Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Marcus Thigpen (34) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dophins' Thigpen Getting Slot Work

Marcus Thigpen is treading proverbial water this year.  His production in the return game has waned and he has been unable to find a position the field that suits him.  He hasn’t made much progress breaking into the RB position and last years small attempt to make him a slot receiver was abandoned before Thigpen could really learn the position.  This year, it appears he is getting his work in.

The Dolphins lined up Thigpen exclusively in the slot at today’s OTA’s.  Thigpen missed OTA’s last week with a back injury.  While he wants to eventually return to the backfield, his best chance to make the roster may rest in the slot of a very crowded WR group.

The Dolphins added some WR help this off-season when they drafted LSU slot WR Jarvis Landry in the 2nd round.   Landry has great hands but is slow.  Thigpen however has solid hands and can be quick in short bursts.  While Landry is in no danger of losing his roster position to Thigpen, others are.  Armon Binns is returning from an injured reserve designation after a knee injury.  Brandon Gibson returns from an IR Achilles injury and Damian Williams is a free agent from Tennessee who can play inside and out.

Thigpen could really help his case with a solid training camp and if he can make the team as a slot WR he could become the outlet receiver for Ryan Tannehill, but he has to show a grasp of the Bill Lazor offense.  His time is running out as he facing for the first time real competition at both WR, RB, and on special teams where he will be challenged for return duties.  This could be Thigpen’s last chance to impress his coaches…and the fans.  Thigpen can be an explosive playmaker, he has shown that and he possesses the ability to become a very good slot wide receiver but he has to show more consistency across the entire field.

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