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Daniel Thomas: Rookie year was “very disappointing”

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Second-year tailback Daniel Thomas was the 62nd overall pick in last year’s draft. He struggled as a rookie, and the Dolphins switched coaching staffs, offenses, and blocking schemes during the offseason.

They also drafted Lamar Miller in the fourth round, and he’s considered a superior fit for coach Joe Philbin’s new zone-blocking system than Thomas.

I can’t worry about who they’re drafting,” Thomas told the Miami Herald. “I know I’ve gotten better. The injuries affected me a lot last year. They messed my mind up. I lost the confidence I had. I didn’t have the same burst I had earlier.”

Staying healthy is part of the battle, of course. Thomas averaged 3.52 yards per carry on 165 rushing attempts. He conceded the average was “very disappointing,” and believes he “can average 5.0 a carry in this league.”

Philbin previously mentioned pass protection as one of the primary areas in which Thomas needs to improve.

If Thomas doesn’t make significant strides in year two, it’s fair to wonder whether his roster spot might hang in the balance. Reggie Bush looks entrenched as the starter, Miller is pushing for the No. 2 job, and Steve Slaton would be a workable No. 3. H-back Charles Clay is a lock for the final roster.

Thomas might not be.

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15 Responses to “Daniel Thomas: Rookie year was “very disappointing””
  1. truthhurtstoo says: Jun 10, 2012 8:16 AM

    He had back-toback 100 yard games and looked good. Injuries and being a rook on a poorly coached team didn’t help.
    Have fun with Tony jests!

  2. markeyh says: Jun 10, 2012 8:25 AM

    Our RB situation is a nice problem to have….

  3. paleandpasty says: Jun 10, 2012 8:29 AM

    Clay is considered more of a tight end on the roster and thomas has a skill set that the others do not have because of his size. Slaton is the one fighting four the fourth back spot and might get cut if one of the undrafted rb’s step up on special teams.

  4. andymannfl says: Jun 10, 2012 8:50 AM

    He’ll make the team. He looked good early last year before the hamstring problems.

  5. crubenst says: Jun 10, 2012 9:01 AM

    No chance they cut him.

  6. samapoc says: Jun 10, 2012 10:03 AM

    Yo Daniel, Your FF owners are all more than well aware of how last season went. Get yourself together.

  7. bucingnasty says: Jun 10, 2012 10:21 AM

    this guy is a screaming bust…..the more hes on the sidelines the more hes not fumbling the ball.

  8. finfanfrommd says: Jun 10, 2012 11:58 AM

    The guy did not have that bad of a rookie season he’s going to be a good back…..think Dorsey Levens

  9. EJ says: Jun 10, 2012 12:06 PM

    Not worth the sixty-second-th pick. He has no toughness, that is why his YPC was low. Besides, he has fumble fever. Reggie Bush is locked as the starter, Steve Slaton will be running with the 2′s and Charles Clay will be the third H-back unless one of the undrafted rb’s show some promise. DT will be released before the end of training camp, so that he can catch on with another team.

  10. sikkcaden says: Jun 10, 2012 12:48 PM

    Did this EJ guy really say “sixty-second-th”?

    Evan, I’m nervous you don’t actually watch football/know what you’re talking about. Charles Clay plays the FB/TE position, Slaton has no future value, and Daniel Thomas showed a lot of promise last year.

    Not sure what Dan Marino did to wrong Mike Florio, but the amount this site seems to dislike Miami is mind boggling.

  11. dolphins1121 says: Jun 10, 2012 12:54 PM

    EJ says:
    Jun 10, 2012 12:06 PM

    Not worth the sixty-second-th pick. He has no toughness, that is why his YPC was low. Besides, he has fumble fever. Reggie Bush is locked as the starter, Steve Slaton will be running with the 2′s and Charles Clay will be the third H-back unless one of the undrafted rb’s show some promise. DT will be released before the end of training camp, so that he can catch on with another team.

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    You think Slaton is going to be #2 over Miller??? Haha, dude, just stop posting your “analysis” ok bud? You obviously have no clue…

  12. snopro17 says: Jun 10, 2012 12:58 PM

    He only had 2 fumbles all year on 165 carries and one was Matt Moore’s fault. He is a bruiser and played injured all year. He is a big back that falls forward and is need in short yard situations. Steve Slaton will be number four if not cut from the team. Clay is a fullback/tight end and Lamar Miller and Reggie Bush are going o be placed in the slot a lot of the times so we have more speed at receiver. When that does happen you’ll defenses back up and this hard nosed runner will break out long runs.

  13. tigerphins says: Jun 10, 2012 1:29 PM

    EJ says:
    Jun 10, 2012 12:06 PM
    “DT will be released before the end of training camp, so that he can catch on with another team.”
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    DT will NOT be released before the end of TC, nor any time this season for that matter. Ireland didn’t trade up into the 2nd round for an obviously talented but green running back just to cut him in year 2. That’s incredibly ridiculous.

    I’m also not sure why Evan Silva is stating Lamar Miller is a superior fit in Miami’s new zone blocking system when a zone system is ideal for a physical, patient, one-cut runner with good vision and burst like Thomas.

  14. stonedolphin89 says: Jun 10, 2012 3:32 PM

    Lest we forget, he led all rookie AFC RB’s in yardage. He also got healthy down the stretch, but Bush got hot and started breaking off 100 yard games and highlight reels like he was playing for USC again. Kinda hard to throw in the rookie when Reggie is flying off the handle.

  15. lswagga says: Aug 13, 2012 11:30 AM

    All of you are forgetting one person in this mix (LAMAR MILLER) he is a TD waiting to happen. He can score from any were on the field. He will take Reggie spot once he get hurt. And trust me its bound to happen.

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