Brian Flores: Will Fuller, Jaylen Waddle can help run game a lot

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The Dolphins averaged 3.9 yards per rush during the 2020 season and some thought they’d try to improve that area of the team by drafting a running back.

Miami didn’t do that until the seventh round, but head coach Brian Flores thinks an earlier pick will have a positive impact on the run game. The Dolphins drafted wide receiver Jaylen Waddle with the sixth overall pick and Flores said that the speed he and free agent signing Will Fuller bring to the offense will open things up on the ground.

“I think it [helps] a lot,” Flores said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “I think if you’ve got guys who can run on the perimeter, if you load the box, there’s more opportunity for 1-on-1 matchups and opportunities downfield. Defenses have to make that decision when you have those types of players on the field and again, if you don’t load the box and you play for those big plays, then there’s less people in the box and less people to block and I think it really becomes kind of a numbers math game. If you get those guys blocked, there’s more space to run.”

The Dolphins did add Malcolm Brown to the backfield in free agency while the offensive line now includes center Matt Skura, D.J. Fluker, and second-round pick Liam Eichenberg, so they have taken other steps to address the running offense. There are other free agent running back options available in the event the Dolphins think they provide an upgrade to what’s on hand.

11 responses to “Brian Flores: Will Fuller, Jaylen Waddle can help run game a lot

  1. This roster is going to be stacked 2023-2027.

    The WR group is immensely talented top to bottom,right now but they need to stay on the field.

  2. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    May 4, 2021 at 12:24 pm
    First, you have to HAVE a running game though….


    More like LAST you have to add the running game. I’d rather pay my OL and draft beef than ever pay a RB a second contract and wonder how I’m going to move him before the ink dries.

    I’d rather follow the trend of recent Super Bowl winners than your capital letters.

  3. If check down Tua doesnt throw more than 10 yards down the field kind of hard to stretch the D.

  4. Looks to me like the Phins are playing the long game. This is about lining things up for years to come.

  5. Well passing to set up the run is what the New England Patriots did for one, two or three of their Super Bowl wins. They used two tight ends a lot. Moreover Brian Flores was with the Patriots as a coach. He’s seen how passing to set up the run works. One thing an offense needs is smaller very quick receivers for time of possession and keeping the other team’s offense off the field. Brian knows exactly what he’s doing and in Brian Flores fans should trust!

  6. Flo & Chris have made some nice moves. Fins looking good & winning more with this regime. A solid corps of WR’s, a solid OL. The running game will come. This was once a priority, in the 70’s, a running game first. Not any longer. Teams with no O-Lines spend millions on top RB’s only to come up empty.

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