Miami Dolphins Position Preview: Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas and the Backfield

Danny DolphinAnalyst IAugust 15, 2011

ATLANTA - AUGUST 12: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball during warm-ups before their preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on August 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins have undergone a backfield overhaul behind center. Out with the traveled legs of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, and in with the new horses.

Major concerns surround Miami’s rushing attack. The instability on the offensive line is worrisome along with the lack of proven runners behind them. Reggie Bush hasn’t had more than 106 attempts in each of the last three seasons.

He’s never been more than a “utility” back in his career to this point. Rookie Daniel Thomas is unproven obviously but has the makings of a complete back. 

In a perfect world, Bush’s speed compliments Thomas’ power, and in unison, they add lethal explosiveness to the Miami offense.

Lex Hilliard has rode the Miami bench for two years but figures to finally have a legitimate opportunity to garner some quality playing time, especially if Thomas struggles adjusting to the speed of the pro game.

He also provides some unmatched versatility with the ability to play on special teams and at fullback.

Lousaka Polite may be on his way out after a down year combined with the emergence of versatile rookie Charles Clay. Speedsters Kory Sheets and Nic Grigsby have a shot, but have to truly shine during the preseason.

There are way more questions than answers surrounding this group.

Locks: Bush, Thomas (R), Clay (FB)

Bubble: Hilliard, Polite (FB), Sheets, Grigsby (R)

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