Daniel Thomas is the Dolphins’ 2nd string running back and is the type of player who could have a big role on a weekly basis, depending on the matchup, because of how much the Dolphins like to run. They only got the run 19 times in the opener, 2 of which were quarterback scrambles, because they were down by so much, so Thomas only had 3 carries. He did catch a catch for 32 yards though. This week they should have a more evenly matched game, playing the Oakland Raiders, but Thomas will not play.
Thomas suffered a concussion last week towards the end of the game. He was given clearance to play this week, which is a good sign going forward, but the Dolphins are being extra cautious with the 2011 2nd round pick and will hold him out anyway. Lamar Miller, a 4th round rookie and a game day inactive week 1, will serve as Reggie Bush’s primary backup.
There shouldn’t be a huge drop off, if any, as Thomas has disappointed in his career thus far, averaging just 3.5 YPC. Miller might even be an upgrade and use this game as a launching pad to become the primary #2 back over Thomas, who had been in the new coaching staff’s doghouse at times this offseason. Marcus Thigpen, meanwhile, will continue to serve as the 3rd game day active back because of his role as a return man on special teams. In the opener, he averaged 27.4 yards per return on 5 kickoffs and returned a punt to the house 72 yards for the team’s only touchdown of the day.