Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs the ball in the second quarter of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Gillislee May Answer Miami Dolphins Lackluster Running Game, Save Ryan Tannehill

With Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas scrapping for every single yard five games into the season, first-year running back Mike Gillette should at least get a consideration for repetitions.

Gillislee, a former Florida Gator, showed some promise as well as versatility all throughout the preseason, and subsequently, Miami’s running game has played a minor role in the offense thus far in the 2013 season.

The 2013 fifth-round pick should get an opportunity. Miller and Thomas as a whole have recorded a total of 282 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the season and averaging 69.6 yards per game which is 28th in the league.

That being said, the running game really has low expectations and applies way too much pressure on second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill to complete passes. The reasoning for the offensive struggles weighs on the shoulders of the running game. When the running game progresses, more opportunities to throw the ball will appear.

A little bit of Gillislee is what the Dolphins need. He is an explosive back out of the backfield — receiving and running the ball — and can run through the tackles with a decent amount of force.

If the Dolphins want to save their 3-2 stance from having a major decline, Gillislee will have to be placed in the backfield alongside Miller rather than Thomas. The third-year back doesn’t present a ton of upside for Joe Philbin and company — he’s been irrelevant so far in this campaign.

Gillislee not only presents a new style, but a change of scenery in the running game. Miami should focus on improving that part of the game rather than settling for average, and Gillislee could be the resolution.

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