DAVIE — Let’s get this out of the way.
Running back Daniel Thomas’ numbers have declined as the season progressed. He’s been bothered by hamstring issues. Then there’s the emergence of Reggie Bush. In fact, Thomas has averaged just 2.5 yards a carry the last four games, becoming an afterthought when talking about the offensive success. Eventually, the Dolphins will need more from their second-round draft pick out of Kansas State.
Ok, let’s look a little deeper into his rookie season.
Thomas has made huge strides in other areas, mainly blocking. He showed that when he picked up a blitz last week against the Washington Redskins, stopping linebacker London Fletcher. The block gave quarterback Matt Moore time to hit Davone Bess for a 23-yard reception.
That was impressive, considering where Thomas began.
When he arrived, he was like an appetizer for linebackers Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett during training camp and early-season practices. As Thomas said, “those guys were throwing me a...