Job Battles: New Dolphins Backfield Duo

Job Battles: New Dolphins Backfield Duo

This article is part of our Job Battles series.

This Job Battles article will look at the Miami running backs, and the Cleveland wide receivers behind Odell Beckham/Jarvis Landry.


Miami Running Backs

Jordan Howard (96.71 NFFC, 93.18 BB10)
Matt Breida (99.79 NFFC, 103.49 BB10)
Patrick Laird (294.57 NFFC, N/A BB10)
Myles Gaskin
Kalen Ballage

The Dolphins rushing attack was uniquely bad in 2019, displaying awful efficiency (3.3 YPC) despite offering next to nothing in the way of volume (1,156 yards, last in the league). A ground game this historically bad was bound to improve by meaningless variance if nothing else, but the Dolphins took additional measures to make sure they get a better return in 2020. They almost certainly will.

Not only did they add Jordan Howard in free agency, but the Dolphins sent a fifth-round pick to the 49ers in exchange for Matt Breida, giving the team a pretty obvious thunder/lightning combo, with Howard's work taking up more of the power running while Breida gets more of the hurry-up and pass-catching situations. Neither player is a world beater, but they're both serviceable, which is a huge improvement over the team's collection of talent in 2019. Howard can't threaten as a receiver and lacks elusiveness, but he falls forward and generates positive yardage at a reliable rate, which is illustrated by his career output of 4.3 yards per carry and 30 rushing touchdowns over 897 attempts. The Dolphins defense should be much improved in 2020, so the Dolphins might look to feature Howard during neutral

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