RB Patrick Laird - Miami Dolphins

6-0, 205Born: 8-17-1995College: CaliforniaDrafted: ---

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 at NE 60 11 21 0 5 4.0 48 0 0 6.9

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

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Patrick Laird's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 17 vs NE (11 / 21 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

The running back position has been a giant black hole for the Dolphins this season. Players have been traded, injured, and suspended to get all the way to Laird. He finished this week with under 2 yards per carry and did not come anywhere close to the end zone. The Dolphins went out and signed Samaje Perine from the Bengal's practice squad because they did not trust Laird. He was given 11 carries and Perine still got 5 despite being with the team for less than a week. Laird's longest run went for 4 yards and he just did not look effective this week. He made a little more noise in the passing game and finished 4th on the team this week in receiving yards. Laird caught 4 of his 5 targets for almost 50 yards and his longest was a 20-yard catch and run down the sideline. Laird most likely does not figure into the long term plans for the Dolphins but they needed to start someone down the stretch.

2019 Week 16 vs CIN (8 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

The Dolphins have no idea what they are doing at the running back position. After starting last week, Laird was passed over for Gaskin this week. Laird had just 8 carries to 16 for Gaskin. His longest run went for 7 yards and the Dolphins failed to rush for 100 yards as a team this week. Laird does his best work catching the ball out of the back field but only had a single target for 1-yard this week. It looks like Gaskin will take lead duties again next week and Laird will have to settle for the back up role again to close out the season.

2019 Week 15 vs NYG (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

It is hard for any running back to succeed in this offense. The line does not open many big holes and opposing defenses do not respect anyone in the passing game outside of DeVante Parker. Laird got his chance this week to be the lead back and put up some disappointing numbers. He led the team in rushing attempts and yards but averaged just 3.8 yards per carry. Most of his value was to come from catching the ball out of the back field but he only managed to make 2 receptions on 5 targets. He just did not seem to be on the same page as Fitzpatrick and there was no rhythm in the Dolphins offense. Laird suffered an embarrassing tackle for loss and a safety in the 3rd quarter and just could not get any blocking in front of him all day. He was a fun sleeper pick coming into this week, but it is just too hard for any running back to get something going in that offense right now.

2019 Week 14 vs NYJ (15 / 48 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Kalen Ballage did not play this week and it was Laird that led the back field. His only competition was Myles Gaskin and his 1.3 yards per carry average was not enough to infringe upon touches for Laird. Laird finished second on the team in rushing behind Fitzpatrick and his 65 yards rushing. Laird had double the carries but could not do anything with them outside of a single 16-yard burst off the edge. He chipped in 4 catches on 5 targets for 38 yards and the longest catch going for 21 yards on an underneath route. The Dolphins really missed any of their bigger backs this week as Laird was unable to punch it in when they were in goal to go situations. On the first drive of the game he was given a first ang goal carry from the 8-yard line and was stopped for a 2-yard loss. Laird will continue to lead the back field but will need to break a long run or score through the air if he wants a realistic shot at a touchdown.

2019 Week 13 vs PHI (10 / 5 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)

The overall box score may look abysmal for Laird, but he had a very productive game after taking over for the injured Ballage. He also came up big when it mattered most and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the 4th quarter. After big pass plays to Gesicki and Parker, it was Laird who punched it in from 4 yards out. It was a pure power run up the middle that he was able to punch in for the score. He then caught the 2-point conversion pass on the very next play from Fitzpatrick. He may have only averaged .5 yards per carry, but he played an important role in the 4th quarter and led the team In carries by a wide margin. Myles Gaskin is the only other competition for carries right now and it should be Laird the rest of the way leading the back field.


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