The Miami Dolphins traded for a solid running back in Jeff Wilson Jr. who needs to not just play but play a lot.
I’m not going to lie. After the Miami Dolphins traded for Bradley Chubb and I saw that they through in Chase Edmonds like he was a free bowl of soup with a haircut, I was really hoping they were going to trade for Kareem Hunt. It didn’t happen but the brass in Miami went out and got a familiar running back for Mike McDaniel proving yet again that the San Francisco pipeline is an often-traveled one.
His name isn’t Kareem Hunt but he does the same kind of things that Hunt does, which are the kind of things I want the back opposite of Raheem Mostert to do. Jeff Wilson Jr. runs, predominantly, in between the tackles. He can pick up tough yards instead of asking smaller backs that the Dolphins usually attract to do it. Wilson Jr. has racked up 468 yards on 92 carries this year which goes for an impressive 5.1 yards per carry.
JWJ can also, on occasion, catch passes. He isn’t as prolific as others sporting only 10 catches for 91 yards this year, but he’s capable. I have to say that isn’t as big of a deal as I did before the season started since the only guys who see the ball through the air are named Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
Mike McDaniel has already said that both Bradley Chubb and Jeff Wilson Jr. are going to play but due to Wilson Jr.’s knowledge of the offense, I see no reason why he can’t get about 8+ carries. Mostert can’t do it by himself. Treat Jeff Wilson Jr. like Ryback and feed him more. Don’t do the thing where you don’t see him until five minutes left in the 2nd quarter and we all go”oh there he is.” Treat him as if he’s been there the whole time.