The Dolphins are not necessarily “deep” at the running back position but they are also not depleted. Gerrid Doaks will have to be impressive.
The 7th round draft pick will come to Miami with the hopes of making a push for the roster but he faces a lot of competition and more experience on the side of other players.
Doaks will not be competing directly with Malcolm Brown or Myles Gaskin and I would venture a guess that Salvon Ahmed, who not a lock for the roster, will still be far ahead of Doaks. The question becomes, can he make this team?
Doaks will have to beat out Patrick Laird and Jordan Scarlett while also holding off Malcolm Perry. Perry himself will be fighting a battle of his own against fellow utility player Lynn Bowden, Jr. The Dolphins will likely carry four running backs, maybe five at the most and that is a problem for Doaks. There just isn’t enough room.
Doaks isn’t a speedy runner and isn’t overly elusive. He is a power back and that works well in his favor because the Dolphins don’t really have that type of runner on the roster. Still, without being a back that can really help the running game as an every-down runner and not a relatively clean pass-catcher out of the backfield, Doaks will have to impress within the short-yardage game.
There is a lot to like about Doaks and his ability to break tackles is good but there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of room for him this year on the roster and that makes him more of an option for the practice squad this year.