First 100 yard rusher of the season
Arguably the most disappointing aspect to the Miami Dolphins 2021 season has been the running game. The rotating stable of Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, and others has rarely been a threat, as the team had gone over 100 collective rushing yards four times. Miami hadn’t had an individual 100+ yard effort in 15 straight games.
That all changed against the Jets. Local legend Duke Johnson was the Dolphins’ featured back on Sunday, and looked to be exactly what Miami had been missing all season. He ran with purpose and ferocity, showing an ability to create the long gains that have been absent from the offense in 2021. Johnson would finish the game with 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns, giving the Dolphins their best running back performance of the season and ultimately leading the team to a much-needed victory.
A healthy running back stable should give Miami a solid amount of options down the stretch. In addition to the guys who started the season on the roster, newcomers Johnson and Phillip Lindsay have proven that they can contribute in needed areas. There are plenty of things that the Dolphins will have to clean up in the coming weeks if they hope to keep their season alive, but the running back situation could finally be taking shape.