The Miami Dolphins struggled to run the football last season and much of the blame was placed upon the offensive line. But it should also be placed upon third-year running back Daniel Thomas, who was seen as Miami’s “power” runner.
Thomas struggled to run the football effectively last season, rushing for 406 yards on 109 carries (3.7 avg) and four touchdowns. After being selected in the second round from Kansas State, Thomas has struggled to become the back Miami thought they were drafting when they traded up for the 6-foot-1, 235-pounder. Thomas’ career yard-per-carry average is quite low at 3.6, and he has never ran for more than 600 yards in a season.
Thomas was paired with second-year running back Lamar Miller last season, who will remain the team’s top runner in 2014 even after the team signed former Denver Broncos runner Knowshon Moreno. Thomas will battle Moreno during training camp for the team’s No. 2 back duties, that is when Moreno returns from arthroscopic knee surgery.
Thomas has struggled as a blocker during his tenure with Miami and has had little to no impact through the air as a receiver collecting just 42 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in three seasons with the team.
Thomas’ chances of making the team are much higher than they were before Moreno underwent knee surgery, though. While Moreno is rehabbing, Thomas will be working behind Miller with fellow running backs Marcus Thigpen and Mike Gillislee for the backup duties. Thomas should have no issue winning that battle.
Look for Thomas to remain a part of the Miami 53-man roster for one final season before the team decides on his future with the squad. The 2014 season is Thomas’ last chance to make an impact for Miami.