Miami Dolphins: The biggest disappointments so far in 2022

Chase Edmonds Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
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Chase Edmonds Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports /

Miami Dolphins most disappointing players

Chase Edmonds

It was assumed that Chase Edmonds would be the leader in rushing attempts for the Dolphins in 2022, and he had a chance to through the first three games as he split carries with Raheem Mostert. But his usage has fallen off of a cliff since, as Edmonds has just 6 carries over the last two contests. In fact, Myles Gaskin, who hadn’t taken an offensive snap in 2022 before Sunday, had four carries in relief of Mostert while Edmonds was handed the ball just once.

The coaching staff certainly knows more than the fans do, but it is easy to see Edmond’s deficiencies, especially with his drops in the passing game. He is owed $5.5 million this year, nearly as much as the rest of the running back room combined.

Nik Needham

Nik Needham can be considered a disappointment on the season, but it may not be entirely his fault. The undrafted free agent has spent the early seasons of his career as a third or fourth cornerback behind Xavien Howard, Byron Jones and others, and has been effective in his role with the Dolphins. But he has been thrust into an important starting role in 2022, and he has struggled covering some of the opponent’s primary targets.

The secondary has had its struggles so far this season, so it isn’t only Needham that is at fault for the opponent’s passing game. But without Howard and Jones, Needham is one of the familiar names on the depth chart, and we’ve come to expect more out of him than he has given us through 5 games.