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Matt Breida

Matt Breida

Running Back #22
Team: Miami Dolphins
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 180 lb.
College:Georgia Southern
Age:26
Born:February 28, 1995
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

Matt Breida: Invisible in finale

Breida did not handle an offensive snap during Sunday's blowout 56-26 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Breida wrapped up an underwhelming season in Miami with back-to-back games without a carry or target, playing just nine snaps on special teams Week 17. Outside of a Week 15 tilt against the Patriots in which injuries and complications related to COVID-19 thrust Breida into a larger role, the Dolphins' coaching staff never saw fit to trust him with more than occasional touches. He had 59 carries for 254 yards (4.3 YPC) through 12 contests, while also securing nine of 10 targets for 96 yards. Breida is set to hit free agency this offseason, and he'll no doubt look to find a landing spot that will afford him more regular opportunities.

January 4, 2021 9:58 AM EST

Matt Breida: Uninvolved on offense

Breida did not register an offensive snap during Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Breida had 12 carries for 86 yards against the Patriot last week, but with Myles Gaskin now back in the lineup his opportunities have completely evaporated. Salvon Ahmed and Lynn Bowden both worked behind Gaskin in the backfield, while Breida handled just 10 snaps on special teams.

December 27, 2020 11:45 AM EST

Matt Breida: Logs best game as a Dolphin

Breida had 12 carries for 86 yards during Miami's 22-12 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: With Myles Gaskin (undisclosed) still on the COVID-19 list, Breida had great success as a complementary option to Salvon Ahmed, who had 23 carries for 122 yards and a score himself. It was his first game with the Dolphins handling double-digit carries, and the first time he surpassed 50 yards in a single contest with the team. If any of DeVante Parker (hamstring), Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) are forced to sit out against the Raiders on Saturday, the Dolphins could be forced to lean heavily on the run again.

December 21, 2020 11:47 AM EST

Matt Breida: Back in action Sunday

In his return to action, Breida is in the mix for carries Sunday against the Patriots, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: With Myles Gaskin (illness) still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Salguero suggests that Salvon Ahmed and Breida "should get most of the carries" Sunday, with DeAndre Washington and Patrick Laird also on hand. While Breida isn't necessarily a high-percentage fantasy choice in that context, he is a consideration for those with limited options scrambling to plug lineup holes created by Sunday's inactives.

December 20, 2020 9:48 AM EST

Matt Breida: Comes off COVID-19 list

The Dolphins activated Breida (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Breida missed two games while on the COVID list, but he'll be available for Sunday's divisional matchup against the Patriots. With Myles Gaskin (illness) now out and on the COVID list, and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) still looking uncertain, Breida could have a chance to join DeAndre Washington atop Miami's backfield depth chart.

December 16, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Matt Breida: Placed on COVID-19 list

The Dolphins placed Breida (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Breida missed Friday's practice with an illness prior to being officially placed on the COVID-19 list, a transaction which rules him out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and DeAndre Washington (hamstring) are also both doubtful to face Cincinnati, which leaves Patrick Laird and Lynn Bowden as the only healthy running backs currently on Miami's roster. It seems likely that the team will promote Myles Gaskin (knee) from IR on Saturday, in time for him to reclaim the lead role, but in any event Miami won't have much in the way of backfield depth Week 13.

December 4, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Matt Breida: Second fiddle in easy win

Breida had eight carries for 36 yards during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jets. He also secured both of his targets for 17 yards.

Analysis: Breida was more efficient on the ground than DeAndre Washington (3.8 YPC), but he nonetheless handled five less carries and saw three fewer targets. At one point in the offseason, it seemed as though Breida (not to mention Jordan Howard) was destined for a key role in the Dolphins' backfield, but even with both Myles Gaskin (knee) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) sidelined the team currently won't entrust him with more than No.2 duties. Even if both Gaskin and Ahmed sit out Week 13 against the Bengals, it will be difficult to trust Breida for fantasy purposes.

November 29, 2020 5:04 PM EST

Matt Breida: More work on tap

Breida is expected to be the Dolphins' primary running back after Myles Gaskin (knee) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) were ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Jets, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: There was some hope Myles Gaskin would be activated off injured reserve following his minimum three-game stint, but the team is evidently content allowing Breida to act as the primary ball carrier for at least this Sunday against the Jets. The 25-year-old has seen more than six times just twice this season and sports a paltry 3.4 yards-per-carry across 39 totes this year, but this figures to be a solid matchup regardless considering the Jets' porous defense. Breida could even be a factor in the passing game, particularly with Ryan Fitzpatrick likely set to start behind center after Tua Tagavailoa (left thumb) was downgraded to doubtful.

November 28, 2020 2:40 PM EST

Matt Breida: Barely involved in return

Breida had two carries for four yards during Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Breida shed his injury tag prior to suiting up Sunday, but he was nonetheless unable to garner more than minimal work behind undrafted rookie Salvon Ahmed (12 carries, five catches). The veteran previously spent the first half of the season behind Myles Gaskin (knee), and there's been nothing to hint that the Dolphins view him as more than a backup option.

November 23, 2020 7:36 AM EST

Matt Breida: Practices without limitations

Breida (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Breida has resumed practicing in full for the first time since he sustained his hamstring injury Week 8, a development which should put him on track to retake the field after back-to-back absences. The Dolphins recently cut Jordan Howard, and Myles Gaskin (knee) is set to miss at least one more game on IR. However, undrafted rookie Salvon Ahmed has impressed in recent weeks, including in a bellcow role during last weekend's win over the Chargers, so it's possible that Breida will once again be relegated to a complementary gig upon returning to the lineup.

November 18, 2020 2:23 PM EST

Matt Breida: Practicing Wednesday

Breida (hamstring) is participating in Wednesday's practice, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Breida, who managed to practice in a limited capacity last week, has missed back-to-back games due to his hamstring injury. If he's able to get healthy in time for Sunday's game in Denver, however, Breida could see his first chance of the season to handle significant backfield. Myles Gaskin (knee) will need to remain on IR for at least one more week, and the Dolphins waived Jordan Howard on Monday.

November 18, 2020 10:06 AM EST

Matt Breida: Inactive in Week 10

Breida (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's Week 10 tilt against the Chargers.

Analysis: Breida was reported to be unlikely to play early Sunday, and despite a week of limited practice participation, that prognosis has come to fruition. The speedy fourth-year pro's second straight absence leaves the Dolphins with a backfield committee consisting of Salvon Ahmed, DeAndre Washington and Patrick Laird, as both Jordan Howard and Lynn Bowden are healthy scratches.

November 15, 2020 11:40 AM EST

Matt Breida: Not expected to play Sunday

Breida, who's listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers due to a hamstring injury, "may be a week away from going," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: That echoes a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, who noted that Breida isn't expected to play in Sunday's 4:05 ET contest. In the event that Breida is unable to go, the Dolphins' Week 10 backfield options would include Jordan Howard, who turned a team-high 10 carries into 19 yards and a TD last weekend against the Cardinals, as well as Salvon Ahmed, who logged 38 yards on seven carries in that contest. Also in the mix are recent trade acquisition DeAndre Washington, as well as Patrick Laird.

November 15, 2020 4:51 AM EST

Matt Breida: Trending down for Sunday

Breida (hamstring) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's contest, but it appears he hasn't progressed well since injury designations were announced Friday. Breida could step into the starting role if able to play since Myles Gaskin (knee) is sidelined, but he instead seems likely to miss his second straight contest due to the hamstring injury. If Breida is indeed unable to play against Los Angeles, Salvon Ahmed is poised to lead the backfield while Jordan Howard handles short-yardage and goal-line work.

November 14, 2020 9:16 PM EST

Matt Breida: Draws questionable tag

Breida (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Breida's hamstring injury kept him from facing the Cardinals last weekend, but it seems like he has at least a fair shot to return versus Los Angeles. The former 49er has worked as the No. 2 back in Miami for most of the season, and he boasts a similar skillset to Myles Gaskin (knee), who was a three-down starter before suffering an MCL sprain. As such, it's possible that Breida could start for the Dolphins if he can prove his full health, but this backfield could also be one of the most clustered units in the league. Jordan Howard has proven effective as a short-yardage specialist, undrafted rookie Salvon Ahmed flashed in limited attempts Week 9, and recent trade acquisition DeAndre Washington should be available to make his team debut. Plus, third-round rookie Lynn Bowden recently came off the reserve/COVID-19 list, and Patrick Laird is always a candidate for limited change-of-pace work.

November 13, 2020 10:37 AM EST

Matt Breida: Another limited practice

Breida (hamstring) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Breida's back-to-back limited sessions are certainly emblematic of recovery progress, given that he couldn't practice in any capacity last week. He can't yet be considered a lock to suit up against the Chargers on Sunday, though it does seem like Breida could be trending in the right direction. Health permitting, Breida will work to rejoin a backfield that was let by Jordan Howard and Salvon Arhmed last week.

November 12, 2020 2:15 PM EST

Matt Breida: Listed as limited in walk-through

Breida (hamstring) is listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's walk-through practice, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Breida wasn't able to suit up against the Cardinals this weekend due to a hamstring injury, but it looks like he's making progress toward a return. Wednesday's report is only an estimation, however, so how much Breida is able to do Thursday could provide a more accurate indication of his health.

November 11, 2020 2:43 PM EST

Matt Breida: Ruled out for Week 9

Breida (hamstring) won't suit up against the Cardinals on Sunday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Breida's hamstring issue popped up at a truly inopportune time, as he may have gotten a chance to lead Miami's backfield if healthy. Instead, with Myles Gaskin (knee) on IR, the Dolphins will roll with a combination of Jordan Howard, Patrick Laird, Lynn Bowden and Salvon Ahmed in Arizona. Breida missed a trio of practices this week, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, so it seems like his status for Week 10 could also be up in the air.

November 6, 2020 12:54 PM EST

Matt Breida: Not at practice Thursday

Breida (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Breida's Week 9 status gains more import with Myles Gaskin (knee) now on IR. With that in mind, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald relays that coach Brian Flores noted Thursday that Breida has a "chance" to suit up Sunday against the Cardinals. If he's unavailable this weekend, however, the Dolphins would turn to the the likes of Jordan Howard, Patrick Laird (ankle), Lynn Bowden and Salvon Ahmed to handle the team's rushing duties.

November 5, 2020 8:54 AM EST

Matt Breida: Uncertain for Sunday

Coach Brian Flores said Thursday that Breida (hamstring) has a "chance" to suit up Sunday against the Cardinals, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: It's not the most convincing of endorsements, as Flores also noted in the interview that "hamstrings are tough." This would have been a prime week for Breida to win back a big part of the role he was expected to have at the start of the season, as Myles Gaskin (knee) was officially placed on IR Thursday morning. If Breida cannot suit up in Week 9, look for a backfield committee to potentially be led by the likes of Jordan Howard, Patrick Laird (ankle), Lynn Bowden and Salvon Ahmed.

November 5, 2020 6:15 AM EST

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