NFL.com has reported that Miami's AFC East rival, the Buffalo Bills, who have had the Dolphins' number in recent seasons, released second year running back Karlos Williams on Saturday, after an apparently lackluster training camp, in which Williams reported 10-15 pounds overweight.
If the Dolphins were to claim Williams off waivers, that would, in effect, complete a swap of fifth round running backs from the state of Florida between the two teams, as Buffalo signed Miami's 2013 draftee, and former Florida Gator, Mike Gillislee, before the 2015 season. Williams played his collegiate ball at Florida State.
Might the Dolphins be interested in taking a look at Williams ? He averaged 5.6 yards per carry for the Bills as a rookie last season, and with the start of the regular season only three weeks away, Miami could also potentially consider the added bonus of obtaining whatever information they can get from Williams, regarding the Bills' playbook, before deciding whether to keep him on the team going forward. At 6'1", 230, Williams is bigger than any of the backs currently on the Dolphins roster, with the possible exception of Daniel Thomas, and bringing Thomas to camp was a desperation move on Miami's part, anyway. No way does he make the final 53.
Although Karlos Williams' chances of being on the team at the start of the regular season are far from certain, with no running back on Miami's roster, other than Isaiah Pead, having made any real impact since the start of training camp, it would seem to behoove the team to at least consider bringing him in for a tryout. With the Dolphins virtually assured of a fifteenth non winning season in the past sixteen years, they should consider all available options. Since Miami hasn't won at Orchard Park, New York, since 2011, and have lost two of their last four games against the Bills at home, bringing in a player Buffalo just released probably wouldn't hurt.