At a time when the Dolphins are realizing that no amount of willpower can make Reggie Bush anything other than, well, Reggie Bush, the team landed on waivers a guy who has, when given the chance, played better than Reggie Bush ever has.
The Dolphins have been awarded former Texans running back Steve Slaton on waivers, the team has announced. To create a roster spot for Slaton, the Dolphins waived defensive end Ryan Baker.
Bush has gained 69 yards on 27 carries in three games, for a career-low average of 2.6 yards per carry. On Sunday at Cleveland, Bush gained 13 yards on 10 attempts. He also has 11 catches for 71 yards.
As a rookie in 2008 with the Texans (who passed on Bush in 2006), Slaton rushed for 1,282 yards. He added another 377 on 50 receptions, giving him more than 1,600 yards from scrimmage.
Seven fumbles in 2009 got him benched. He thereafter was used sparingly until he was cut on Tuesday.
Though it would be shocking for the Dolphins to dump Bush, don’t be surprised if they give Slaton an opportunity to chew into Reggie’s touches.
With their 0-3 record, the Dolphins were fairly high on the pecking order for waivers claims. It’s unknown whether any other teams attempted to secure Slaton’s contract.