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21.07.2014 10:28
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Miami Dolphins backs up against a rock and a hard place

Coincidentally, the Jets possess one of the NFL's most feared and forceful blitzing defenses, and ironically the Dolphins feature a leaky offensive line, and a tailback unit that just lost Daniel Thomas, its best pass blocker, to a serious ankle injury.

Someone sound the alarms because this means at least one of Miami's inexperienced tailbacks will need to step up on Sunday or Tannehill might be carted off the Met Life Stadium field.

With Thomas sidelined for a few weeks, the Dolphins will take an all hands on deck approach with the team's backfield, which has struggled mightily this season, averaging just 85.4 rushing yards per game, which is 25.8 yards below the league average this season.

"We just have to do a better job of running the ball, hitting the holes and try to keep the running game going," said Miller, who leads the Dolphins with 475 rushing yards on 114 carries, which averages out to 4.2 per attempt. "We have to do a better job preparing better, and doing our assignment."

Especially this week against a Jets' defense that has produced 32 sacks, and is limiting opponents to 2.9 rushing yards per game, which is NFL's lowest average.

When asked the last time he picked up a blitzer in a game, Marcus Thigpen openly admits: "It had to be college."

He then corrects himself and wonders out loud if he served as a pass protector in the 2011 season he spent in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger Cats .

"It is going to be a tough challenge," said Thigpen, who has Demarcus Lawrence Youth Jersey spent the past two seasons as the Dolphins' return specialist. "But I'm ready for it."

Thigpen has practiced as both a receiver and tailback Zack Martin Youth Jersey for the past two season, and points out that his versatility could open up the offense a bit more. The last time the Dolphins faced an aggressive blitzing team like the Jets was against the Saints, whose defense is coached by Ryan's twin brother, Rob Ryan.

In that game, Thigpen contributed a 50 yard reception, catching the Saints in a poorly timed blitz.

"I just give us that spark. I give more speed out the backfield than anything. I try to get to the perimeter and outrun some guys, get between the tackles and explode," said Thigpen, who has gained 16 yards on three carries in his two seasons with the Dolphins. "I'm more of a dash guy. I'm not a power back because I don't have a lot of weight, obviously."

Gillislee realizes Thomas being sidelined for the next few weeks increases his chances of playing in his first NFL game. But this former University of Florida standout openly admits he won't believe this is the week until he's putting on pads before Sunday's kickoff.

He's had good weeks of practice before, only to learn he'll be watching the game street clothes. But Gillislee said his slow start motivated him.

"This gave me an opportunity to grow and become a pro," said Gillislee, who gained 1,152 rushing yards and scored 11 touchdowns in his senior season with the Gators. "Just by me watching it made me hungrier. I'm ready to take advantage of this opportunity I'm given."

Gillislee's proud of his body of work in college, and that includes his skills as a pass protector. But he admits blitzing linebackers in the NFL, players like Pace, play with more force and power than what he faced in college.

"Being able to adjust to that is something I worked on," Gillislee said. "Watching Daniel Thomas pick up those linebacker gave me mental reps. I feel like I'm ready to go."

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