As the Bills implement a new offense, questions remain regarding whether running back LeSean McCoy will be able to adjust his running style to the one-cut approach that coordinator Rick Dennison employs. There’s no question about McCoy’s level of excitement regarding the new air attack in Buffalo.
“The running backs getting the ball in the passing game,” McCoy told reporters on Thursday. “That’s something I’ve been a part of, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually got the ball a lot in the air — we do a lot of that. [Rick Dennison is] big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that’s been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I’m a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air.”
Dennison's offenses in Denver didn't feature the running back in a big way over the last two seasons, but while he was the OC in Houston, Arian Foster averaged 3.1 receptions per game from 2011 to 2013. That's a 50-catch pace, which happens to be how many receptions McCoy had last year under offensive coordinators Greg Roman and Anthony Lynn. In other words, we're not expecting a sea change in McCoy's involvement in the passing game. (McCoy does have big upside as a receiver -- he caught 78 passes in his second season in Philly.)
The former Pro Bowler has suffered a myriad of injuries over the past few years, and in an announcement Monday, he cited his body can't take "the punishment" that the NFL demands anymore.
Foster's agent confirmed the news to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. A source added to Rapoport that Foster's retirement is effective immediately. Jay Ajayi has taken over the Dolphins RB job as Foster was trying to come back from a hamstring injury. Looks like Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake will move up on the depth chart.
Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 7. Given the full participation, Foster should play but it looks like he’s the RB2 in Miami after Jay Ajayi’s big game against the Steelers.
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:10pm
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:41pm
“He’s trying to fight for us,” Gase said. “He’s trying to be out there because he knows his leadership is valuable. Him just being on the sideline is valuable. If he can give us a couple plays, even though he’s not 100 percent, for him to come out there and want to be part of what we were doing, that was outstanding effort on his part. Obviously, I put him in a couple bad situations.”
Foster only got three carries while Jay Ajayi exploded for over 200 yards against the Steelers. We had a story earlier today by ESPN that opined the Dolphins have found their go-to RB, and that certainly seems to be the case after Ajayi's performance. Foster had been out since Week 2.
This is a Miami team that took five tailbacks into the regular season because no one stepped forward in the preseason. Former Pro Bowler Arian Foster won the job in training camp but continued his string of injuries in Week 2 when he hurt his groin and hamstring.
The team went by committee with Ajayi, rookie Kenyan Drake, Damien Williams and Isaiah Pead, who was later released, for several games hoping someone would take hold of the position. No one did until Sunday.
How quickly things can change in the NFL and in the fantasy football world. The story said Ajayi's play could be a game-changer for the Miami offense after just recently in the doghouse. Ajayi showed the burst, power and ability to make long runs that made him a coveted prospect out of Boise State two years ago. Ajayi fell to the Dolphins in the fifth round because of prior knee injuries, but the team believed then that it got a steal as long as Ajayi stayed healthy.
Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:25pm
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. Foster is a game-time decision for Sunday. If he’s out, Jay Ajayi would likely lead the backfield in touches. The Dolphins play early on Sunday.
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:01pm
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:42pm
Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:27pm
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring, doubtful) took limited practice reps all week and is doubtful for Week 5. Armando Salguero expects him to be held out Week 5. Jay Ajayi is a decent desperation play since HC Adam Gase has indicated that he’d like to ditch the four-RB committee that he’s used in recent weeks.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:05pm
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Foster is now tentatively on track to play this week, but we’ll have to wait and see how that hamstring responds to practice.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:35pm
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Foster is now tentatively on track to play this week, but we’ll have to wait and see how that hamstring responds to practice.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 2:07pm
Foster did not play against Cleveland or Cincinnati and has had injuries to his groin and hamstring.
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:16pm
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