It’s a mantra that year hear a lot this time of year with training camps, “you can never have enough depth.”
Still, it’s curious that the Dolphins would choose now, two weeks into training camp, to bring a former running back that has a previous connection to coach Adam Gase.
Veteran Jeremy Langford, who was a fourth round pick and played with the Bears in 2015-16, was signed Monday to the Fins 90 man roster.
And while Langford has 28 NFL games played with 210 carries, 737 yards and 10 rushing TDs from those two years, it seems on the surface that this is more about Gase needing a training camp “body.” At least, one that has more experience than some of the younger guys in Miami’s camp.
Gase spoke about the Langford signing after Tuesday mornings latest workout:
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“We felt like we needed a little bit of depth for the preseason games,” Gase said. And, he didn’t elaborate much more.
Certainly, Langford won’t be available for Thrusday night’s home opener at Hard Rock Stadium against the Bucs. Yet, moving forward he could see some action and carries in subsequent games in the second half.
Miami has solid depth at the top with Kenyan Drake and veteran Frank Gore, and they have expectations for rookie Kallen Ballage to make an impact. Still, this is probably more about not having as much confidence in Seorise Perry, Brandon Radcliff and Buddy Howell who are vying to be in the mix.
And, this move at this time may signify that Gase and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains aren’t as happy with Ballage and the young guys. So, they were looking for help.
As for Langford, he was cut by the Bears last August and then hooked on with the Ravens and then the Jets, practice squads for 2017. The Jets cut him earlier this off season.
And, as some have speculated, this is likely a two way “favor” in that the Dolphins need a veteran that knows their offense, and Langford needs a chance to showcase himself for other teams, too.
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