Miami Dolphins: Should Daniel Thomas Be the Backup Running Back?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IAugust 25, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 24: Daniel Thomas #33 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during a preseason game on August 24, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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While the Miami offense failed to catch fire against the Atlanta Falcons in Friday’s preseason matchup, Daniel Thomas remained one of the few positive aspects of the game.

The second year back out of Kansas State had been under-performing throughout the first few weeks of training camp and looked completely off his game in the first two preseason games.

That changed against the Falcons. While Ryan Tannehill had a game of ups and downs, Thomas showed up to play. The back notched 29 yards on six carries and looked better than he has all offseason.

While Thomas battles rookie Lamar Miller—who had five carries for 16 yards against the Falcons—for the backup position to Reggie Bush, there is a lot the Dolphins organization needs to think about.

Bush is a running back that can be magical once he creates space for himself. His quickness allows him to burst through opposing defenses for large gains. Criticism of his game has focused on his ability to run between the tackles and the linebackers on dive and draw plays. He is a speed back, not a bruiser.

While Miami thinks of who they want as a secondary option at the running back, the type of offensive weapon Bush presents should definitely be taken into account.

Miller is relatively similar to Bush. His potential is immense, but he does not necessarily present a change of speed for the Miami offense.

Thomas is a bruiser. He fights his way for tough yards and has made a career out of it. He can be incredibly useful for goal line carries and pushing the ball into the end zone. He brings a different aspect to the table for the Dolphins.

By all means, Bush has the capabilities to carry the ball in the red zone; but Thomas might just be an option that Miami should keep in mind.