With Jay Ajayi battling a bone bruise, and rookie Kenyan Drake continuing to learn the playbook, an opportunity has fallen to newly acquired veteran and NFL star Arian Foster to take over the backfield.
Two weeks ago, Foster signed a 1-year $1.5 million deal with the Miami Dolphins and was expected to be the relief back for starter Jay Ajayi, but will now be the starter for the upcoming week or so. Perhaps even push Ajayi for the starting role if he practices well.
“His resume speaks for itself,” Adam Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “I don’t think there’s any question why we brought him in here. He’s playing this year. Whether he’s the guy that will be the first snap of the game, time will tell. He is going to be rolling with the ones.”
It is known Gase wants a back that can do everything and stay on the field for all 3 downs, so as not to dictate plays to the defense. Foster has this talent. He brings the hands and quick cut ability to create nightmares for Linebackers. However, the question has never been his talent, but his injury history.
Last October, in a Week 6 game against the Dolphins, Foster went down with a season-ending achilles injury. The soon-to-be 30 year old has battled knee, back, hamstring, and groin injuries throughout his career, and has not played a full season since 2012 (13 games in 2014).
Although not severe, Jay Ajayi’s injury kept him out of the 1st day of pads and he is expected to keep him out for a couple of days. The team does not practice again until Thursday. It will be interesting to see if Ajayi will return by the next practice and how much work Foster can muster up within that span.