high with five touchdown receptions in 2007 and caught a scoring pass in three straight games from Nov. 25 to Dec. 9.
- Gaffney is the only player in NFL history to record backto- back playoff games with eight or more catches for 100 or more yards in the same postseason. He caught eight passes for 104 yards in a first-round playoff game against the New York Jets (1/7/07) and followed that with a 10-catch performance for 103 yards the following week at San Diego (1/14/07).
- In the 2006 playoffs, Gaffney led the team with 21 catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns.
- Gaffney tied his career high with 10 receptions (for 103 yards) in the Patriots' divisional playoff victory over San Diego (1/14/07).
- Gaffney caught a career-high 55 passes for 492 yards and two touchdowns in his final season in Houston in 2005.
- Gaffney snagged a career-high 10 receptions against Seattle on October 16, 2005.
- Gaffney hauled in four passes for a then career-high 109 yards in a victory against Chicago on December 12, 2004, including a career-long 69-yard reception from David Carr.
- Gaffney threw his first career touchdown pass on October 20, 2002 against Cleveland, a 39-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Corey Bradford.
2008 (16/7/0/0): Led the team in receiving yards once in 2008, tallying 90 yards in the Patriots’ 47-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 21.
Kansas City (9/7): Started at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 17-10 victory over the Chiefs. at N.Y. Jets (9/14): Played in reserve at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 19-10 victory over the Jets. Miami (9/21): Started at wide receiver ... Collected six receptions for 51 yards, including one touchdown ... Snared a 5-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel on a fourth-and-three play in the third quarter, his first of the season. at San Francisco (10/5): Started at wide receiver ... Tallied three catches for 35 yards in the Patriots’ 30-21 road win over the 49ers ... Two of his three receptions came on third down and resulted in Patriots first downs with gains of more than 10 yards. at San Diego (10/12): Played in reserve at wide receiver ... Made one catch for four yards. Denver (10/20): Played in reserve at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 41-7 victory over the Broncos on Monday Night Football. St. Louis (10/26): Played in reserve at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 23-16 comeback victory over the Rams ... Made one reception for a season-long 17 yards in the first quarter, helping to extend a Patriots’ touchdown drive. at Indianapolis (11/2): Started at wide receiver as the Patriots entered the game in a three-wide set against the Colts ... Made one reception for 11 yards. Buffalo (11/9): Started at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 20-10 win over the Bills ... Tallied four receptions for 36 yards. N.Y. Jets (11/13): Played in reserve at wide receiver and tallied a season-high seven catches for 86 yards, including his second touchdown reception of the season ... Grabbed a 19-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel with 15 seconds left in the first half to cut the Jets’ lead to 24-13 ... Also hauled in a key 2-point conversion try from Cassel, to cut the Jets’ lead to 24-21 in the third quarter. at Miami (11/23): Started at wide receiver as the Patriots opened in a four-wide set in their 48-28 victory at the Dolphins ... Tallied a season-high 88 receiving yards on five catches ... Hauled in a season-long 23-yard reception in the fourth quarter, setting up a Randy Moss touchdown catch. Pittsburgh (11/30): Played in reserve at wide receiver against the Steelers, tallying one reception for two yards. at Seattle (12/7): Saw action in reserve at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 24-21 come-from-behind win over the Seahawks ... Tallied four receptions for 48 yards, including a season long 28-yard reception ... Extended the Patriots’ game-winning touchdown drive with a 5-yard reception on third and 4 in the fourth quarter. at Oakland (12/14): Started at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 49-26 victory over the Raiders. Arizona (12/21): Played in reserve at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 47-7 victory over the Cardinals ... Racked up a season high 90 receiving yards on five catches ... Broke off a season long 37-yard reception in the second quarter. at Buffalo (12/28): Played in reserve at wide receiver in the Patriots’ 13-0 victory over the Bills.
2007 (16/7/0/0): Set a single-game career high with 122 receiving yards in the Patriots' 34-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 9... Led the team in receiving yards and tied for the team lead in receptions in the Patriots' 28-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 23, 2007.
at N.Y. Jets (9/9): Saw action at wide receiver during the Patriots' 38-14 road victory over the Jets... Second-down reception from Tom Brady helped to set up a 22-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal in the fourth quarter. San Diego (9/16): Caught a 6-yard pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter that led to a 24-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal. Buffalo (9/23): Caught two passes for 15 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady with 6:26 remaining in the third quarter that gave the Patriots a commanding 24-7 lead... Hauled in an 11-yard pass that helped to set up Brady's first touchdown pass to Benjamin Watson and gave the Patriots a 10-7 second-quarter lead. at Cincinnati (10/1): Played in reserve at wide receiver... Did not record a reception. Cleveland (10/7): Caught one pass for 5 yards on a fourth-quarter drive that resulted in a 25-yard touchdown reception by Benjamin Watson. at Dallas (10/14): Caught two passes for 16 yards in the Patriots' 48-27 victory over the Cowboys... Hauled in a 10-yard reception from Tom Brady on a third-and-five play, continuing a third-quarter drive that resulted in a 1-yard Kyle Brady touchdown reception and a 28-24 Patriots' lead. at Miami (10/21): Saw action in a reserve role at wide receiver in the Patriots' 49-28 win... Hauled in his only reception, a 12-yard pass on third and five to extend a first-quarter drive that resulted in a 30-yard touchdown reception by Donte' Stallworth. Washington (10/28): Played in a reserve role at wide receiver and finished with a season-high four catches for 39 yards in the Patriots' dominating 52-7 win over the Redskins... Turned upfield for a 21-yard gain on a short pass from Tom Brady for a first down on a second-and-10 play in the third quarter on a drive that resulted in Brady's third touchdown pass of the game. at Indianapolis (11/4): Made his first start of the season at wide receiver as the Patriots opened the game in a three-wide set in a 24-20 comeback win over the Colts... Did not record a reception. at Buffalo (11/18): Made his second straight start at wide receiver as the Patriots opened in a four-wide set on offense... Made three catches for 44 yards in the Patriots' 56-10 win over the Bills... Made a diving catch to haul in a 31-yard reception on third and eight, setting up a Randy Moss touchdown reception that gave the Patriots a 21-7 lead... Helped on another third-down conversion, grabbing a 6-yard pass from Tom Brady on third and three in the third quarter, extending a drive that resulted in a Ben Watson touchdown catch. Philadelphia (11/25): Started at wide receiver... Collected season highs in receptions and receiving yards and hauled in his second touchdown reception of the season in a 6-catch, 87-yard performance in the Patriots' 31-28 comeback win over the Eagles... Came down in the end zone with a 19-yard pass from Tom Brady, providing the Patriots with a 24-21 lead with just 12 seconds remaining in the first half... Grabbed a game long 32-yard reception on third and 10, extending a first-quarter touchdown drive. at Baltimore (12/3): Played in a reserve role at wide receiver... Made his only reception a memorable one by hauling in an 8-yard touchdown reception in the back lefthand corner of the end zone, giving the Patriots a 27-24 lead with less than a minute remaining in the game... His game-winning grab was his second touchdown reception in as many games. Pittsburgh (12/9): Started at wide receiver... Set a single-game career high with 122 receiving yards on seven catches and a touchdown reception in the Patriots' 34-13 win over the Steelers... Hauled in a 56-yard bomb from Tom Brady for a touchdown on off of a double lateral that gave the Patriots a 24-13 lead with 10:17 to go in the third quarter... Registered the second regular-season 100-yard receiving game of his career. N.Y. Jets (12/16): Started at wide receiver... Made two catches for eight yards in the Patriots' 20-10 win over the Jets. Miami (12/23): Started at wide receiver... Led all Patriots receivers with an 82-yard performance on five catches, including his fifth touchdown reception of the season in the Patriots' 28-7 win over the Dolphins... Sprinted downfield and broke away from the pack for a 48-yard touchdown catch that gave the Patriots a 28-0 lead with 3:41 remaining in the first half... Helped to set up his own touchdown score with a 14-yard reception on third and four earlier on that second-quarter drive... Three of his five catches were good for first downs on third down tries. at N.Y. Giants (12/29): Started at wide receiver as the Patriots finished the regular-season undefeated at 16-0 with a 38-35 comeback win over the Giants... Did not record a reception.
2007 Postseason (2/1/0/0): Jacksonville (1/12): Started at wide receiver... Grabbed three catches for 26 yards in the Patriots’ 31-20 win over the Jaguars... Two of his three receptions resulted in first downs on third-down plays, including a 13-yard catch that helped to extend a Patriots’ scoring drive in the third quarter. San Diego (1/20): Made his only reception an important one, hauling in a 12-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter of the Patriots' 21-12 win over the Chargers in the AFC Championship Game... Gaffney's scoring grab was his third in five career playoff games.
2006 (11/6, 3/3): Started six of 11 games at wide receiver after being signed as a free agent on Oct. 9, 2006 ... Tied a career-high with 10 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown against San Diego (01/14/07) ... Registered eight receptions for 104 yards in his first career playoff contest against the N.Y. Jets (01/07/07) ... Led the team with 21 receptions, 244 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in the 2006 postseason.
Minnesota (10/30): Saw limited action at wide receiver ... Hauled in a 4-yard pass from Tom Brady along the sideline in the second quarter. N.Y. Jets (11/12): Saw extensive action in a reserve role at wide receiver and grabbed three receptions for 65 yards ... Extended the Patriots' second scoring drive with a 13-yard catch on a fourth-and-three play in the second quarter ... Set up the Patriots' touchdown with a 33-yard catch along the left sideline in the fourth quarter. Green Bay (11/19): Started at wide receiver and collected one reception for four yards. Detroit (12/3): Played as a reserve at wide receiver ... Helped set up the Patriots' first touchdown of the afternoon with a 28-yard reception down the left sideline in the second quarter. Houston (12/17): Started at wide receiver and snared his first touchdown with the club ... Got open in the corner of the end zone and hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter. Jacksonville (12/24): Started at wide receiver as the team opened the game in a four-wide receiver formation ... Grabbed three receptions for 26 yards ... Extended the Patriots' first touchdown drive by snaring a 5-yard reception on third-and-one in the second quarter ... Kept the Patriots' third-quarter touchdown drive alive with a 9-yard catch on third-and-four in the third quarter. Tennessee (12/31): Started at wide receiver and snared one reception for nine yards ... Extended a Patriots' touchdown drive with a 9-yard reception down the Titans' 1-yard line on a third-and-six play in the second quarter.
2006 Postseason (3/3): N.Y. Jets (1/7): Started at wide receiver in his first career playoff contest ... Led the team with eight receptions and 104 receiving yards ... Snared three receptions for 34 yards on the Patriots' opening touchdown drive in the first quarter ... Kept the Patriots' first scoring drive alive with a 15-yard catch on third-and-eight ... Got open over the middle and hauled in a 31- yard catch-and-run reception during a Patriots' third-quarter scoring drive. at San Diego (1/14): Started at wide receiver ... Led the team and tied a career-high with 10 receptions for 103 receiving yards and a touchdown ... Snared four receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown during the Patriots' two-minute touchdown drive just before halftime ... Got open in the back of the end zone and hauled in a 6-yard touchdown strike from Tom Brady, cutting the Chargers lead to 14-10 at the intermission ... Kept the Patriots' game-tying touchdown drive alive with a 12-yard reception on third-and-three in the fourth quarter. at Indianapolis (1/21): Started at wide receiver ... Grabbed three receptions for 37 yards ... Set up a Patriots touchdown by hauling in a 17-yard reception over the middle down to the Patriots' 5-yard line in the third quarter ... Gave the Patriots a 28-21 lead by tightroping the back of the end zone and snaring a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
2005 (16/13 - Houston): Caught a career-high 55 passes for 492 yards and two touchdowns in his final season in Houston ... Played in all 16 games, starting 13 at wide receiver.
- Collected a career-high 10 receptions for 87 yards against the Seattle Seahawks (10/16).
- Registered six catches for 40 yards against the Baltimore Ravens (12/4) to make it three consecutive five-plus reception games.
2004 (16/12 - Houston): Saw action in all 16 games, starting 12 games at wide receiver ... Grabbed 41 passes for a career-high 632 yards and two touchdowns in 2004 ... Also averaged a career-best 15.4 yards per reception.
- Posted five catches for 85 yards and one touchdown against the Tennessee Titans (10/17).
- Hauled in four passes for a career-high 109 yards in a victory at Chicago (12/19), including a career-long 69- yard pass from David Carr.
2003 (16/11 - Houston): Totaled 34 catches for 402 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games with 11 starts in his second season with the Texans.
- Notched five catches for 61 yards against New Orleans (9/14).
- Posted three catches for 38 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars (9/28).
2002 (16/14 - Houston): Started 14 of 16 games played as a rookie, posting 41 catches for 483 yards and a touchdown.
- Made his NFL debut as a starter in a season-opening win against the Cowboys (9/8).
- Recorded three catches for 48 yards and his first career touchdown, a 26-yard score from Davis Carr against Buffalo (10/13).
- Hauled in four passes for 47 yards against the Cleveland Browns (10/20). Threw his first career touchdown pass, taking a pitch from Carr and running right before lobbing a 39-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Corey Bradford.
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Played two years at Florida after redshirting in 1999 ... A two-time All-SEC selection, he was also a consensus All- America first-team selection and finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award as a sophomore in 2001. ... Ranked second in the conference and eighth in the nation with an average of 108.3 receiving yards per game (67 catches for 1,191 yards and 13 touchdowns) in 2001 ... Holds NCAA I-A record for single-season touchdown receptions (14) and single-season receiving yards (1,184) by a freshman in 2000 ... Named National Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News and was voted SEC Freshman Player of the Year by coaches and the Associated Press ... As a freshman received the Ray Graves Award as the team's MVP in 2000 and was voted the Patriots' two-minute touchdown drive just before halftime ... Got open in the back of the end zone and hauled in a ciated Press ... As a freshman received the Ray Graves Award as the team's MVP in 2000 and was voted the squad's most outstanding receiver.
Derrick Jabar Gaffney was born on December 1, 1980 in Jacksonville, Fla. ... Two-year starter for Raines High School in Jacksonville ... Caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the championship game ... Is the cousin of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard ... Gaffney and Sheppard won a championship in their first year together at Raines High School ... Lists his favorite movie as "Troy" and his favorite TV show as "Family Guy" ... Majored in recreation program delivery at Florida ... Jabar and his wife Terin have a son, Jackson Tyrel Gaffney and a daughter, Teagan Danae Gaffney.
- Jabar's father, Derrick Gaffney, played in 100 games over eight seasons as a wide receiver for the New York Jets (1978-84, 1987). Like Jabar, his father also attended the University of Florida.
- Jabar was the second player drafted in Houston Texans history, chosen with the first selection in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft.