Miami Dolphins: Myles Gaskin activated as running backs suddenly getting healthy

Hal Habib
Palm Beach Post
Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin stiff-arms Jets end John Franklin-Myers.

It was only two weekends ago that the Dolphins were forced to start a running back who had been on the team for less than six weeks. The most accomplished rusher in uniform was their backup quarterback.

Now look.

The Dolphins activated leading rusher Myles Gaskin off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, meaning they could have Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Matt Breida available for Saturday’s game at the Las Vegas Raiders.

This, after rushing for a season-high 250 yards against the New England Patriots last weekend.

Despite missing six games this season, Gaskin leads the team in rushing with 477 yards. He missed four games while on injured reserve with a knee problem, had 90 yards against Cincinnati, then landed on the COVID-19 list, for players who test positive or have been exposed to someone who has.

The Dolphins’ depth at running back has been stretched to the limit as the team ranks 22nd in the NFL in rushing at 106.3 yards per game.

Ahmed returned from a shoulder injury to run 23 times for 122 yards (5.3 average) and a touchdown against the Patriots.

The Dolphins started three rookies on the offensive line and six rookies on offense.

“I think that we prepare well,” rookie tackle Rob Hunt said. “We don’t look at ourselves as — rookies, that’s what we are, but we’ve got to prepare. We’ve got a job to do. We try to execute that job because all of us are trying to help this team win.”

Breida also had his best day of the season, rushing 12 times for 86 yards. Breida averaged 7.2 per carry, using his speed to beat defenders to the edge.

“I’m not really worrying about one guy on a particular play,” Breida said. “I just worry about executing the play and using my ability. If I can’t get to the edge, then good. If not, then I’ll run up the middle.”

The Dolphins averaged 6.0 yards per carry.

“I feel like a lot of our guys can make something happen,” Hunt said. “Once you see them run past you — no matter if it’s Breida, Gaskin or Ahmed, I always throw my hands up because I think it’s a touchdown. Whoever it is, I enjoy seeing them run past the second level. When I’m making a block, or we’re making a block, on the second level and you see them run past, that just brings joy to the linemen.”

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