Foster was in for nine snaps and got the ball on two of them without finding much running room. Foster lost five yards while getting little help from the blocking on his two carries, leaving coach Adam Gase to make plans to extend Foster’s time on the field against the Falcons on Thursday.
“We didn’t have much to evaluate,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “Whatever carries he had, there wasn’t much there to try to create. He did a couple of things on his own. Hopefully we can take a long look at him this week. I don’t want to overdo it with him. Obviously, his resume speaks for itself.”
The story went on to say the Dolphins are expected to keep the first team in the game into the second half on Thursday, so there will be more snaps for Foster as the team works on setting up the look of their backfield for the start of the regular season. With rookie Kenyan Drake still sidelined by a hamstring injury, that look will likely come down to how they balance playing time for Foster and Jay Ajayi.
Foster signed a one-year deal a month ago and was on the physically unable to perform list the first two days of camp as a precaution as he continues to recover from a torn Achilles’ he suffered against the Dolphins Oct. 25 while playing for Houston. Parker participated in full team drills today. The embattled receiver who’s battled nagging injuries as much as cornerbacks recently, missed about a week of camp with a sore hamstring, the story all said.
Monday, August 8, 2016, 4:14pm
That’s one way to describe how the Dolphins’ offense began team drills Monday.
Here’s another: It was a continuation of the malaise on display in Saturday’s scrimmage, which led coach Adam Gase to criticize the unit in ways we haven’t heard since his arrival in Davie.
With a day off Sunday, it was two straight practices of the offense often going nowhere but backward. Yes, there were occasional positive plays, but they were as spaced apart as extended touchdown drives for this team the past few seasons. Gase said he saw improved effort Monday, perhaps unwilling to beat up on his offensive line the way his defensive line has.
These depth charts can be taken a few different ways so not a lot should be made out of this just yet. With all the press surrounding Foster, it may have been a way to calm things down a little. These kind of depth charts can also be used to send a message, but we thought it was worth noting.
That’s good news for Ajayi, who coach Adam Gase said was “worried it was more than what it was” and who now has to contend with Arian Foster in the race for playing time in the backfield. Foster hasn’t been with the Dolphins too long, but it sounds like he’s already shown Gase enough for the coach to know that it’s a question of how much playing time the veteran will get rather than one of whether he’ll be in the mix at all.
“His resume speaks for itself,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “I don’t think there’s any question why we brought him in here. He’s playing this year. Whether he’s the guy that will be the first snap of the game, time will tell. He is going to be rolling with the ones.”
While Ajayi is out, Foster will have a chance to show off his stuff but based on all of Gase's gushing comments over the last couple of weeks, Foster had already made an impression before taking the field. Ajayi's value is going to take a hit here but keep in mind of Foster's injury issues too.
Foster made a "wow play" in drills right off the bat when he caught a one-handed pass in the corner of the end zone. He also had a nice, cutback run in team drills for a solid gain.
The Foster updates will likely come fast and furious, much to the dismay of Jay Ajayi owners, but Foster is looking more and more like he's going to have fantasy value in the Miami offense so his progress is worth monitoring. We continue to have Foster slightly ahead of Ajayi in our PPR rankings. Looks like at this point he just needs to stay healthy.
There seems to be a lot of excitement surrounding Foster these days, but those owning Ajayi can take this as at least a bit of good news. This should give Ajayi a chance to shine early in camp and earn some valuable reps, especially if Foster's stay on the PUP list is for a significant amount of time. However it still looks like if Foster is healthy, he's going to have a role in this offense.
“I’ve always been a fan of how he does things. He’s the type of guy that he can run his route tree similar to what a wide receiver’s is. When we worked him out, I put him in a couple of spots just to see how that looked and he runs about as smooth as any running back that I’ve ever seen. I’ll be interested to see how far we can grow the running back position with him.”
Gase said he's admired Foster for quite some time and thinks it's a great opportunity for both the Dolphins and Foster. It's still early, but those targeting or already owning Jay Ajayi probably don't find this a great opportunity. It appears Foster will at least be a big part of the passing game if he can remain healthy.
Monday, July 25, 2016, 9:22am
Inexperience is a major concern with Miami's RB group, pushing Miami to sign Arian Foster last week. Jay Ajayi is still expected to enter training camp as the starter, but Foster will make the second-year player work for the job.
Foster, who will be 30 in August, is coming off an Achilles’ tendon tear that he suffered against the Dolphins on October 25. But he expects to be fully healthy for the start of training camp.
Ajayi's stock has fallen with the signing of Foster and he's 38th on our RB list but still has an ADP of the fifth round. However Foster is ranked 35th on our list. Ajayi has the advantage of younger legs, but if Foster can show any signs of his past form, he'll surely eat into Ajayi's fantasy potential causing this to be a committee situation.
In Arian Foster, the Dolphins believe they are getting the player far closer to the one who averaged 4.8 yards and ran for 1246 yards in 2014 than the one limited to 2.6 per carry in four games last season before a ruptured Achilles.
Foster, who ranks 10th among active backs in career rushing yards, is only 29. But durability has been an issue in recent years. He missed 23 of a possible 48 games, due largely to a 2013 back injury and last year's Achilles' injury, which was sustained in late October against Miami.
Foster will compete with Jay Ajayi for the starting job. But regardless of who starts, both should get plenty of carries, presuming Foster stays healthy. Remember, Adam Gase has raved about Ajayi throughout the offseason program, though he has dropped a few passes.
We're anticipating a timeshare for now, with Foster having the better chance to earn a lion's share of touches (if healthy). He also has the better chance of going down with a season-ending or long-term injury.
RB Arian Foster is signing with the #Dolphins, source said.
Related players: Jay Ajayi
Foster struggled last year (2.6 YPC on 63 carries) before tearing his Achilles, so there's no guarantee that he's going to come back and look like his old self. He must have looked good enough in Monday's workout to convince the Dolphins to sign him. Jay Ajayi's touches are seriously threatened by this addition, though the team may be looking at Foster to take on 5-7 carries per game. We'll know more when camp starts and the depth chart starts to shake out.
The report comes from a Texans blog which presumably has some connections with those in the know in the Foster camp. Obviously, he'll change the fantasy landscape wherever he lands, though he's coming off of a torn Achilles. Jay Ajayi would be the big loser in Miami, though Foster may remain in a backup capacity as he recovers from his injury.
On a per game basis, Foster had the #4 and #3 per game average over the last two seasons, and has five top 5 finishes in that category in the last six seasons. So he's been extremely productive when healthy. Unfortunately, he hasn't played more than 13 games since 2012, and has only appeared in 25 of his last 48 games. He turns 30 this August and is coming off of a torn Achilles in October. If he lands in good fantasy situation (Dallas, New England, etc.), he'll be on the fantasy radar, but he's not likely to see the 19.1 touches per game that he's enjoyed during his career.
"Today you start some light jogging," says the man wearing a Houston Methodist Hospital coat. "No pivoting, cutting, explosive activity. Strengthen all you want. Do your heel lift, elliptical, bike, jog. Surf. Maybe not surf."
You can hear Foster in the background of the video while the doctor ticks off the things he can't do. Foster says, "But I can jog?" and then makes an approving sound at the affirmative response.
On a per game basis, Foster was #6 in standard formats and #3 in PPR. The Texans are rumored to be moving on from Foster, but he's still under contract for 2016.
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