When Isaiah Pead was signed this summer (along with former draft bust Daniel Thomas), it was met with mostly shrugs among fans of the team.
However, after a strong showing in training camp and the Dolphins' first two preseason games, it's become apparent that Pead is more than just a camp body.
Pead's issue hasn't been talent; it's been his time in the training room. Numerous injuries have limited Pead's time in the league. And after drafting Kenyan Drake and signing 4-time Pro Bowler Arian Foster, it was assumed by most that Pead would never make it out of training camp.
With each strong showing though, he's going to make it difficult for head coach Adam Gase. With Drake and Jay Ajayi battling injuries for most of training camp, Pead has made the most of his opportunities. He's looked decisive both running and catching passes out of the backfield, along with third year back Damien Williams.
And the coaches have taken notice.
“Every time he gets in a game, he seems to pop them.: said Adam Gase. "I’ve been very impressed with him. He’s tried to do every little thing right."
The head coach has gone so far to begin including Pead in the game plan.
"When he (Pead) gets in the game, I’m thinking call plays for him and try to give him a chance to show his skill set." Gase said. "I try to get him in there with the ones a little bit, and he had another explosive play today. It just seems like when he gets in there, whether a run game or pass game he just seems to make it happen.”
For his part, Pead has continued to learn the offense and perfect his craft. After the game, the running back was asked to assess his performance and he (Pead) made sure to give his teammates credit.
"I got a couple of lanes up front. The line did a good job, flowing with the defense, getting hats on hats. That leaves it up to me to pick a hole and hit it."
Despite Pead's personal success, he is still focused on what most Dolphins fans are most concerned with—winning.
"It went good. Bad things. Good things. This we can learn from. Of course you would like to end it with a victory but this is what times like this are for."
Pead may have played well enough to warrant some carries with the first team offense in the third preseason game. That doesn't concern him as much as continuing to improve his understanding in Gase's offense.
"I’ve been here since springtime learning Coach Gase’s offense." Pead said. "It’s all about being patient and taking it one snap at a time and making reads. Not making cuts in your head. Take what you’ve got."
There are several more cutdowns to survive and a crowded backfield to contend with, but with every strong showing the once the low key signing could possibly be a part of the team's plans this season.
This story was written by Richard Wilt. Follow him on Twitter: @richardactor71
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