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Potential Dolphins: Rashad Jennings

By Guest Writer Sam Pericolo:


The Dolphins running game was dismal last season. They were one of eight teams that did not score double digit rushing touchdowns. Daniel Thomas was drafted in the second round of 2011 and has been extremely disappointing since his arrival; he has not rushed for 600 yards in any of his three seasons and has played more than 13 games only once. Lamar Miller, a fourth rounder in 2012, came into 2013 with very high expectations. He, as well, did not perform as many expected.

Miller is still young and could improve as he gets some more experience in the NFL. Thomas, on the other hand, is not someone that can be relied on. It would be wise for the Dolphins to get a veteran running back that can man the backfield while Miller, hopefully for the Dolphins, matures. While you can look at the offensive line as the reason the running game was not up to par, they can still improve in the backfield. Rashad Jennings is coming off a very nice season as Darren McFadden’s backup in Oakland. He rushed for 733 yards and 4.5 yards per carry.

Jennings would bring some much-needed experience to the young backfield. While he has yet to be the feature back any year in his five-year career, Jennings seems capable of getting, at the very least, the majority of the carries. A best case scenario for the Dolphins would be that Miller comes into his own while Jennings is in Miami and the Dolphins will be able to rotate the two in the backfield and keep them both fresh.



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