RB’s – Current depth chart and needs

Jordan Howard – 6’0 224

Ryan Fitzpatrick – 6’2 228

Kalen Ballage – 6’2 231

Myles Gaskin – 5’10 200

Patrick Laird – 6’0 205

De’Lance Turner – 5’11 214

Samaje Perine – 5’11 240

That’s a big stable of running backs in more ways than one, and of course I’m joking about the guy 2nd on the depth chart. Leaving out said QB, these are mostly bigger backs with the exceptions of Gaskin and Laird, all above 220 lbs. The reality is some of the guys on this depth chart won’t be here once the season begins if they even get that far. I think Gaskin and Laird could be keepers and Ballage may get another shot after a very disappointing season where he had ample opportunity to make some hay, starting in 6 games but just couldn’t get anything positive going, either rushing or receiving. I had hoped we had David Johnson lite, but even on the receiving side Ballage was a major letdown.

Jordan Howard signed a 2 year deal and he’s the type of back that wears down a defense. He will be valuable to close out a game in the 4th QTR by keeping drives going and punishing defenses, aptly named “The Bulldozer”. I have to believe that we will be active in the draft to find another quality back and there are a few that should be available beginning with our third first round pick (#26). D’andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, J.K. Dobbins, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire round out the top 5. I will be surprised if none of these guys end up in a Dolphins uniform.

So free agency began in earnest for the Miami Dolphins and our name consistently flashed on the screen from the start. We made a lot of noise, gave out a few big contracts, but in general filled out a lot of holes and most definitely upped the talent level here and acquired some heady players as well. Kyle Van Noy in particular is a guy who has tortured us twice a year in a Patriots uniform serves to make us better and weaken the Patriots in one swift cut. On a down note, the Patriots will recoup yet another valuable compensatory pick, but if Van Noy can bring that production and locker room presence to some younger guys it will be worth it in spades.

I know you all know who we’ve acquired, probably better than I do, but I like to see it in print, it makes me feel happy. Here are all of our recent acquisitions and the contracts.

CB Byron Jones – 5YR/$82.5M

LB Kyle Van Noy – 4YR/$51M

DE/LB Shaq Lawson – 3YR/$30M

OG Ereck Flowers – 3YR/$30M

DE Emmanuel Ogbah – 2YR/$15M

RB Jordan Howard – 2YR/$10M

S Clayton Fejedelem – 3YR/$8.55M

C Ted Karras – 1YR/$4M

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill – 1YR/$3M

S Adrian Colbert – 1YR/$1.775M

We also signed former Patriots LB Elandon Roberts but the terms of the contract are not yet final. Fejedelem, Clobert and Roberts are all special teams guys and the new guys (Fejedelem and Roberts) lay the wood. All in all, I think we have shored up certain areas but there are still a few glaring holes such as OT, QB, RB, C (for competition this season and beyond). Another good DT/DE could also elevate our defense and safety is still an issue despite the Fejedelem and Colbert signings. The good thing is our approach in free agency has afforded us some flexibility going into the draft where we have excellent draft capital to make the most of our picks. I’m really looking forward to it.

Author’s Note: I hope all of you stay safe and healthy in these trying times with the outbreak of COVID-19. Be careful, help people when you can, and be a good neighbor and human being. Keep your family healthy and safe the best you can. Thankfully, participation here is safe (from COVID-19 anyway) so keep on bloggin!



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706 Responses to RB’s – Current depth chart and needs

  1. Mike E. says:

    Piggy said bifurcate. That sounds like a dirty, dirty, word. Filthy pig!

  2. Mike E. says:

    The senates bill gives the Dolphins an additional $50M of cap space. It’s a very difficult addendum to find, you have to read very carefully.

  3. ocalarob says:

    Trivia…dont google it.
    Q = Miami gave up the third overall pick in a trade with cleveland for Paul Warfield. Who did the Browns draft with that pick?

  4. pheloniusphish says:

    Piggy – Big businesses are employers too. You mention the airlines and how they have been affected. They employ about 750,000 Americans. As of today flight loads are down over 82%. In addition to the employees who are currently being laid off, passenger aircraft carry a large percentage of the Nation’s air cargo and US mail. Yes, I would like more concrete controls on their loans. But how about negotiating that instead of tanking the whole package and trying to get pet pork into the relief package. The Democrats are wholly to blame for the current delays and people suffering. The Kennedy Center? NASA? NOAA? The National Endowment for the Arts? Please…the Democrats should never utter the phrases “slush fund” or “pork Barrel” again and the current crop of them in DC should all be horse whipped and run out of the country.

  5. D says:

    ocalarob says:
    March 24, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Wirfs may go 4 to giants. We may end up drafting simmons at 5. Flores is focusing on defense
    I think he got the guys he wanted on defense from FA, i think it will be a heavy offense draft.

  6. D says:

    We as fans make too much of “injury history”, and im not worried about the injuries that Tua has had being a problem for us in the future. If a guy like Teddy Bridgewater can come back from what essentially was his lower leg torn off his body, then Tua’s injuries arent worrisome and they are all fluke heak and come back kind, not degenerative kinds im not concerned. I am concerned about one thing, and thats if they try to force his playstyle or if they coaching him out of the more dangerous aspects.

    His play-style and one of his best attributes is getting out of pressure and making stuff happen, but in the NFL thats a high liability and you have to know when to take the sack or get out of bounds, or throw it away, etc.Tua pushes himself so hard to make every play get yards that im nervous about him continuing to do that in the NFL and then getting hurt. His injury history doesn’t bother me at all.

  7. Mike E. says:

    Phelon – That’s kind of what I don’t understand. Big companies employ a lot of people. I don’t know why people want to punish big companies so bad. My wife works for a big company. If they go under we’re fucked! Just because they’re big corporations and they make a lot of money, they also pay a lot of money to their employees. They disappear, thousands of jobs disappear too.

    • steveccnv says:

      Because they’ve been known to be in the pockets of politicians. I don’t think it’s the case for this instance, but it’s an easy narrative for those on the left to use.

    • D says:

      OCRob, it looks like i was sorta right, i looked up the trade and it looks like they later Traded Phipps to the bears and used the selection to get Ozzie Newsome lol. I was just guessing because the time frames and i figured it must have been a big time pickup lol.

  8. ocalarob says:

    NY is getting hammered. 25k positive test. The next closest is 2500. The country and different states should share medical resources as needed. You cant have 10k respirators being hoarded by one state when another state needs them

    • D says:

      Lousiana is 3rd, with a fraction of the population of NY or CA, the 1 and 2.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      The states are bidding against each other right now

      So right now whomever had the most $ gets them

      The Feds can’t take control though if the President uses his emergency powers under the Defense Production Act

      Then the federal govt can distribute to the states or cities based on need rather than just a bidding war

      So there’s a solution for that issue

  9. D says:

    BTW any money loaned or even given to a travel based company, not leisure travel, but business travel, is in fact a way to keep businesses of all sizes going. My suggestion would be for the airlines to suspend all travel not associated with business, businesses can claim for reimbursement, all travel expenses, and the airlines can claim for reimbursement all operating costs during the period of banned recreational travel. This limits the number of passengers aboard, and the distancing between passengers could be maximized. Travel is a necessary component of business so they need to stay open, but you can limit the bailout aspect to just compensation of operational expenses.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I can respect your suggestion

      But what the current bill does is earmark money for the treasury dept to give out the Loans – so it’s ints current form, your suggestions don’t matter

      You can build strings attached Into the Bill yo achieve this or other things, but this bill does not do that

      It’s gives the discretion to the treasury dept which virtually guarantees being prey to Washington lobbyist and insiders

  10. D says:

    steveccnv says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:23 am

    You say you aren’t concerned with his injury history, but you are concerned his style of play will lead to injuries. I feel the same way, and I said injury prone, but either way he’s at risk.
    ok, must of misread what ya were saying. I think though, it can be coached out, Russel Wilson, Dak Prescott, and a few other took to the training and really still do what they do but do it safer. Watson is learning, albeit he is just now getting there. I dont think its not doable, and thats kinda of why i leave it up to the FO to make that call. I personally see him a lot like Wilson, and i think he is smart enough and adaptive enough to learn to change that play-style some to avoid getting crushed. Its a risk for sure, but a lot of the guys transitioning to the NFL have that risk.

  11. ocalarob says:

    At least the DOW is up

  12. wyoming85 says:

    I would be all for this!

  13. D says:

    D says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:45 am

    OCRob, it looks like i was sorta right, i looked up the trade and it looks like they later Traded Phipps to the bears and used the selection to get Ozzie Newsome lol. I was just guessing because the time frames and i figured it must have been a big time pickup lol.

  14. D says:

    Any of you stock market types buying up the cruiseline stocks that dropped like 70 points when this shit first peaked?

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Are you crazy?

    • D says:

      Im not doing it, im just wondering if others are, I dont do stocks other than managing my 401k and other type investments. I know a few people that snatched up a bunch at 30, They are generally pretty smart and i can see those bouncing back easily to 60, though it more of a long term investment for that. This wont kill that industry.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        I’m not a stocks guys

        So I don’t know smart investments
        But it sounds risky to me

        I guess it’s all a matter of how risk adverse people are with their money

        I clutch mine like it’s the last roll of toilet paper and don’t take a lot of chances

  15. The Flying Pig says:


    It’s not that big business doesn’t have an effect on people’s lives

    It’s that this is an obvious political knee jerk reaction by republicans to protect big business and that’s not appropriate for an emergency relief fund

    If you earmark 500 billion Dollars to prop up big business before they even report losses, that money can easily be spent raising the money you give to individuals or small business

    Tax payers lose money with Corp bailouts in the form loans. It’s not just whether it’s paid back, but the time it takes to pay it back

    500 billion is no small amount to be loaning out to save big business in hopes that it trickles down to people

    It often doesn’t trickle down, Especially if they just use the $ to do stock buybacks which is exactly what happened in the 2018 Corp tax breaks

    I don’t want to be a wacko who bashes successful corporation bc they are successful. But their fiduciary duty to their shareholders is to make money. It is ludicrous to give a lump sum to the treasury dept to dole out and hope the bread crumbs trickle down to individuals to fuel the economy – that’s irresponsible government

    Again, this is a major political difference between the parties. It has no place in an emergency relief fund. You can’t use this bill as a vehicle to promote trickle down economics

    We talked about printing money yesterday to pay individuals
    But that obviously doesn’t have to be done
    And republicans don’t think that either as they earmarked 500 billion dollars for Corp loans

    If we decide to give our bailouts, at a minimum do it with strings attached so that employees get basic protections – but this bill gives 500 billion to the treasury dept without strings. What do you think is going to happen when the hotel industry, cruise industry, and every other industry hires lobbyists s to get a piece of that money

    And duck the cruise industry. They don’t even file taxes and US. They file abroad. They aren’t even contributing.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      FYI – I don’t like Pelosi’s plan either

      But the end game here is a compromise

      No way am I okay with earmarked that much money to the treasury dept to loan to “distressed businesses”

      • TryPod says:

        Yes- a compromise. Both sides are playing politics because that’s what they do, but ultimately get to something that both can work with and choke down the crap that makes your stomach hurt for the sake of the end result, which should be something that actually helps the most people at the least cost. There is no perfect bill, but there is a responsible, representative one.

  16. wyoming85 says:

  17. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

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