As we prepare for the 2012 NFL draft which is only 7 days away there is an unspoken aspect of the Miami Dolphins offense which might play a bigger role than most care to discuss.
Last year Reggie Bush had a career year, rushing for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. It was also only time in his career where he started over 10 games. Reggie has had a track record of being knocked up and until last year had the tag of being one of those “injury prone “players.
2010 8 games played 6 games started
2009 14 games played 8 games started
2008 10 games played 9 games started
2007 12 games played 10 games started
Miami can’t take Reggie’s health for granted as there is no guarantee that Reggie will come back as strong next season or as healthy. While I have confidence in Reggie’s skill it is critical to always have a backup plan because depending on Bush would be irresponsible. In addition Bush is also in a contract year so the Dolphins might want to use even ounce of him possible.
That being said one player that needs to step up this season is Daniel Thomas.
After starting out strong out of the gates, Thomas failed to impress the fans finishing with a very mediocre rookie season.
What was more concerning was that when Thomas was given the full load of carries with Reggie being out he failed to seize the opportunity.
Thomas a 2nd round draft pick needs to be more productive for the offense to click. Most teams rely on a team 2 player backfield and the Dolphins most likely will look for their own dynamic duo to play a bigger role.
The team clearly believes in Thomas’s skills after trading up in the 2nd round to select him, now its Thomas turn to make the Dolphins look good by adding production this season on ground.