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Former Dolphins RB Mike Gillislee Looks To Stick It To His Former Team

Onetime Fins' Draft Pick No Doubt Motivated For Sunday's Game

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Athletes, on the whole, are often smarter than we give them credit for. While they may occasionally rack up a DUI, get caught with a firearm at the airport or end up simultaneously having to pay child support to four or five different women, when it comes to providing bulletin board material to the opposing team, they usually won't say a whole lot, at least not ahead of time, anyway.

Buffalo running back Mike Gillislee, who was originally drafted by Miami in the fifth round in 2013, has seen his average per carry rise from a paltry 3.5 yards per rush, during his rookie season with the Dolphins to 5.7 last year to 6.9 this year. Think a guy who was born and raised in the state of Florida, played collegiately at the University of Florida and was drafted by the NFL team which calls Miami home, may have been, shall we say, less than enthusiastic about having to move to Buffalo, New York, six months out of the year ?  Not to say that Buffalo isn't a nice place to live, but a guy who has spent, basically his entire life in Florida could probably have listed a couple of other destinations he might have preferred a little bit more.

With Bills' starting running back LeSean McCoy officially listed as out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Gillislee will now have a chance to emphatically demonstrate Miami's mistake in letting him leave town.  Understand that the Bills are the number one team in the National Football League on the ground, while the Dolphins are next to last against the run.  No matter what Mike Gillislee may say, or refuse to say, publicly, you can bet he and his teammates along the Bills' stout offensive line are no doubt salivating over this weekend's matchup.