Run Ricky Run Is Long Gone

Run Ricky run will not be echoed anywhere near the Miami Dolphins as the team prepares for the 2004 season without its most lethal offensive weapon. An off-season geared to revamp the offensive line and add talent to a rather vanilla offensive team, the Dolphins front office could have not envisioned a worse case scenario for its team.

A tremendous void exists within the offensive ranks in Miami. Without a battle-tested or proven running back presently on the roster, the Dolphins will utilize the depth on the roster and keep a close eye on running back that are out of the league or potentially on the trading block.

Miami front office personnel have scoured the list of unemployed running back, with the likes of Stacey Mack, Terry Kirby, and James Allen a mere phone call away. The team has not signed a veteran back, but that does not exclude the Dolphins from being actively pursuing a viable threat in the rushing game.

League sources inform The Insiders that the Dolphins have held internal discussions in an attempt to land a quality running back. Anthony Thomas of the Chicago Bears and Najeh Davenport of the Green Bay Packers have been rumored to be on the Dolphins short-list. Both back possess a power-rushing style, one that would fit and compliment the talents of the Miami offensive scheme.

As expected, Travis Minor lined up with the starters in Monday's practice. Minor, Sammy Morris, and Leonard Henry are all vying for the starting running back job which was vacated when Ricky Williams announced his retirement.

Minor brings the most speed and elusiveness to the group while Morris is the best blocker and probably the best pass catcher. Henry brings some size to the equation.

Fantasy Angle: At this point, we'll put our money on Minor to be the starter but there could very well be a RBBC (running back by committee) which in this case really lowers the value of all their backs. Our advice is to only draft Minor--albeit very late. There is still the possibility that the team signs a veteran back before camp ends.

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