Sep 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Marcus Thigpen (34) carries the ball beside New Orleans Saints defensive back Rafael Bush (25) in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Thigpen: The Darren Sproles Look-Alike


There are many aspects in Sunday’s loss against the New Orleans Saints to take in and learn from, and one of the moments the Miami Dolphins should study, is the 50-yard reception by Marcus Thigpen in the second quarter.

Thigpen, a second-year back, has been extremely valuable on special teams, and at times, in trickery formations, but he can become even more of a prominent player if the Dolphins use him similar to how Darren Sproles is used with the Saints.

Sproles makes a living off of the dump passes from Brees, and if the Dolphins decide to read into that scheme, Thigpen has the speed to bring production every Sunday.

Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill is on pace for 72 sacks this season, and in order for the Dolphins to prevent blows to Tannehill, they should really look into those quick passes to Thigpen more frequently. The 5-foot-9 weapon could bring long-yardage plays, and can be a second option coming out of the backfield.

Thigpen has been used rarely in Miami’s schemes, and it’s evident he can shoot out of the backfield and gain a ton of yards. The Dolphins should insert Thigpen alongside starting running back Lamar Miller to present conflicts to defenses in coverage situations.

The Ravens present an aggressive defense, and if Thigpen is used similar to Sproles, the Dolphins could gain a ton of leverage on Sunday, and subsequently, for the rest of the season.

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  • Humberto Silva Jr.

    This^ is actually a very good idea I don’t know why he isn’t used as much because he really could be a darren sproles type player

    • Mark Loiselle

      He’s basically their secret weapon.

  • henry

    He and Miller should touch the ball at least 25 times a game, any less and the OC should pay a team fine. Give Tannehill more 3,5,&7 step drops all mixed up and mix up the snap counts and the sackz
    S would drop dramatically. Put Tannehill on deep roll outs with Thigpen and Wallace burning deep and Miami would have some serious weapons actually involved.

    • Mark Loiselle

      Despite a few deep balls, Brees just beat the Dolphins on short-yard passes that turned into long-yardage gains. Tannehill has the touch to make those throws. The yards after catch statistic would be their strength on offense.

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  • gofins60

    Great idea, but Miami will never do it as long as Sherman is the OC. PLus, I don’t think that Ireland is ready to accept that trading up to draft Daniel Thomas was a mistake, so Thomas continues to take playing time away from another back like Thigpen.