A look at our Running Backs

The way I see it, the unit that is the closest to being a complete unknown other than our offensive line, is our running back group. We’ve assembled a few pieces, a few with similar skill sets, and really, not one clear number one guy that at least on paper looks to receive the lions share of carries. In today’s NFL, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many teams have RB by committee and our Head Coach, Mike McDaniel employed his running backs in that very same manner across the country in San Francisco as run game coordinator. To further illustrate my point, the only back in our stable that came with 70 yards of a 1000 yard season was our last pickup, Sony Michel, who has played for the Patriots and Rams. In fact, discard the yardage stats, the only RB on our team who had more than 200 carries in a season is Sony Michel. At the moment, we have 7 RB’s on our roster, Sony Michel, Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, Zaquandre White and Gerrid Doaks. Since we have a FB on our roster, that means maybe 3-4 RB’s on the roster and a couple on the PS.

It’s going to be interesting to see if rookie UDFA Zaquandre White can develop quickly enough and show enough to stay on the roster. If we carry 3, that would be nearly impossible, but if we do carry 4 backs, I think White has a chance. Mostert is a speed guy and we will try to get him out in space to get big chunks of yardage. He will not be a bellcow back, only Michel even partially resembles that type of back. Edmonds is a very good receiving back who has caught more than 50 passes in a season and Myles Gaskin is very much the same, missing 50 by one with 49 receptions last season. Both Edmonds and Gaskin had 4 TD’s receiving each last season.

You look at some teams and you know they have a RB that will be getting tons of touches, especially carries. Najee Harris of the Steelers, Jonathan Taylor of the Colts, Antonio Gibson of the Commanders, and then you have the 2 hybrid backs who may as many receptions as carries like Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook. Sony Michel was 12th in rushing last season with 845 yards, Gaskin was next at #22 with 612 yards. This is why when you look at our team, and try to figure out who’s going to do what, besides the numerous questions about the O-line, the runni9ng backs are really the next biggest question. On defense, we couldn’t be any more set, everyone has their place. At WR, and even TE, we know who who the top 3 WR’s are, and we know the top 3 TE’s. Will the O-line stay with Terron Armstead at LT, Liam Eichenberg at LG, Connor Williams at C, Robert Hunt at RG and Austin Jackson at RT? Will we just play the hot hand at RB each week or will we rotate backs so often there will never really be a top back?

I wouldn’t say I’m concerned about run game, much of that will actually depend on the aforementioned O-line and its success in our new outside zone blocking scheme, which employs lots of movement, and a lot of choreographed movements, so guys need to be where they’re supposed to be or else! I know a lot fo us were hoping for a top tier RB in this year’s draft and oddly enough it was the Jets who ending up getting one of the best RB’s in the draft in Breece Hall. Instead, we traded for one of the most dynamic WR’s in the NFL, and in turn settled for a collection of decent running backs, not one 1000 yard back (which in a 16 or 17 game season isn’t all that impressive anyway). I think the depth chart at RB will constantly morph as players get banged up and considering Sony Michel is really the closest player to a bellcow back, I’d guess he’ll get the most carries, but not necessarily the most touches. A short passing game with RB’s is essentially the same as a running game and something Tua excels at since he delivers a quick, accurate ball. I think Mostert and Edmonds may catch more passes than they have carries while Michel will lead the rushing attack. I’d love to see Zaquandre White make the team because there’s nothing like a hungry young back that runs with ferocity. Training Camp is just a few days away, so we may just get some idea about what’s happening with our RB’s, or we may have to wait until preseason or later. It’s going to be fun to watch no matter what.



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570 Responses to A look at our Running Backs

  1. Rockphin says:

    Hunter Long had a strong day
    Long put up a solid performance on Thursday, bringing in a few passes for chunk plays. If he continues to be a factor in the passing and running games, the second-year tight end could allow the Dolphins to move on from a player like Adam Shaheen who has been a depth piece at the position.

  2. Rockphin says:

    I guess we are not the only ones with Chicken Littles running around. I just read a headline that Carson Wentz threw six straight incompletions in practice today. DOOMED they are DOOMED LOL

    • Ken says:

      Wentz has more to prove than Tua. 3rd team in 3 years. He is one last chance away from being permanent backup/out of the league

  3. mf13ss says:

    Rockphin says:
    July 28, 2022 at 11:27 am
    The Buc’s starting center was carted off the field this morning with a knee injury.

    Dolphins better get JC Tretter on the phone now just in case.
    Yes, that is worrisome and a great point, Rockphin. GM M13 would have already signed Tretter like many others here would have.

  4. naplesfan2010 says:

    So McDaniel is not going to use the perfectly good “Godsey Morse Code to QB coach then carrier pigeon to Tua” system that we used to dazzle the defenses last year?
    Sh’ man, Tua already put in hours learning that one with excellent results in yards gained per game.

  5. Rockphin says:

    — Through the first set of team drill (when he had only one pass attempt) and that 6-on-9 passing period, Tua Tagovailoa was having himself a really good practice, but things went south a bit during that final, extended set of 11-on-11 plays. Tagovailoa ended up 5-for-9 in 11-on-11 drills with a long completion of about 45 yards to Tyreek Hill, though Hill had to slow down to catch the underthrown ball. Worse, there were two dropped interceptions against Tua, one by Brandon Jones and one by Nik Needham. On the Needham play, the cornerback was playing outside and undercut Preston Williams on a deep slant. Tua’s best pass came on a deep slant to rookie Braylon Sanders for about a 20-yard gain.


    • naplesfan2010 says:

      no mercy for Tua while he is calibrating his arm to his new receiver Hill, er Wilson, er Ezukanma, er Sherfeld, er Mostert, er Edmonds, er Ingold, er Sanu, errrr …
      No mercy while he learns the Daboll offense, er Sarkisian offense, er Gailey T Rex offense er Godsey / Studeville pseudoffense and now the McDaniel/Smith offense?

  6. Rockphin says:


  7. mf13ss says:

    Tim Knight says:
    July 28, 2022 at 2:34 pm
    Why is Tretter still available?
    I assume because he’s a seasoned vet and also NFL union president. Nevertheless, I’m curious as to WHY he isn’t currently signed, now that TC is underway.

    Good question, Tim.

  8. stangerx says:

    “Our job is to maximize the athlete at his craft. So my personal philosophy, the one that we’re imploring here, is that we have full speed, effort and intensity on all the plays in practice … it’s built towards there’s no such thing as just going through the motions. When we practice, we want to practice with an intent and a purpose and a speed and veracity that separates ourselves from the rest of the league.”

    — Mike McDaniel

  9. mf13ss says:


    I get it… you don’t like religion. Same thing happened to my father (I’ve told ya this before), being he was raised as a Catholic. I’ve never seen folks run from religion faster than those who were raised Catholic, truly.

    Look, not every facet of religion can be judged by your Catholic experience. In fact, many don’t even consider Catholicism to be Christianity at all, rather pagan in nature (pray to the human virgin Mary, confess to a human, and trust in the human Pope). I get it.

    Bro, that’s akin to one bad experience with another race, and blaming that entire race for your rationale.

    You seem to have a deep-seated hatred of religion, based on your sole experience: that’s being very judgemental of religion in general.

    I say FRY the MFers who are child molesters! There is no good that can come from child molesters, Bro.

    Listen to Shock G. In the first verse, he had somebody intentionally talk smack, then Shock G sets him straight when he comes on in the second verse… it’s worth a listen!

    • Tim Knight says:

      I said faux religions and liberal agendas meaning, evil people who hide behind their religion and do the opposite of what they preach, and the liberal communities like Hollywood who do the same thing. They paint themselves as being for all the right things and then abuse minors in evil ways. Have you ever seen some of the pedophilia rings that have been busted; some of them have been police, firemen, people in the medical field who are respected to protect and serve their communities yet they’re having sex with children. Then the coverups start. It’s evil!

      It’s not just Catholicism, it’s gone on in every religion because the so called trusted and respected people use it as a cloak. There are thousands of examples, it’s not just a few here and there. Back in the day when men felt they were above women and in some cases it’s still that way, beat their wives and some raped their daughters since they were kids. But the victims were afraid to speak up. And if there were rumors or evidence about it, they still didn’t get prosecuted because of intimidation. That evil behavior is starting to be exposed.

      Not sure why some people get all upset when religion gets called out, but are willing to go all out exposing people they disagree with. I see lots of stuff said here about this new left wing liberalism as being a sickness. They get totally broad brushed, but don’t want the same thing said about the side they align themselves with. Call it all out if it’s sick and evil.

      Obviously not every individual engages in the evil behavior, but when you start being honest about what is going on because you keep seeing it happen in certain sectors of society, it needs to be exposed. The problem is too many people try to squash the allegations in their specific sectors. That itself is evil.

      As for atheism being a religion like Phish said, that’s only if a bunch of people gather together to discuss their lack of belief in God and actively criticize and protest those who believe in God. I don’t do any of that. I just call out the hypocrisy as it happens. I do it here on a football blog because political and current events come up often. I don’t go stand in front of places of worship protesting entire congregations.

      An atheist is a person who doesn’t believe in a super natural force as in Gods who are responsible for life as we know it. That’s it. An agnostic is a person who is not convinced that Gods exist based on not enough proof, but won’t rule it out. That’s it. The only organization I’m aware of that forcibly doesn’t allow the worship of God are communist regimes. But there is a lot more involved than just the anti-religious aspect in that form of government. They take away individual freedoms in every aspect of life. It’s all for the good of the state usually lead by dictators. I’m not for that either and if you think about it, it’s the same kind of control religions use. You must abide and cannot question anything. Which to me is basically saying don’t think for yourself.

  10. steveccnv says:

    but things went south a bit during that final, extended set of 11-on-11 plays. Tagovailoa ended up 5-for-9 in 11-on-11 drills with a long completion of about 45 yards to Tyreek Hill,

    Marino typically was about 5 for 9 with a long completion

    Depending on when the incompletions occurred…otherwise I’ll take 5 of 9 with a 43 yard completion on any drive, typically meaning you’re in FG range, but I think we need more info on the situation

  11. steveccnv says:

    It might be too much for MM to call the plays, but I really don’t trust anyone else

    • stangerx says:

      From reports he really isn’t paying attention to the D much. So you might get your wish.

      • steveccnv says:

        Boyer seems to have the first opportunity to lead the D, if things don’t go so well changes may be made, but he should have every opportunity to do what he feels best

      • Tim Knight says:

        I think those are ridiculous reports. McDaniel talks all the time about both sides of the ball. He talked about what he saw on film with Melvin Ingram and how stats don’t tell the whole story. He was part of the reason why we signed him. He’s the Head Coach!!!

    • Tim Knight says:

      I don’t think calling plays is that big of a deal. It’s the design of an offense and defense and then practicing those concepts everyday. Then the players have to execute. Of course some guys call a better game than others, but all the coaches and players know the plays and when and why you would call specific plays. It’s not like drawing plays in the sand at that very moment. There is a lot of work and study and game planning that goes into it leading up to game day. Most play calling is about matchups, down and distance, scoreboard and the clock.

      • steveccnv says:

        Key point being some guys call a better game

        Some guys have a vision others just throw shit at the wall

      • Tim Knight says:

        I’m not sure throwing shit at the wall happens very often but some people are better than others in every aspect of life. My point was play calling is not this overly complicated thing. That’s why coaches have those laminated charts and QBs with plays on their wrist. It’s a reminder of what should we should call in this game situation.

        Down by 7 with no timeouts and :15 left in the game on the opponents 20 at 3rd and 9, are you calling a FB dive? LOL

  12. steveccnv says:

    Boyer to have full reign, but MM is still going to be watching and giving feedback

  13. mf13ss says:


    You and I concur 100% on what you’re talking about: CHILD MOLESTATION… as did Shock G.

    However, that doesn’t mean every single religious person is complicit in as much, Bro. I think ya need to pump your brakes on as much. Your prejudice is seeping through.

    • mf13ss says:

      And as it concerns CHILD TRAFFICKING, why is it that the answers aren’t forthcoming as to WHO was on Ghislaine Maxwell’s list of clientele?

      I’ll give ya a hint: the FBI, the CIA, former Presidents, high-profile politicians, and high-profile elites are ALL on that list.

      • mf13ss says:

        Most of them are atheistic/agnostic, for whatever it’s worth to you.

      • Tim Knight says:

        You just answered your own question. It has nothing to do with faith, it’s about money and power. Religion is money and power.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I made it clear many times that I’m not talking about every single religious person or anyone else in their other beliefs. That’s the part that keeps getting lost in what I say. I’m all for the freedom of any individual that believes in their God. Just don’t violate anyone else’s rights because of that. My prejudice is against deceit. Don’t make a deal with someone and then violate it with no conscience. It’s rather simple.

      • mf13ss says:

        Fair enough. Now research adrenochrome. It goes way back, to the days before Christ. Human sacrifice… especially children. Blood-drinking. Think about it…

  14. naplesfan2010 says:

    The Miami Dolphins swept the New England Patriots last year.
    … …
    Reports out of Foxboro are saying Devante Parker is by far their best WR and has already scorched their starting DBs for several TDs and multiple receptions. They’re saying he’s just what Jones needed.
    Wellllll now.
    If they can’t guard him, and remember, he was expendable to us, or to be blunt, couldn’t make the roster, how are they going to track down Hill? They already had huge trouble with Waddle by himself.
    And I do believe our DBs know how to guard Parker.
    The patsies couldn’t really stop our anemic offense at the end of last year.
    What if we throw a run game at them with RBs with the quicks, not just the Big Heart of Duke.
    I hope we get 34 points in the first game with them. And they get like … 10.

  15. naplesfan2010 says:

    The thing is, with McDaniel calling the plays, he’s never done it.
    That’s a downside you can’t ignore.
    Also he’s the HC (and a first time HC),
    so he has to be aware of everything going on all the time,
    which is why lots of HCs let someone else call the plays.
    Again this is a potential downside, because he’s never done that either.
    I think he’ll be great at it though, IMHO, but there hopefully will not be too steep of a learning curve, resulting in unnecessary losses early in the season.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Andy Reid was an OL coach and the first time he called plays was when he became the HC of the Eagles. He’s now revered as one of the best play callers on offense in the NFL.

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        He’s a good example, but I think McDaniel could actually turn out to be better.
        but Reid’s been a HC for a long time.
        Was he that good his first year?

  16. naplesfan2010 says:

    to the upside, McDaniel is a natural communicator and has been building rapport with Tua, even so far as going to his luau and talking a turn on stage.
    Also, he said he’s using walkie talkies with Tua and the QBs in lieu of the helmet mic, so that they can get used to hearing him that way in case he has some funny pronunciations or mannerisms to work through with them, according to him.
    And he is using the terminology he’ll be using and that’s it,
    instead of conversing with them like he could do, since they are standing right there.
    So he says.

  17. naplesfan2010 says:

    Now MF I was with you there for a while, but it is not a fact that most child abusers are atheist.
    It is a fact that most are religious figures to the young people, which is why the kids fall for it.
    Catholics and Baptists have had huge public revelations of child abuse by their clergy in recent years.
    Even in my church (a Methodist one) two youth pastors were convicted of having sex with minors, one a gay male with a boy and one a lesbian with a girl. This occurred over about a 10 year interval.

  18. Ken says:

    Some of the nicest most charitable people I know are atheist

    • Rockphin says:

      I do it (good things donate etc) for ultimately selfish reasons. Makes you feel better

    • Tim Knight says:

      That’s not possible, atheists are too busy indoctrinating people and telling them how they must be. They’re all communists, but all religious people are for the good of all as long as you abide by the doctrine. Hmm… yes! I see no similarities.

      Religions collect charity and people with good hearts donate to help people for all the right reasons. I’m sure it always goes to the right cause. SMH

  19. Tim Knight says:

    Naples, you always do something for the first time. 😉

  20. Tim Knight says:

    The good book believers enslaved people for hundreds of years but please don’t bring that up, it upsets me. Yeah it should. You were on the wrong side of humanity and history. You got to give more than an inch on these issues. I don’t want history erased and statues taken down, but try not to talk about it either. In other words pretend it didn’t or doesn’t happen. Are you being honest or harboring a viewpoint that can never change?

  21. Rockphin says:

    OMG! Seek help PLEASE! Q is not your savior. There is not a secret cabal of elite democrats kidnapping children to drain them of their blood!!! Oxidized adrenaline is not some magic source of immortality. I does NOT have any rejuvenation properties. It is also not “only available” from human adrenal glands. It is a chemical compound that is easily synthesized in the lab.

    PLEASE help yourself and YOU do some research from other sources than the dark web Qanon rabbit holes.

  22. Mike E. says:

    Eat ’em Q, eat ’em!!!

  23. naplesfan2010 says:

    soooo … which RBs make the 53 and will we be able to average 100 rush yds per game this year?

  24. Krishna says:

    When the Amoeba came out on D for the first time….I was like…wtf is that?! And lovedit and put it away in the first half of last year. Then, brought it back! Lol…wtf?!

  25. Mike E. says:


    This is just another big reason why the US shouldn’t be involved in trying to get Brittney Griner out of Russia. Is she more important than this guy, because she’s black, or because she’s gay, or because she plays in the pitiful WNBA? Of course not, but let’s make sure we get her back home, and fuck the other guy (s) who are still being held there.

    • Krishna says:

      Why the hate for Griner? You’re talking in circles and why wouldn’t you want our government to get involved and try and get any American out of that fucking country? Makes no sense…

      I read that entire article and thank you for educating me on this….it is just as “wrong” (cough, cough) what he did as Griner….

      Geez, loueez…

      • Mike E. says:

        Hate for Griner???? Why the fuck is she more important than this teacher? If you didn’t glean that as my point and mistook it for hate on Griner, that’s on YOU bud.

      • Krishna says:

        She’s NOT, but your view is she is…lol

      • Krishna says:

        And, that was my point…you have some kinda ax to grind….maybe I missed your point but the vitriol was palpable….lol

      • Krishna says:

        You must have missed “any” in my statement…lol

      • Krishna says:

        You stated our government should NOT get involved….FUCK THAT!

  26. Mike E. says:

    I’m about 85% done with “The Blade Itself”. Still don’t hate Ferro and I still have sympathy for Glokta. Not sure if you guys do this, try to imagine what characters look like and sometimes try to cast a movie star for that character (I’m sure you do this). I continue to imagine Minnie Driver as Ardee.

    • CavalierKong says:

      Has West gone to the North yet? The scene where West asks Glokta to look after Ardee and stuff between them comes to light, always gets me right in my feeling.

      • CavalierKong says:

        And I’ve been remiss in never mentioning how much I like West’s character. He’s great. Like I said before, Abercrombie has a knack for writing likeable characters.

    • CavalierKong says:

      I usually picture Ardee as smoking hot, so…not Minnie Driver…

      • Mike E. says:

        Abercrombie actually makes it seem as if Ardee is not smoking hot, merely sexy in a different looking way. He also says dark hair, dark eyes, somewhat voluptuous and I thought tall, but I might be mistaken about that.

      • Mike E. says:

        West just visited Glokta and told him to look after Ardee, and yes, that exchange made me feel a lot of sympathy for Glokta. West will shortly be shipping out to the North. Bayaz just took Glokta, Luthar and Logen to the Maker’s Tower.

      • CavalierKong says:

        I always saw Ardee written as smoking hot, but she’s not seen that way by their dumb society because she has ‘peasant’ attributes (dark hair and eyes, full figured instead of model skinny). Basically the blurb that Rock posted below.

      • CavalierKong says:

        And in my mind that exchange shows the driving force behind Glokta’s apathy and why he is uncaring towards the people he tortures. They are all worthless in his eyes, all fake people. He felt they abandoned him when he came home because he was no longer the golden god, even his best friend West.

        When he realizes West didn’t abandon him it opens him up to the feeling of something other than bitterness and betrayal, he still has that one friend who was always the better person and you see he is human and still capable of caring. That moment sealed Glokta as one of my favorites.

  27. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!!

  28. Rockphin says:

    Ardee is quite a beauty with long dark hair, slightly tanned skin, and dark-brown eyes tending towards black. She has a shapely figure – not skinny, but far from fat – and often wears a crooked smile on her face. Her appearance is not what would traditionally be considered the beauty ideals in the Union, but men tend to find her attractive nevertheless[1].

    Collum West is a good guy. Hard worker, achieved what he has through diligence not through birth . I like West a lot.

  29. steveccnv says:

    This date in history 1967

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