Dolphins' running back reveals just how much Miami's 2021 playbook has changed
"Much different," Gaskin said, on the first day of Phase Two of Miami's offseason program, attended by more than 70 players.
Gaskin later said he and his teammates are focused on soaking in "a whole new playbook" installed by new co-offensive coordinators George Godsey and Eric Studesville.
“Surprised with some things, excited for some things,” Gaskin said.
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Miami's tight ends and running backs coaches were promoted following the departure of veteran Chan Gailey.
The Dolphins finished 15th in the NFL in points and 22nd in yards last season. The Dolphins hadn't ranked that high in points per game since 2014.
But Miami needs to improve its rushing game and expand its diversity of attack, including finding ways to create more downfield passing plays.
Some also felt Gailey could have or should have used more varied tempos, formations and motions and shifts, as well as run-pass option.
It's possible Godsey and Studesville will combine some elements borrowing from the Texans, Broncos and the University of Alabama.
The Dolphins did not draft a running back before the seventh round. And they did not spend big in free agency, instead adding Malcolm Brown from the Rams.
Gaskin didn’t have his head in the sand about calls for Miami to select a top running back. But he’s not going to get too excited about Miami’s seeming vote of confidence.
“You see the stuff on Instagram,” Gaskin said. “You get tagged on things on Instagram. I try my best to stay off of that, but I don’t find my confidence in what anybody else says, whatever it may be. I find my confidence in myself.”
Gaskin has a chance to keep his starting role in 2021.
"Whoever we bring in is going to be best for the team," Gaskin said. "I don’t think drafting a back or bringing in a back is going to change anything for me. I’m trying to compete with myself, make sure I’m the best running back I can be."
Only 10 running backs averaged more yards from scrimmage than Gaskin's 97.2 last season. He is a good pass-catcher, is shifty and tough for his size.
Gaskin said one key this season is to stay healthy, as he played only 10 games last season. Gaskin has done a ton of Pilates and has worked specifically to strengthen his knees and ankles.
Gaskin said he now has a better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses and no longer feels "wide-eyed."
On Monday, Gaskin spoke with confidence and composure.
As for why Gaskin wanted to report to the Dolphins for voluntary workouts, Gaskin said he wanted to get into the new playbook. But he also wanted to get back to his South Florida apartment.
"I was living in my parents house," Gaskin said. "It was cool and all until they want you to clean up the bathroom or something."