By: Jason Sarney
Newly signed free agent running back Jordan Howard met with the Miami media on Wednesday morning to discuss several topics ranging from training camp to thecovid-19 pandemic.
Howard tells the MIA media regarding Covid-19 and opting out. "Everybody has their own situation." He said he has never thought about opting out.
Howard who was signed in the off-season after stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears has been very productive since his rookie season. Since 2016 he is behind only Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley as the NFL's leading rushers. He told the media in terms of his recognition, "I definitely feel I am overlooked."
Howard was a Pro-Bowler his rookie season and over the past four Seasons has scored 30 touchdowns and rushed for 3,895 yards. He has a career yard per carry average of 4.3 yards and should be the goal-line and tough-yardage back the Dolphins have been needing.
When discussing his role with the offense, he said, “just help the team win in any role they want me to be in."
Howard has also added 82 receptions and a pair of touchdowns in the receiving game in his time with the Bears and Eagles.
He enters a system of new Offensive Coordinator, Chan Gailey, as Howard says, "he puts us in the best position to be successful. No matter who the RB is he is going to tailor his scheme to their abilities."
Howard has worked hard in the off-season and is ready for the season ahead as he confidently tells the media, “we are in an acclimation period right now. I put a lot of work in the off-season, I feel like I am in a good place now."
His running back mate Matt Breida spoke to media as well as the lightning fast acquisition From San Francisco makes for a terrific thunder and lightning dynamic duo for the Dolphins.
Breida was traded for a 5th-round draft pick during April’s NFL draft and is a home run hitting runner and pass receiver who has averaged 5 yards per carry on the ground and 8.4 4 yards per reception out of the backfield. He has 10 career touchdowns and always a threat to take it the distance.
In fact, one of his newest purchases was a brand-new Lamborghini. Simply put, when asked about it, Breida said…” I like going fast.”
This makes sense for the official fastest player in the NFL based on both Next Gen Stats as well as the man himself. When asked if he is in fact the leagues fastest, he said with bravado, “You guys know the answer to that question.”
If there is a teammate challenger to that, it could be Jakeem Grant. "I think me and Jakeem will eventually race, but we haven't talked about that yet,” Breida said.
Breida was asked about the running back room, and it’s clear the new Dolphins is very happy in his surroundings. "We have a great group of running backs this year." "I think we are going to shock a lot of people this year."
Breida goes on to talk about the budding chemistry with this young Miami team, and says, " it reminds me of my first year in San Fran." He adds, “we are on the right track as far as chemistry is going."
Breida seems as excited to be a Dolphin as Miami’s staff is to have him. "They are excited what I am able to do,’ he says. “They are going to get me in here, and whatever role they want me to do I am going to do it to the best of my ability."
Breida closed the conversation with a confident pair of quotes, that have a similar ring to it with this team’s approach.
“I can control what I can control,” as well as "every year I am always going to keep grinding and get better."
The Dolphins have a pair of aces up their sleeves in the backfield to go along with a stacked deck of complements as a running back room.
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