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.