Checking Out Running Backs

With rookie Daniel Thomas sidelined by a hamstring injury that kept him out of Monday night's loss to New England, the Dolphins brought in a group of running backs for tryouts Tuesday.

Veterans Brian Westbrook, Julius Jones, Dimitri Nance and Kevin Smith along with Thomas Clayton were all in South Florida, but left without contract offers as of yet.

Westbrook was with the 49ers last year, Jones was in New Orleans, Nance didn't make the Packers out of training camp this year, the oft-injured Smith wasn't retained by the Lions and Clayton was waived during final roster cuts by Seattle on Sept. 3.

The Dolphins re-signed Larry Johnson last week, but he didn't get a single carry against the Patriots despite being on the game-day active roster.

... Though it might have been lost amid the poor defensive performance, quarterback Chad Henne and the passing offense was impressive for the Dolphins. Henne targeted wide receiver Brandon Marshall 13 times and connected with him seven times for 139 yards.

Afterward Henne said, "We saw that they were going to give us man coverage so we're getting a lot of one-on-one matchups out there and we're taking advantage of them outside and our guys were winning out there, making big plays."

... In the locker room after their season-opening defeat, the Dolphins' emotions ranged from disbelief to disappointment over allowing Tom Brady to throw for a career-high in passing yards. At least one player, though, was more angry than anything.

Veteran linebacker Jason Taylor, who failed to get any kind of pressure against Brady, dismissed Brady's performance.

Said Taylor: "He hung 500 yards. Who gives a damn? There's next week. If you want to write a story about Tom Brady throwing for 500 yards, feel free. Congrats. He did a great job. We lost the game and we play again Sunday."

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