Monday, May 17, 2010
How the Fins should use Ricky and Ronnie
In an ESPN Insider column, Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson takes a look at four of the NFL's most intriguing backfield situations heading into the summer.
At the top of the list is the Miami Dolphins.
Williamson presents some compelling points about how Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown should be deployed.
Even assuming everybody is healthy, Williamson asserts Williams, who will turn 33 this week, should be the primary back because he "still can play at a very high level" and "runs with a nasty edge." Williamson adds Brown should be used in a complementary role and as a weapon in the pass game.
But what caught my eye most was Williamson's take on how the Dolphins should address Brown's future with the team. Brown is entering the final season of his contract.
Brown is coming off yet another injury. He is up for free agency at the end of the season, and it seems highly unlikely that Miami brings him back, so he is another guy that the Dolphins should not hesitate to wear into the ground. That might sound harsh, but this is a business. If used in a rotation, Brown still can be effective. Even going back to his days at Auburn, Brown has never shown to be a true workhorse runner. He does catch the ball well. He needs to re-establish himself in this capacity, which should be a goal for 2010.
Williamson adds third-year back Lex Hilliard has shown some promise in his limited opportunities, but the Dolphins should make running back "a very high priority" next offseason.