The Miami Dolphins are heading into the 2016 NFL season as major underdogs in the AFC East division. Adam Gase is taking over as the new head coach and strongly believes that he can get the once proud franchise back on track.
Ryan Tannehill saw Lamar Miller take a lot of pressure off of his shoulders last season. He was one of the most underrated running backs in the NFL. Unfortunately, Miller ended up leaving the Dolphins in free agency and signed with the Houston Texans, as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported.
Miami needed to find a new running back to keep their ground game relevant, and they were able to do so by signing veteran running back Arian Foster. Foster signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins, as ESPN reported.
Last season with the Texans, Foster suffered yet another injury that ended his season prematurely. He played in just four games, carrying the football 63 times for 163 yards and a touchdown. Foster also caught 22 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
Foster’s injuries have been noted very thoroughly over the past few seasons. There were quite a few teams that weren’t interested in signing Foster because of the fear that his injuries would follow him. Miami is taking a gamble on him that is well worth it.
Even though the injury concerns are legitimate, Foster will revitalize his career with the Dolphins.
There is no denying that Foster was one of the top running backs in the entire NFL when he was healthy. At one point, he was considered a superstar.
At 29-years-old, Foster is without question capable of turning things around with a fresh start. Perhaps making the move from Houston to Miami will rejuvenate Foster and will spark his work ethic once again. That is not saying that he wasn’t working hard in Houston, but it is a brand new beginning for him.
Gase runs an offense that fits Foster’s skill-set perfectly. Foster will be utilized often as a running back, but will put up big numbers as a receiver out of the backfield as well.
Tannehill isn’t the type of quarterback that will be launching deep balls every other pass. He takes what the defense gives him and is more than happy to dump down to his running back than force a pass down the field. Foster will excel in screen passes and as a check down option for his new quarterback, just like did during his years with the Texans.
Outside of Foster, the Dolphins simply don’t have a starting-caliber running back. Jay Ajayi was projected to be the starter before Foster was signed, which would have been a major problem for the Miami offense.
Looking ahead at the upcoming season, the Dolphins are hoping to see Foster return to superstar form. Even if he doesn’t return to that level, he will still put up enough production to make the signing worth it. It has been awhile since Foster was viewed as a dynamic playmaker in the backfield, but he will change that this season.
Expect to see the Dolphins get the old version of Foster that was a capable 1,000-yard running back. He may not hit that mark depending on how much work he receives. That being said, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Foster reach the 1,000-yard mark.
Caution is understandable and Foster may have a lot of critics, but his talent is still there and he will finally catch a break and show the NFL what he is capable of once again.
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