Steve Slaton chose to re-sign with the Miami Dolphins this past offseason for one year knowing Reggie Bush would start at running back and second-year player Daniel Thomas would likely back him up.
Why would the former Mountaineer star sign knowing he probably wouldn’t be featured? After speaking with new head coach Joe Philbin, Slaton knew he would have a role in the offense Philbin and his coaching staff would install.
When the Dolphins released their first preseason depth chart, The team listed Slaton as the #3 RB and #3 kick and punt returner. We thought that meant Slaton would spend much of this season like he did last season: on the sideline.
At practice on Wednesday, the Dolphins began to install more facets of their new offense. According to Omar Kelly of the Orlando Sentinel, Slaton was the Dolphins’ 3rd down running back in a package Kelly couldn’t make out. Slaton also was first in line to receive punts and kicks.
The team also will feature running backs in their passing game more this season, and Slaton was noted for looking smooth catching passes out of the backfield.