Report: Miami Dolphins thinking of adding running back as trade deadline approaches

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The Miami Dolphins are currently ahead of the pack in the AFC East with a 5-2 record. However, the organization may still be looking to bolster its roster.

The team has reportedly “poked around” at the running back position, according to NFL insider Dianna Russini.

Miami’s offense has been stellar this season so far. The squad currently leads all teams in scoring, putting up an average of 34.3 points per game, nearly six points ahead of the San Francisco 49ers. Moreover, the Dolphins also rank No. 1 in several other categories, including total yards per game (462.3) and rushing yards per game (162.3).

Even so, their last contest, a loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, may have highlighted an area of need for the squad. While the Dolphins have dominated weaker competition in this campaign, they have struggled against stronger opponents, with their other loss coming against the Buffalo Bills. Facing the Eagles in Week 7, Miami could only post 244 total yards. Raheem Mostert led the team in rushing yards with 45.

It’s evident the Dolphins are missing the services of De’Von Achane, who was having an impressive rookie season before he suffered a knee injury in Miami’s Week 5 bout against the New York Giants.

The good news for the organization is that the running back is on track to return by Week 11. However, that means it will have to battle the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs without the 22-year-old phenom from Texas A&M University.

It’s unclear what Miami’s options are on the running back market. Some notable free agents include Leonard Fournette, J.D. McKissic and Caleb Huntley, although they might not necessarily be upgrades over the players the team has now. Behind Mostert on the depth chart at the moment are Salvon Ahmed and Jeff Wilson Jr.

The trade deadline is set for this coming Tuesday, so if the Dolphins want to acquire a player that way, they can’t wait much longer. Meanwhile, the squad is getting ready for its two remaining opponents before its bye week.

While the Dolphins already defeated the Patriots in Week 2, their division rivals can’t be overlooked, which Tyreek Hill recently acknowledged. The Chiefs will also present a tough challenge, as they are not only the defending champions, but they also currently own a 6-1 record.

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