Backfield Breakdown: The Miami Dolphins

The Footballguys staff looks at how the Dolphins backfield will shake out

In a Backfield Breakdown, we will look at a team's running backs from all angles. Is there a bell-cow back on the roster? How about sleepers? What roles do we foresee from these backs?

Let's find out about the Dolphins right now.

When Ryan Fitzpatrick leads your team in rushing (with 243 yards...that's right...243), your rushing attack has issues. The Dolphins recognized this and addressed the running back position over the offseason heavily in free agency (signing Jordan Howard and Matt Breida) and slightly in the NFL Draft (taking Malcolm Perry in the seventh round). Sticking around from last year are Patrick Laird, Myles Gaskin, and Kalen Ballage.

Is this a two-man show in 2020? Can either Howard or Breida grab the lion's share of touches or will we often hear the dreaded phrase "we'll ride the hot hand" from the Miami coaching staff? Do you expect anything at all from Laird, Gaskin, or Ballage?

How does this backfield shake out in 2020?

Jeff Tefertiller

I am expecting Howard to dominate touches. He has been productive in two very different offenses on two teams and will be the bellcow. Breida has looked great in spurts but has battled injuries throughout his career.

Howard is still only 25 years of age and still has plenty of tread left on the tires. For those not remembering how good Howard has been, he has 3,895 rushing yards on 897 carries (4.3 average), with 30 touchdowns. He also has 82 receptions. In Philadelphia last year, Howard had 119 carries for 525 yards (4.4 average) and 6 touchdowns before going down to injury. He added 10 receptions.

Breida is also just 25 years old. I guess Miami has a type. One odd stat is that Howard has more career receptions (82) than Breida (67) even though some consider the latter the superior receiver.

As for the rest of the backs, none are viable options even if these two are injured.

Jeff Pasquino

I agree with Jeff that this is, without a doubt, a two-man backfield.

Miami is virtually a clean slate after the dearth of productivity last year. The Dolphins acquired both Jordan Howard and Matt Breida this off-season, and it is highly likely that both will be utilized significantly and get the vast majority of the running back work in Miami this season. The questions left to answer are the splits of the snaps and opportunities for both veterans.

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