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Dolphins Beat: Team is 'at a loss' with respect to struggles in rush defense

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dolphins beat writer James Walker on the team's recent struggles against the run:

This has been one of the biggest mysteries of the season. Three weeks ago Miami had the No. 2 defense in the NFL and was No. 8 against the run. Then, out of nowhere, the Dolphins have allowed 661 rushing yards in the past three games. They are now No. 22 against the run. Players and coaches are at a loss. They say it is poor fundamentals, tackling and run fits.

The Dolphins have been pushed around too often in the past three weeks. They played a little better defensively against the Ravens, but not enough to think the issue will be resolved on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

This bodes well for LeGarrette Blount, who has dominated the carries in the last three weeks. He has toted the ball 42 times in that span; the next highest carry total is 12 by Shane Vereen. We're expecting Blount will carry the ball 15-plus times in a game that the Patriots should be able to control with their ground game.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Robinson’s season is over with a mid-foot sprain. We would expect the Jaguars to turn back to Toby Gerhart, whom they signed to be their feature back in the offseason. Todman and Johnson will be in the mix. Gerhart's 2.9 YPC is dreadful, but he has been running better (3.5 YPC) since Week 8, once his foot injury finally healed. We wouldn't recommend him in Week 15 against the Ravens, but he should have a chance to produce against the Titans in Week 16.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Smith questionable for Week 15 after his knee swelled up in warmups before Baltimore’s game against the Miami last week. If Smith is out, Steve L Smith would get a bump, while Kamar Aiken would have some appeal as a desperation start.

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson (foot) is done for the season

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 3:33pm

Jaguars, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Jaguars announced that RB Denard Robinson is done for the season.

HC Gus Bradley says Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson will share reps.

Fantasy Impact:

We would expect the Jaguars to turn back to Gerhart, who they signed to be their feature back in the offseason. Todman and Johnson will be in the mix. Gerhart's 2.9 YPC is dreadful, but he has been running better (3.5 YPC) since Week 8, once his foot injury finally healed. We wouldn't recommend him in Week 15 against the Ravens, but he should have a chance to produce against the Titans in Week 16.

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson has a mid-foot sprain, status uncertain

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 1:22pm

Mark Long, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson has a mid-foot sprain. No word whether he will practice or play at Ravens.

Fantasy Impact:

If Robinson can’t play, look for Toby Gerhart to see a majority of the work in a bad matchup against the Ravens. The Ravens are #3 in RB aFPA, so Gerhart wouldn't be an attractive start, though he should see 10-15 touches as Jacksonville's lead back.

Saints cut WR Joe Morgan

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 4:14pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Joe Morgan is no longer a member of the New Orleans Saints.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the fourth-year wide receiver has been told he'll be waived, according to a source informed of the move.

The mood in New Orleans is "very tense," per Rapoport, who was told that more than 10 players were called individually into coach Sean Payton's office for review.

Morgan's release caps a rocky tenure with the Saints that saw him serve a two-game suspension last month for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Fantasy Impact:

The fallout begins in New Orleans. Despite an explosive performance against the Ravens in Week 12, Morgan has been an enigma in New Orleans. He missed all of last season with an ACL injury.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 9:07am

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Torrey Smith has a sprained knee

Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:17pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has a sprained knee.

Smith underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam to determine the severity of his knee injury.

Smith's knee swelled up following warmups Sunday in Miami.

Fantasy Impact:

The good news is there is no ligament tears, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday. Smith's status is undetermined for Sunday's game against the 2-11 Jacksonville Jaguars, but rest and rehabilitation should help, the story added.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Ravens RB Justin Forsett (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 14. Forsett is expected to play against a Dolphins rush defense that has struggled of late.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Ravens WR Marlon Brown (concussion, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14. The probable tag means that Smith is good to go for the Dolphins.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 14.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Ravens RB Justin Forsett (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Forsett was seen limping during Week 13, but played through the injury and should do so again in Week 14. He’s expected to play against a Dolphins rush defense that has struggled of late.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Ravens WR Marlon Brown (concussion) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday.