Coach Adam Gase said Thursday that second-year tailback Jay Ajayi is the clubhouse leader when it comes to the vacant starting spot.
Speaking on WQAM (560-AM), Gase said Ajayi -- a former Boise State standout whom the Dolphins selected in the fifth-round of the 2015 NFL draft -- has put some distance between himself and Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Pead, Jahwan Edwards, and Kenyan Drake, the 2016 third-round pick, who hasn't practiced with the team yet.
"He's been one of those guys he's been here every day. He's done everything right. You can tell he's looking to improve. He doesn't say much, just keeps working," Gase said. "The rest of that group has done a good job to try and keep up with him, but obviously he's kind of separated himself from that group as far as the consistency of what he does day in and day out."
The team tried but failed to sign C.J. Anderson this offseason, so they aren’t completely sold on Ajayi. Howver, these comments suggest that he’ll be the primary running back in Miami provided the team doesn’t sign Arian Foster once his Achilles is healthy. In an article examining Gase's impact on the Miami offense, our very own T.J. Hernandez concluded that "the most likely outcome seems to be that Ajayi flirts with a 60 percent backfield touch share, which would have ranked in the top 10 of all backs in 2015."
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (knee, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 16. If Thomas can’t play, Damien Williams would serve as the primary backup to Lamar Miller, and Miller becomes a safer start.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (knee) missed practice again Thursday. If Thomas can’t play, Damien Williams would serve as the primary backup to Lamar Miller, and Miller becomes a safer start.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 9:07am
The Dolphins have a nickel and dime passing game, an injury-decimated offensive line that is better suited to run block than pass protect, and a tailback in Lamar Miller who has one of the highest yards per carry averages (4.8 per attempt) in the NFL.
YET, the Dolphins, which have the seventh highest rushing average in the NFL, are consistent about abandoning the run game, even when it is working.
It happens each and every game the Dolphins don't have a lead going into the fourth quarter. The run game will be effective in the first half, like the 57 rushing yards the Dolphins produced on 13 first half carries against the Ravens. You know, the first half where the Dolphins owned a 10-7 lead and controlled time of possession.
Then the Dolphins will dump the rushing attack like it was a cheap date who farted at the dinner table.
The story goes on to point out the Dolphins gave Miller three carries in the second half of Sunday's 28-13 Ravens loss, which features Miami holding a third-quarter lead early. The Dolphins got the ball first in the third quarter and ran the ball zero times, it continued. On the second possession of the second half Miller's first carry gained 10 yards, and then his next two carries each produced 2-yard losses. From that point Miami was pass happy. The writer went on to say that it doesn't take much for the coaches to pull Miller from the game either, something fantasy owners are likely familiar with. The way the Dolphins use their backs is frustrating for Miller owners, especially when the once-cut and now-back Daniel Thomas remains an option. Based on all of this, Miller is a risky play this time of year, perhaps even in a good matchup.
Monday, November 10, 2014, 1:21pm
The Dolphins are promoting running back LaMichael James from the practice squad. That means Miami will have four running backs on the active roster — Lamar Miller, Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas and James.
James — 5-foot-9, 195 pounds — was a star running back at the University of Oregon. He led the NCAA in rushing with 1,731 yards in 2010.
He was drafted in the second round of the 2012 Draft by San Francisco but he’s rushed for just 184 yards in his career.
Miller is dealing with a shoulder injury and was limited to just four carries in Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Williams had a team-high seven carries for 34 yards. It may be a move to add some insurance at the position, especially if Miller is going to be limited, or perhaps even out. It's a quick turnaround as the Dolphins play the Bills Thursday night.
It's not great news for those expecting to play him. Miller is in a tough matchup at Detroit on top of possibly being limited. It looks like Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams will cut into Miller's workload, making Miller a bit of a risk. Be sure to check our Important Last Minute News section Sunday morning to see if there is anything more regarding Miller's status and playing time.
The medical news was better for Lamar Miller, the Dolphins running back who sustained an AC joint sprain — more commonly known as a separated shoulder — against the Chargers. Miller is considered day to day, but there’s a good chance he will play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the Miami Herald has learned.
Miller has started every game this year and is the team’s leading rusher at 518 yards on 106 carries (a 4.9 yards-per-rush average). With Knowshon Moreno already lost for the season, the Dolphins are perilously thin at the position. The other three running backs who have played for the Dolphins this year have collectively averaged just 3.1 yards per carry.
Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor provided no insight into Miller’s availability when he met with reporters Monday. But Lazor did not seem overly concerned about the prospect of playing without Miller, if that is the case.
Keep in mind it's not a great matchup for Miller as they travel to take on the Lions. Should the third-year back miss Sunday’s game in Detroit, the Dolphins would start either Daniel Thomas or Damien Williams, who finished Sunday’s game after Miller was injured. Be sure to check our rankings, but Miller is likely going to be a lower-end RB2 option.
The MRI results are back for Lamar Miller. They reveal he has an AC joint sprain. He is day to day.
An AC joint sprain is also more commonly known as a shoulder separation. An AC joint sprain is a relatively common sporting injury affecting the shoulder and is characterized by tearing of the connective tissue and ligaments of the Acromio-Clavicular joint.
The AC joint is responsible for connecting the shoulder blade with the clavicle and allows for some shoulder movement. During certain activities, stretching forces are placed on the AC joint. When these forces are excessive and beyond what the AC joint can withstand, tearing of the ligaments and connective tissue of the AC joint may occur. This condition is known as an AC joint sprain.
Dolphins running back Lamar Miller downplayed the left shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday’s 37-0 victory against San Diego. Miller said he had only a “stinger” and that he could have returned if the game had been close.
He looked in pain on the sideline and had trouble raising his left arm.
“I’m good, Miller said. “I’ll get some treatment and I should be all right.”
As we've said many times, we can't always trust when a player comments on an injury, especially when he says he's going to be OK. If Miller were to miss any time, the Dolphins would be down to Daniel Thomas — who was cut before the season and re-signed after Moreno was injured — and undrafted rookie Damien Williams. It's at least potentially good news for Miller owners. However, keep in mind Week 10 is a tough matchup at Detroit for Miller and the Dolphins running game.
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller injured his left shoulder on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.
Miller was examined on the sidelines and his return to the game was declared as questionable. But the Dolphins finished out the game without the team's leading rusher, who contributed 49 rushing yards and one touchdown on his 11 carries, and caught one pass for 8-yards against the Chargers.
Miller's health is critical to the Dolphins' success because he's rushed for 518 yards and five touchdowns on 106 carries this season, and is the driving force behind one of the NFL's best rushing attacks.
The Dolphins have Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams on the 53-man roster, and LaMichael Thomas and Orleans Darkwa on the practice squad. If Miller isn't healthy enough to play in next Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions the Dolphins will likely have to promote Thomas or Darkwa to the 53-man roster, the story said. Reports also added that Miller couldn't lift his shoulder on the sideline during tests so this is a situation to monitor heading into Week 10.
Moreno played in just three games this season and rushed for 10 yards on six carries in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Moreno was an important part of Miami's rushing attack. He was second on the team in carries (31) and rushing yards (148). Moreno also averaged 4.8 yards per carry.
But injuries have hampered Moreno all season. He had knee surgery in the summer and missed a portion of training camp. Moreno also suffered an elbow injury that kept him out of two games in the regular season before suffering his latest season-ending knee injury.
This pretty much came out of nowhere. Moreno, who signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins, will become an unrestricted free agent next March. It now looks like Lamar Miller (330 rushing yards, three touchdowns) will carry an even bigger load for the Dolphins with Daniel Thomas chipping in as well. Damien Williams and LaMichael James could also see time but this looks like it's mainly going to be Miller's job.
"I think it's just a matter of him getting used to playing with it in practice. He's got to get a feel of it and carrying the ball with it, pass protection," coach Joe Philbin said. "Obviously we just can't have him in there when we are running the ball or free release him all the time. Those are things we take the practice week to figure out."
When Moreno is cleared to play he'll likely compete with Daniel Thomas for the role as Miami's third-down back, which was the spot he held in the season opener.
The Dolphins' rushing attack has done just fine without Moreno, averaging 142.3 yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry. Miami enters this Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, who are allowing 163 rushing yards per game, fifth in the NFL in rushing. Lamar Miller did well against the Chiefs and Dolphins so the matchups were favorable, and many feel he's not lead back material. The story mentions Moreno will compete with Thomas for third down back duties, but there really shouldn't be much competition here assuming Moreno can perform. Moreno was arguably their lead back before he got hurt.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm
Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Thomas was the primary backup to Lamar Miller in Week 3.
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