Time to take a break from the Jeff Fisher soap opera, and discuss potential options for this off season for the Dolphins.
Going into this off season there are several needs the Dolphins must address, the biggest one has remained the same for the past 13 years obviously being a franchise quarterback that the Dolphins have yet to find. The Dolphins could also use some help in the form of a right tackle and maybe a free safety and pass rusher. With that being said I think there is a small need that goes under the radar for the Dolphins this off-season. That need is adding some depth at the running back position.
Reggie Bush has quickly become my favourite player in this roster as he proved this year he can be a true running back in this league. That being said lets not forget he does have a history to be a fragile running back. Bush has player over 12 games in a season only 3 times out of his 6 year career. The Dolphins even experienced a late season scare with Bush as he was not able to finish the Dolphins last game of the season. While Bush has earned the feature role in the offense back up Daniel Thomas did not get his career off the way he anticipated.
The young second round draft pick struggled at the beginning of the season to stay healthy but then when he finally got in the line up rushed to a 107 yard and 95 yard game after those two games his season went down hill, rushing over 70 yards only once the rest of the season. Thomas also did not take advantage of his opportunity to start in week 17 rushing for only 28 yards on 12 carries.
While I don’t think the Dolphins can or should give up on Thomas so early I do implore them to potentially look from some depth in free agency. Lex Hilliard simply is not capable of taking the load should Bush get another injury. Steve Slaton who did a okay jump filling in when asked is set to be a UFA also creating a greater need.
Names I think the Dolphins should consider are, Maurice Morris formerly of the Detroit Lions, Cadillac Williams (STL) , Earnest Graham and Derrick Ward. None of these options are very attractive however there are inexpensive options that could provide the Dolphins with some extra depth should need the situation arise where it was needed. These options also are running backs with pass catching ability which could be helpful to the Dolphins offense.