Miami Dolphins: Daniel Thomas Proves His Passing Game Potential

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst INovember 16, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  Daniel Thomas #33 of the Miami Dolphins rushes during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Sun Life Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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When Reggie Bush was benched for a fumble in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans, Daniel Thomas was ready to take the reigns of the offense.

As Miami went to the air to combat the growing deficit created by a Titans squad determined to transform their season after a dreadful outing against the Chicago Bears last weekend, Thomas came to the realization that carries were not going to come in bunches throughout the afternoon. Against the Buffalo Bills he had 12 carries and 33 yards.

And he joined the passing game. Throughout the afternoon, Thomas picked up five receptions, the second highest on the team, producing a total of 34 yards on the catches. He was targeted six times and hauled in most of the them, an indicator to Coach Joe Philbin that he does, in fact, have the necessary skills to take over for Reggie Bush.

Bush, being in his contract year, has drawn a lot of criticism, particularly for his lack of production this season. Thomas, who has taken over the bruiser role in the past few weeks, has been more productive by comparison as the former Kansas State star continues to demonstrate his ability to take over the role of starting running back next season.

And now, with his clear ability in the passing game, Thomas has only further demonstrated his worth by proving to be effective on all aspects of offensive.

The only criticism surrounding Thomas is his lack of elusiveness in comparison to Bush. Reggie Bush has long been labeled for his athleticism and explosiveness, all of which can be equated to what analysts refer to as his "big play potential."

And Thomas does not necessarily have that. He can fight his way into the end zone and past the first-down marker, but he does not have that burst of speed like Bush.

But, as proven this weekend, he definitely can catch—only complicating the situation all the more.