Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas on his rookie campaign: "I know I've gotten better. The injuries affected me a lot last year. They messed my mind up. I lost the confidence I had. I didn't have the same burst I had earlier," when he ran for 107 and 95 yards in his first two games. (He ran for just 379 in the 11 others.)
Thomas said his 3.5 average (2.9 in the fourth quarter) is unacceptable and "very disappointing," adding, "I think I can average 5.0 a carry in this league."
Also troubling: his 1.9 yards-per-carry average after contact - fifth-worst among NFL backs. That's one reason he added seven pounds, and now weighs 235. "I wanted to get stronger because I lost some of the leg drive I had early on. I was stopped on first contact and that's not me."
Thomas, who averaged 5.2 yards per carry in two years at Kansas State, is encouraged because "our offense is doing a lot more zone running, and we ran well last year when we zoned. That's something I did in college a lot."