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Dolphins to address NFL's worst rushing offense, but how?

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Ryan Fitzpatrick led the 2019 Miami Dolphins in rushing yards with 243. Let that stat sink in, along with the fact that Fitzpatrick is the Dolphins' quarterback, and the depths of Miami's running game woes become more clear.

The Dolphins will be active in pursuing upgrades at running back this offseason. Fixing the offensive line will help solve some problems, but so will adding reliable and effective backs.

"Running backs come in all different shapes and sizes," Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. "Chan [Gailey], he's done a really good job of fitting the scheme to the different players he's had. Yeah, he wants somebody who is fast, breaks tackles and can block. He's got to protect. We're looking for all of those things."nfl nike jersey cheap

A significant reason why Flores lured Gailey out of retirement to become his offensive coordinator was to improve the run game. The hope is that the teaching ability of Gailey and running backs coach Eric Studesville can help lift up the offense from ranking last in 2019 at 3.3 yards per rush (and 72.2 a game) to an effective complement to whoever starts at quarterback in 2020.

That change needs to stem from a big talent influx.6

The Dolphins' running back room took a lot of hits in 2019. Kenyan Drake was traded to Arizona. Kalen Ballage had a disappointing season. Mark Walton was charged with domestic battery and subsequently released. The season ended with two rookies -- Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin -- as the lead ball carriers.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins, LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, Georgia's D'Andre Swift, Florida State's Cam Akers and Utah's Zack Moss are among the top backs in the 2020 draft class who could be Day 1 or Day 2 picks and have drawn notable interest from the Dolphins.

The likely Day 3 options include Florida's Lamical Perine, Boston College's AJ Dillon and Miami's DeeJay Dallas.

Miami seeks running backs who can carry the load and get the tough yards while also being an asset in the passing game.

The Dolphins haven't drafted a back in the first two rounds since taking Daniel Thomas (No. 62 overall) in 2011. Don't be surprised if that changes in April.

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