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."
The broken ankle, along with ligament damage, will sideline Thomas Rawls for the remainder of the season, coach Pete Carroll said. On Sunday, the Seahawks went with DuJuan Harris (18 carries, 42 yards) and Fred Jackson (seven carries, 15 yards). But now they'll have to consider adding a running back to the mix as they try to make a run in the NFC.
The hope is Marshawn Lynch is back for the playoffs but there's no set timetable and they won't rush him back, the story added. The team worked out Hunter, Gray and Pead at various times this season and of course Michael is a former Seahawk (the story considers him a longshot). Brown has been on the off the roster this year. He has skills but fumbling issues. The story pointed out the team liked Harris above all of these guys since he was still on the roster. And, the author guessed the Seahawks will sign either one of the players listed above or someone off another team's practice squad and go with a running-back-by-committee approach for the next couple of weeks. Considering how Russell Wilson is playing and the fact the next two opponents (Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams) are a combined 8-18, the Seahawks should be able to hold on to a wild card spot even if their run game takes a hit. It appears to be good news for the Seattle passing game.
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Toussaint has spent the entire 2015 season on the Steelers’ practice squad after being signed on Sept. 7. He originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Michigan on May 29, 2014.
With Michigan, Toussaint had 510 career carries for 2,290 yards (4.5 average) and 28 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 298 yards (9.6 average) with the Wolverines.
Toussaint played in four career games during the regular season and two postseason contests, all with the Ravens. He had six carries for 12 yards, and three catches for 27 more.
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Todman has 2 carries for 14 yards this season. Pead was signed last week when the team placed Bell on injured reserve. Hopefully a little extra rest will do Williams well for the rest of the week leading up to a nice matchup against the Browns. With Ben Roethlisberger likely out, the Steelers were expected to count on the run game this week.
That they went with an in-house option, Spencer Ware, to replace the injured Jamaal Charles on their roster, would seem to speak well for Ware and their other backs, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis. Ware, who played for the Chiefs in training camp and the preseason, had been on their practice squad.
Most outlets say it's West who passed Davis on the depth chart as the team's RB2. Andy Reid went as far as saying West has a similar skill set to Charles while Davis is a one-cut runner. Davis has had success filling in for Charles in the past, but right now it seems like West is the back to own. However don't be surprised if Davis gets some work as well.
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In the process, the team promoted cornerback Brandon McGee from the practice squad to the active roster and signed wide receiver Nick Toon to the practice squad.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:52pm
Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Rams have waived-injured Isaiah Pead on Wednesday. Should Pead clear waivers, he can revert to the Rams and go on injured reserve for the entire season or reach an injury settlement that makes him a free agent.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 4:59pm
The non-contact injury appeared to happen when he planted on his left foot in Saturday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. The running back was helped off the field by trainers and carted to the locker room.
At the NFL owners meetings in March, coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that he’d like Stacy to be the team’s “70 percent” back. In other words, get 70 percent of the touches at running back.
But that was before the Rams selected Heisman Trophy contender Tre Mason of Auburn in Round 3 of the May draft. Throw in returnees Benny Cunningham, and even Isaiah Pead and Chase Reynolds, and there’s plenty of competition on the practice field.
And if those five weren’t enough to consider, the Rams also have an intriguing undrafted rookie in Trey Watts, who sat out the preseason opener against New Orleans with a hamstring injury. So yes, it’s a crowded house at the position.
If Stacy got 70-percent of the carries last year, he would have had just shy of 300, putting him among the tops in the league. But perhaps the point of this story is that Stacy may not need to carry 70-percent of the time like Fisher said he could back in March. That, of course, is bad news for Stacy owners. But the good news is Stacy is still expected to be the RB1 in this offense so he should still get a bulk of the work. We think Mason has a chance to steal the most carries and could end up being a handcuff. The battle behind Stacy is a situation to watch if you're going to be a Stacy owner.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:47am
In just two seasons, Rams RB Isaiah Pead has been surpassed by running backs with lesser draft status including Daryl Richardson and Zac Stacy. Even undrafted rookie Benny Cunningham handled a bigger role in 2013 and the Rams drafted Tre Mason in the third round this year. Pead's long term future in St. Louis will likely hinge on his ability to finally produce in 2014.
The Rams would like to see a competition develop in camp with their backs. Pead even got some first-team reps in the spring. But the story even says it's probably not realistic to expect Pead to make enough of a leap to steal carries from Stacy, Cunningham and Mason. It goes on to say a more likely scenario is Pead playing special teams and developing into a third-down back. Right now, there's just not a lot of fantasy value.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:01pm
Rams RB Isaiah Pead has been lost in the shuffle a bit since the Rams found their top two backs in Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham, and then added Tre Mason in the third round of this year's draft. Midway through last season, Pead took a role on special teams and apparently excelled in the role to the point where the Rams view him as one of their most valuable contributors there.
In looking at his role for this season, special teams again figure to be a big part of the plan.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 12:20pm
Rams beat writer Jim Thomas on Rams' RB situation: "Daryl Richardson has been practicing, so he's healthy enough to play. If [Zac Stacy] is out, Richardson has to be active, although I couldn't tell you for sure that he'd be the 2 or the 3 behind [Benny Cunningham]."
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