Going from one of the weakest to one of the deepest positional groups on the Miami Dolphins roster in less than a year, the running back position can now be seen as a position of strength for the Miami Dolphins. Possessing up-and-coming star Jay Ajayi and good-to-great change of pace guy Kenyan Drake, Miami’s backfield is already loaded.
The depth also continues to the third running back spot on the Dolphins roster. Already possessing Damien Williams — a good passing down option that has a knack for gaining those tough yards — on the roster, the Dolphins also added former Michigan running back De’Veon Smith as an undrafted free agent this offseason, leading many to assume this will be the biggest battle at the position.
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While Williams has outlasted battles each preseason that he has been with the Dolphins, this battle could be his biggest to date. Going against a big-bodied running back like Smith, Williams will have to prove that his usefulness as a pass catching running back is a lot better than the workhorse size that Smith possesses.
Considering that Smith was seen by many as a mid-round draft pick following the Senior Bowl and his senior campaign that saw him rush for 10 touchdowns, it was the injury bug that eventually caused him to slide into undrafted territory. Now healthy, Smith will have a chance to prove that his bruising style of running is worthy of a roster spot.
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The bigger thing here could also be that Smith is unlikely to remain a free agent should the Miami Dolphins cut him. With the possibility of adding him as a practice squad member out the window, Miami will have a difficult decision to make in the coming weeks. For me though, the answer is a simple one as long as both players play to their skill level.
Due to his experience and complimentary play style for the Miami Dolphins current backfield situation, Damien Williams is the man that must win the battle. However, if injuries begin to crop up for Jay Ajayi, then the team could end up going with De’Veon Smith as the perfect replacement for Jay Ajayi.