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Phinsider Flash Poll: 2015 Starting Running Back

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The Dolphins go in to 2015 with many questions including will Lamar Miller continue to be their starting running back or will they once again look to upgrade in the off-season. Listed are the various other options along with a poll.

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With new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor at the helm the Dolphins have seemed to at least at times to be a more balanced offense, leaning more heavily on the run this season. The Dolphins of course signed Knowshon Moreno in the off-season. Knowshon got off to a great start rushing for 134 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown in his first game of the season against the New England Patriots. Unfortunately for him and the team he went down in game two after only a single carry. He returned in week 6 only to be sent to the bench again after a single carry and then relegated to IR for the remainder of the season.

Next up was the Dolphins third year player Lamar Miller. Miller is having the best season of his career posting 782 yards on 162 attempts for a 4.8 yard average and 6 touchdowns on the ground through 13 games. Miller has seemingly stepped up his game and many fans speculated that it's a direct result of watching Moreno tear it up first hand. Additionally, despite Millers breakout season many Dolphin faithful still openly hope for Moreno to return to the Phins in 2015 despite no one knowing how he will return from his torn ACL that ended his 2014 campaign.

So the question is, in 2015 do we roll with what we have with Miller as our lead back, resign Moreno to another one year contract with hopes that he comes back 100% and shows us again what he showed in only a single game or go in a completely different direction? So what are the other choices? Well there are a slew of free agent backs as always and there is always the draft route. Also not listed in the spread sheets below is the possibility that Adrian Peterson will be a free agent. Long before AP got in to his legal mess there were rumors that the Vikings were looking for a way to get out of the bad contract they had signed AP to thus holding a bad team back from filling other more glaring needs on the team.

Another twist to the AP saga that must be considered is the unpredictable but always fun Jerry Jones of the Arlington Cowgirls. Conventional wisdom would be that if you have a back like Murray, who is destroying the field stat wise in 2014, you re-sign him at all costs. Well Jerry and the Cowboys are said to have one priority in the off-season and that is resigning Dez Bryant. For any fans out there that have sights on Dez as a free agent, you have a better chance of Marino returning to his 1984 form then him getting away from Dallas. The Cowboys are also said to have not decided what to do with Murray. What? I know it makes zero sense to me as well but Jerry, being Jerry has a huge man crush on the aforementioned AP.

If AP is set free expect the Cowboys to be the first team to give him a call. Jerry's infatuation with AP is bad enough that during the last off-season Jerry committed one of the most blatant cases of tampering ever when he phoned Peterson and let him know that when he is free of the Vikings that Jerry would love to have him come play for the Cowboys. Sure, you are all sitting there reading this thinking there is no way that any owner opts for a back, no matter how great, who is about to turn 30, coming off a scandal that saw him suspended for most of a season and has more wear and tear over a back that is shredding the league currently stats wise and will only be 27 next season. Well this is Jerry Jones, the same man that gave Tony Romo, another of his man crushes, more money than most will ever seen in 10 lifetimes despite having a back that has had multiple surgeries and is always week to week.

With all that in mind who do you think will be the Miami Dolphins starting running back in 2015?

FREE AGENT BACKS IN 2015

Top FA Backs 2015 Current Team Age RFA
Justin Forsett Baltimore 30
C.J. Spiller Buffalo 28
DeMarco Murray Dallas 27
Ahmad Bradshaw Indianapolis 29
Knowshon Moreno Miami 28
Mark Ingram New Orleans 26
Darren McFadden Oakland 28
Ryan Mathews San Diego 28
Frank Gore San Francisco 32




Other FA Backs 2015 Current Team Age RFA
Jonathan Dwyer Arizona 26
Jacquizz Rodgers Atlanta 25
Antone Smith Atlanta 30
Chris Ogbonnaya Carolina 29
Benjarvus Greene Ellis Cincinnati 30
Cedric Peerman Cincinnati 29
Lance Dunbar Dallas 25 X
Montell Owens Detroit 31
Mikel Leshoure Detroit 25
Jordan Todman Jacksonville 25 X
Joe McKnight Kansas City 27
LaMichael James Miami 26 X
Daniel Thomas Miami 28
Matt Asiata Minnesota 28 X
Brandon Bolden New England 25 X
Stevan Ridley New England 26
Shane Vereen New England 26
Travaris Cadet New Orleans 26 X
Brian Leonard New Orleans 31
Bilal Powell New York Jets 27
Kory Sheets Oakland 30 X
Chris Polk Philadelphia 26 X
Ronnie Brown San Diego 34
Alfonso Smith San Francisco 27
Bobby Rainey Tampa Bay 28 X
Jackie Battle Tennessee 32
Leon Washington Tennessee 33
Roy Helu Washington 27

TOP RUNNING BACKS IN 2015 DRAFT CLASS


Proj. Round School Class Ht Wt
Melvin Gordon 1-2 Wisconsin Jr 6-1 207
Todd Gurley 1-2 Georgia Jr 6-1 226
Ameer Abdullah 2 Nebraska Sr 5-9 195
Tevin Coleman 2 Indiana Jr 6-0 210
Duke Johnson 2 Miami (Fla.) Jr 5-9 206
T.J. Yeldon 2 Alabama Jr 6-2 221
Mike Davis 2-3 South Carolina Jr 5-9 223
Jay Ajayi 2-3 Boise State Jr 6-0 216
Javorius Allen 2-3 S. California Jr 6-1 220
David Cobb 3 Minnesota Sr 5-11 229
Cameron Artis-Payne 3-4 Auburn Sr 5-10 210
Jeremy Langford 4 Michigan State Sr 6-0 205
David Johnson 4-5 Northern Iowa Sr 6-2 229
Karlos Williams 5 Florida State Sr 6-1 225
Malcolm Brown 5 Texas Sr 6-0 228
Dominique Brown 5 Louisville Sr 6-2 216
Terrance Magee 5-6 LSU Sr 5-9 218
Marcus Murphy 5-6 Missouri Sr 5-9 195

Tip O' the hate to the judging bunny.