They say you have to be lucky to be good. The 2013 Miami Dolphins had a wonderful offseason (in my opinion anyway, some disagree), but rumor is that another addition could come from good luck as a result of the Baltimore Ravens setting fullback Vonta Leach free. Despite having many suitors the word is that he will take his talents to South Beach.
The additions to the offense should propel the ‘Phins passing game to new levels, but the running game is in the uncertain hands of Lamar Miller and Mike Gillislee. I love the upside for both of these young men, but we would have to acknowledge they have 51 career NFL carries between them so there is still work to do to get these guys to their potential. The offensive line could be in flux so adding a veteran FB who has great blocking skills would be a great addition to this squad. Enter Leach (hopefully).
The veteran will be playing in his 10th NFL season, and he will turn 32 mid-season. The six-foot 250 pounder has played in well over 100 NFL games, starting over 70 of them. His skill set and his attitude would surely add some physical “nastiness” to Miami’s running game, and he could prove to be a better short-yardage option than Daniel Thomas or Jorvorskie Lane (not Leach’s strength, but DT and Lane have been underwhelming in short-yardage situations so we could see Leach get a chance to be that guy). Any concerns about Miami’s O-line being able to open holes and provide opportunities for their young high-upside RBs get somewhat squashed if Leach becomes a ‘Phin as he will be able to create holes like he has for guys like Steve Slaton, Arian Foster, and Ray Rice (they had 1000-yard+ seasons in four of his past five years combined with Leach as their main man).
We should know if Leach will wear a Dolphins uniform very soon, and my fingers are crossed.