Miami Dolphins: Marcus Thigpen Has Become Quite the Return Man

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IOctober 31, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 07:   Running back Marcus Thigpen, #34 of the Miami Dolphins, rushes the ball as Safety Jeromy Miles, #45 of the Cincinnati Bengals, is blocked by RJ Stanford #25 and Jimmy Wilson #27 of the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Dolpins won, 17-13. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
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A 72-yard punt return touchdown in Week 1 was Marcus Thigpen's crude and loud introduction to the NFL. A transfer over from the CFL for his return-capabilities, not much was expected from him when the Miami Dolphins signed him in the off-season.

But since then, Thigpen has been an incredible dependable return-man for the Dolphins. Averaging 28.6 yards per kick return and 14.3 yards per punt return, Thigpen consistently puts the Miami offense in solid field position, which time and time again, the Dolphins have converted.

Last week against the New York Jets, Thigpen took a Nick Folk kick 57 yards, which set up a Dolphins touchdown in their 30-9 beat-down of the Jets.

Ever since the departure of Tedd Gin Jr., Cam Cameron's prized first round draft pick, Miami has not had an explosiveness in their kick and punt returns. Thigpen was brought in entirely for his ability to return and it has shown to be a fruitful investment for the Dolphins.

Thigpen now joins Cameron Wake as two of the Miami front office's priced signings from the CFL that have more than paid off once transferring to the NFL. It leaves fans to questions what other undrafted talent is waiting to primed from the rosters of the NFL's unheard of and Canadian cousin.

While Thigpen continues to wreck havoc along with Miami's drastically improving second teams which were showcased against the Jets, his role as a Dolphins will definitely be spotlighted as the Dolphins attempt to move from a "rebuilding" organization to a contender for one of the AFC's playoff spots this year.