Miami Dolphins make second offensive signing in Jordan Howard

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By timrodriguez March 17, 2020 0 Comment
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The Miami Dolphins have signed former Philadelphia Eagles running back, Jordan Howard to a two-year contract worth over $10 Million.

The Miami Dolphins have felt the need to address the running game in the 2020 off-season. After signing guard Ereck Flowers yesterday, they picked up Jordan Howard, a powerful running back coming off of a few down seasons with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. The Dolphins will still be looking at running back in the 2020 NFL Draft, but Howard gives the Dolphins an established starter for an affordable price.

Establishing the run

The Miami Dolphins are committing to the run after being the worst rushing team in the NFL in 2019. Quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is 37 years old, led the team in rushing, with less than 250 yards. For reference, Fitzpatrick was taken out of two games and did not start in three more. Howard gives the Dolphins an option in the backfield with running ability that was not present on the Dolphins roster in 2019. Rookies Myles Gaskin and Patrick Laird showed flashes, but neither one appears to be a starting-caliber running back.

Value buy

Howard’s contract checks in at just over $5 million per year. The Dolphins were heavily connected to ex-Los Angeles Chargers Melvin Gordon but chose to save a few million dollars with Howard. A rumor that had little weight to it but always remained a possibility was a trade for Los Angeles Rams star running back Todd Gurley. Since the Rams are rumored to be shopping Gurley, many connected the Dolphins as a likely trade suitor because of their obscene amount of cap space, but the Dolphins ultimately chose Howard.

Not done in the run game

The Dolphins are in no way done revamping the run game. The Dolphins have been well connected to Ohio State running back, J.K. Dobbins. With college player visits being canceled, Miami made sure to secure a visit with Dobbins before everything was shut down. Miami featured multiple backs last season and should be expected to do so again. Should Dobbins not be on the board, Miami’s affinity for Wisconsin Badgers would lead many to believe that Jonothan Taylor would be an option.

The other part of the run game is the offensive line. With Ereck Flowers being signed on Monday, and Micheal Dieter showing signs of elite run blocking in his rookie year, Miami has young pieces on the interior of the offensive line. Expect Miami to be very active in the draft when it comes to manipulating the board. Miami’s first pick will likely be a quarterback, but there have been rumors flying that the Miami Dolphins want to secure an offensive tackle in the first round. With three first-round picks, the Dolphins can take their quarterback early and potentially shock the world by moving into the top ten a second time for an offensive tackle.

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