After trading Kenyan Drake and watching Mark Walton discover hit with a four-game suspension, the Miami Dolphins are appropriate down to 1 working back who has played an offensive snap this season: Kalen Ballage.
The second-12 months working back opened the season because the Dolphins starter but had considered his snaps usurped by Walton. After getting 19-plus snaps the major three weeks, Ballage saw 5 or fewer the subsequent three campaigns, per Subsequent Gen Stats. It wasn’t till Drake became out the door that his usage returned, but even then, Ballage became caught smartly in the back of Walton (18 snaps to forty eight).
With Walton’s suspension touchdown, Ballage appears to be like build of residing to witness his feature impress higher the subsequent loads of weeks.
“He’s someone that I’ve spoken about during the years, someone I in actuality dangle a plump amount of self belief in and I witness ahead to having him having an increased opportunity, and I deem right here’s it,” offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea said Tuesday, by the team’s authentic web whisper. “He’ll discover a chance to pass out there with Mark’s suspension and he will dangle a nice opportunity.
“And I know he’s done some issues in his preparation and in educate that we dangle self belief that he will impress primarily the most out of his opportunity. He’s labored extremely hard. He’s been very focused by events of perhaps now not as many opportunities as he saw himself having at this reward this point, but now he will dangle the chance. With rather of luck his labor and all his preparation will truly consequence into being the player that he wants to be.”
Ballage has been ineffective in rapid bursts this season, averaging 2.0 yards per follow it 35 makes an are trying and catching factual four of 12 targets.
Late Ballage, the Dolphins will roll with Patrick Laird, who has been active but handiest played on special teams up to now. Seventh-round rookie Myles Gaskin can also soundless be active for the major time this season in the thinned-out backfield. The used Washington Husky had a prolific college profession and may discover a chance to leap Laird on the depth chart, notably if he proves to be a more in-depth pass-catcher out of the backfield than Ballage.