Miami Dolphins training camp: Runningbacks


The Miami Dolphins will return to practice tomorrow, Tuesday, after having Monday off. The last time the Dolphins were on the practice field they were on day two of padded full contact practice. As training camp continues to roll on, there will be players who will rise and those who will fall.

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We take a look this time around at the running backs.

Lamar Miller

Miller has looked solid through four practices thus far. He has shown the same commitment in getting to the line of scrimmage quickly that he did last season. Miller is far and away the number one runner on the team and the management have already began speaking to him about a contract extension. Miller still needs to work on his receiving skills. While he has gotten better it’s still one of the weaker elements of his game but through the first days so far Miller is starting to show he can be reliable out of the back-field in the passing game. He just needs to get more consistent.

Jay Ajayi

The Dolphins have to love what they saw from Ajayi during Sunday’s practice. Ajayi was money in the red-zone and handled rushing the ball and catching the ball well. The Dolphins are still a little cautious with his knee but there hasn’t been a signs of an issue so far. Ajayi had shown that he can be explosive and even with a top defensive front standing in his way, Ajayi has done well to attack the running lanes.

Damien Williams

There is a reason that Williams is still on the roster, he is good. He may not be ready for full time starting duties but he will give the Dolphins another back to work with throughout the season. Williams has demonstrated so far his ability to attack the holes and catch out of the back-field but blocking needs a little work. In fact all the running backs could use some extra work picking up blocks.

LaMichael James

Prior to the start of camp I said that James had a good shot at making the team due to his ability to return kicks. So far James is making a case for running the ball as well. James has been very fluid in his first full off-season with the Dolphins and he is running with strong conviction.

Mike Gillislee

So far I have not heard his name mentioned all that much and it’s likely to remain that way given the competition between Ajayi, Williams, and James. Gillislee is simply the odd man out here.