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Dolphins look to continue run-game success against opponents named Jets

The Miami Dolphins put up their best performance of the season.

183 yards on the field in Sunday’s 31-24 win against the New York Jets was a new season, 50 yards more than his previous best (133 at the Las Vegas Raiders on Sept. Veteran and University of Miami great Duke Johnson was a revelation to run back, producing the team’s first 100-yard running performance in a call-up from the practice squad as a COVID replacement.

Only thing: it still came up against the Jets. New York has the NFL’s 30th-ranked run defense.

On Monday Night Football at the New Orleans Saints or in the final three-game stretch against the Tennessee Titans or the New England Patriots it won’t be as easy to drive the ball. The Saints enter Week 16 with the league’s sixth-best run defense, allowing 96.6 rushing yards per game.

But with Johnson, now signed to the active roster, his seventh season playing career game of 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns and 10 carries on 54 yards pitching Gaskins, after just one practice off the COVID list, did the Dolphins get anything In their running game?

“I hope we have,” said co-offensive coordinator and running back coach Eric Studdsville. “It’s going to be a big job for us because it’s a good [Saints] Defense. … the atmosphere in New Orleans is always loud and involved. We have to stay focused and keep going. We cannot rest on what happened last week and think it will continue this week.

Johnson started with the spelling of Gaskin and Salwon Ahmed, who practiced only once, not the game. This week, Philip Lindsay will also return to this crowded running back room after his stint on the COVID list. Malcolm Brown is eligible to return the injured reserve.

Dolphins haven’t set it in stone as to who will have a forward-looking or forward-looking role.

“Hopefully, we’re always creating competition,” said Studsville. “I get the concept of the starting running back position, but we’re going to determine that by the game plan and how we want to start things and what we do and what we think gives us the best chance. All those people will play and participate, hopefully, as we put things together, and it will all sort itself out.

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“I’m happy to find them all and figure out who’s going to contribute and what does on a week-to-week basis. They’re all competitive. They’re all focused. They try to contribute in every possible way.” fully prepared for it.”

Wilkins’ TD

The funniest moment of Miami’s latest win was defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, as a fullback in a goal-line package, scoring a forward fourth-quarter touchdown and following it up with an epic celebration.

The Dolphins’ coaches showed a high degree of confidence in calling Wilkins’ number in a tied game in the fourth quarter.

“As with all plays, we’ll be calling the plays that we think will give us the best chances,” said Studdsville. “It wasn’t necessarily trying to call a play for Christian. It was the best game we felt was to be below target for that position on our call sheet. Duke took the goal-line package earlier in the game.” Scored on the play. That was the next play we had listed, and so we went with that.”

Wilkins garnered some national attention for talking about touchdowns and celebrations on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” Tuesday. The Jocaster 310-pounder has appealed to aggressive coaches for his chances at the goal line this season.

“Regularly, he reminds us,” said Studsville.

Fake-punt Miscue

A sorry game came for the Dolphins on Sunday when a photo of long snapper Blake Ferguson on a fake punt was directed at upback Clayton Fjedelem, who appeared unprepared to catch it.

“I will take full responsibility for that,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said on Monday. “My call. We didn’t execute it. Thankfully the defense type got us out there. We need to do a better job of executing.”

Added special teams coordinator Danny Crosman on Tuesday: “The old adage: failure to communicate. As much as we harp on communication, we fail to communicate exactly what we were trying to do in that situation. .We end up with a bad game.”

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