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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Dolphins sign Duke Johnson for remainder of 2021 season

The Miami Dolphins signed Duke Johnson to a 53-man roster a day after his breakout performance in Sunday’s 31-24 victory over the New York Jets, the first 100-yard rushing performance of his career.

Johnson, a former University of Miami resident who has been on the Dolphins’ practice squad since late October, was picked up from the practice squad for Sunday’s game as the COVID-19 outbreak infected the team’s four tailbacks and a total of six players. did. Week.

Even though two of Miami’s leading backs Miles Gaskin and Salvone Ahmed were cleared to play against the Jets, the Dolphins used Johnson in the featured back role, and the 28-year-old took that opportunity to 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Changed. Carries 22.

Johnson became the first 100-yard rush for the Dolphins as Ahmed ran for 122 yards in their December 2020 win over the New England Patriots.

While the Jets have struggled to defend runs for most of the season, Johnson’s ability to find running lanes behind Miami’s struggling offensive line indicates that he is in contention for the opening role during Miami’s final three games. There may be a need to stay where the dolphins, for one, are thrashing. Playoff berth.

The Dolphins have spent much of this season as one of the NFL’s three worst-running teams, but the Miami are committed to running the ball to strike a balance for the run-pass-option style they practice. . The Dolphins have averaged 3.4 yards per carry this season, and the team averaged 30 rushing attempts per competition during Miami’s six-game winning streak.

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The hope is that Johnson, who has scored 22 touchdowns in his career, and a resurgent rapid attack can move Miami closer to the league average, which is 4.3 yards per attempt and 113.8 yards per game. Miami leads an average of 86.6 rushing yards per game against the New Orleans Saints in a Monday Night football game.

The Dolphins could have promoted Johnson for at least one more game from the practice squad due to the league’s new NFL rules that allow two non-COVID-19 related call-ups per season (COVID-19). -19 call-ups are unlimited) for practice squad players. But Miami decided to sign Johnson, who has played 93 NFL games during his seven seasons, on Monday morning on a 53-man roster for the remainder of 2021.

Johnson, who averaged 4.8 yards per attempt on 26 carries in the two games he played this season, will become an unrestricted free agent when the season ends.

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