Myles Gaskin

Miami Dolphins
Running Back #9
Miami Dolphins
Running Back #9
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Myles Gaskin News

Escapes draft with lead role intact

Gaskin remains atop Miami's backfield depth chart after the team waited until the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft to bring in competition, Cameron Wolfe of reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins were widely considered one of the likeliest teams to invest high draft capital into a running back this year, but the team's decision to only add Gerrid Doaks with their final pick is a clear indication of confidence in Gaskin. A 2019 seventh-round pick himself, Gaskin played a near every-down role in the 10 games he was healthy last season, averaging a respectable 4.1 yards per carry despite playing behind one of the league's worst O-lines. Dynasty managers who bet on Gaskin this offseason should feel justified in patting themselves on the back, as the 24-year-old appears positioned to begin the 2021 campaign as the top option in a three-man committee, accompanied by Salvon Ahmed and veteran Malcolm Brown.

May 3, 2021 11:43 AM EST

Finds end zone in Week 17 loss

Gaskin rushed seven times for 20 yards and a touchdown while catching four of five targets for 57 yards in Sunday's 56-26 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Gaskin failed to find much running room but came through for fantasy managers relying on him in the season finale with a one-yard touchdown plunge to cap the first drive of the second half. Unfortunately for the 23-year-old running back, his team needed a win to guarantee a playoff spot and now looks likely to come up just short of making the postseason. Gaskin established himself as Miami's lead back when healthy with 142 carries for 584 yards and three touchdowns, plus 42 catches for 388 yards and two touchdowns, in 10 games played. The 2019 seventh-round pick will likely start next season as the top option in Miami's backfield barring an offseason shakeup.

Jan 3, 2021 2:10 PM EST

Erupts for two scores in return

Gaskin had 14 carries for 87 yards during Saturday night's 26-25 win over the Raiders. He also secured all five of his targets for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Analysis: Gaskin entered Saturday's road tilt against the Raiders coming off a two-game absence due to COVID-19, but he immediately returned to his usual workhorse role, exploding for a career-high 169 yards from scrimmage. The second-year pro looked like Miami's most effective offensive weapon with DeVante Parker (hamstring) sidelined, accounting for both of the team's touchdowns on the day, most notably a 59-yard sideline catch-and-run late in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Salvon Ahmed accounted for just two yards on six carries. Gaskin is locked into a bellcow role heading into a must-win road matchup against the Bills in Week 17.

Dec 26, 2020 8:43 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Dolphins activated Gaskin (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Gaskin figures to slot back into the No. 1 role in Miami's backfield during Saturday's road game against the Raiders. However, given how impressive a performance Salvon Ahmed (23-122-1) logged against the Patriots last week, it's possible that the team could be motivated to spread carries around a bit more than usual in Gaskin's return to action. The second-year pro missed two straight games while on the COVID-19 list.

Dec 23, 2020 11:23 AM EST

Confirmed as out for Week 15

Gaskin (illness) won't be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots, Cameron Wolfe of reports.

Analysis: Since Gaskin's placement on the list Dec. 12 was the result of a positive test rather than being a close contact of a person infected with the virus, he'll unsurprisingly be held out for a second straight week while he waits to clear all COVID-19-related protocols. At this point, Gaskin isn't known to be suffering from any major symptoms of the virus, but he'll still likely need to practice in some capacity next week to have a shot at suiting up in the Dolphins' next game Dec. 26 in Las Vegas.

Dec 20, 2020 5:53 AM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Gaskin, who was already ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, could miss multiple weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: DeAndre Washington figures to head the Dolphins backfield Sunday with Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) ruled out earlier in the week and Matt Breida situated with Gaskin on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but it's likely Gaskin's absence will extend past a week. More information regarding who will take the bulk of the carries moving forward likely depends on the status of both Ahmed and Breida -- information that won't be available until later next week.

Dec 12, 2020 2:25 PM EST

Placed on COVID-19 list

Gaskin was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday and will not be able to play Sunday against the Chiefs, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The designation means Gaskin either tested positive for COVID-19 or was in close proximity to someone who tested positive. With Matt Breida already on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) ruled out Friday, DeAndre Washington will essentially be forced into action as the starter with Patrick Laird and Lynn Bowden likely chipping in on passing downs.

Dec 12, 2020 12:54 PM EST

Ready to face Chiefs

Gaskin (knee) will not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Gaskin had been limited in practice with a knee issue this week, but it never appeared as though his status for Sunday's matchup as in any real doubt. The second-year pro has handled a workhorse role for the Dolphins whenever healthy this season, to the tune of 23 total touches in his first game back from IR last weekend. Unless Matt Breida (illness) can return from the COVID-19 list by Saturday, though, it looks like DeAndre Washington will serve as Gaskins' primary backup.

Dec 11, 2020 10:34 AM EST

Another limited session

Gaskin (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins continue to manage Gaskins' reps, which isn't too surprising considering that he spent Weeks 9 through 12 on IR due to a knee injury. Miami has shown a clear desire to utilize Gaskin in a workhorse role as long as he's healthy, and the team doesn't currently have much in the way of backfield depth behind him. As long as he's able to keep practicing in at least a limited capacity, Gaskin figures to be in fair shape to face the Chiefs on Sunday.

Dec 10, 2020 11:20 AM EST

Limited in practice

Gaskin (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Gaskin handled a workhorse role (23 touches) during last Sunday's win over the Bengals, his return from a four-game absence, so it's possible that the Dolphins are simply capping his reps for maintenance purposes. The fact that all of Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), DeAndre Washington (hamstring) and Matt Breida (illness) are dealing with injuries/ailments could also influence Miami to take a cautious approach to Gaskins' health. The second-year pro will look to ramp up his activity as Week 14's matchup against the Chiefs approaches.

Dec 9, 2020 1:57 PM EST

Strong all-around effort in win

Gaskin (knee) rushed 21 times for 90 yards and secured both targets for 51 yards in the Dolphins' 19-7 win over the Bengals on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: Fresh off a four-game absence and injured-reserve stint due to a knee issue, Gaskin stepped right back into a bell cow role with multiple backfield mates sidelined for the Week 13 contest. Gaskin did find running room surprisingly hard to come by at times against a Bengals defense that had frequently been gashed by running backs, but he ultimately put together a solid fantasy performance courtesy of solid volume and by gaining double-digit yardage on both catches. Gaskin's day could have been even bigger had he been able to convert at least one of the multiple red-zone carries he received throughout the contest, but he'll nevertheless head into a Week 14 showdown against the Chiefs with another strong effort under his belt.

Dec 6, 2020 1:59 PM EST

Likely to serve in lead role

Gaskin (knee) is expected to operate as the Dolphins' lead back Sunday against the Bengals, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: After Gaskin missed the past month with an MCL sprain, the Dolphins may have preferred to ease him back into action this week in a committee role, but the team doesn't have many options on hand with Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), DeAndre Washington (hamstring) and Matt Breida (reserve/COVID-19 list) all sidelined. Beyond Gaskin, the lightly-used Patrick Laird checks in as the top backup, while wide receiver Lynn Bowden looms as a backfield option in Wildcat formations. Gaskin was solid if unspectacular while working as Miami's lead option for the first eight games of the season, playing no fewer than 63 percent of the offensive snaps in any of those contests while racking up 585 total yards, 30 receptions and two touchdowns.

Dec 6, 2020 9:12 AM EST

Set for Sunday

Gaskin (knee) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Gaskin's status became all the more important Friday following Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and DeAndre Washington (hamstring) both being listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Bengals, on top of Matt Breida landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Expect the second-year back to command the majority of the team's snaps with Patrick Laird occasionally sliding in during pass-catching downs.

Dec 5, 2020 12:51 PM EST

Could be activated Saturday

Coach Brian Flores said Friday that there's a chance Gaskin (knee) could be activated off IR on Saturday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Flores was officially non-committal about Gaskins' prospects of coming off IR, but given that Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and DeAndre Washington (hamstring) are both doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bengals, and Matt Breida is dealing with an illness, the Dolphins are in dire need of backfield reinforcements. Gaskin was Miami's clear starter prior to missing the last four games due to an MCL injury, so if he's in shape to play he'll surely reclaim the lead role.

Dec 4, 2020 11:02 AM EST

Not playing Sunday

Gaskin (knee) will not play Sunday after the running back was not activated off injured reserve in time to be eligible to play in the contest, Cameron Wolfe of reports.

Analysis: There was some thought Gaskin could play after serving his mandatory three-game stint on injured reserve, but Saturday's lack of announcement means he'll be unable to play Sunday against the Jets. With Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) also ruled out, Matt Breida will step into the starting role with Patrick Laird and DeAndre Washington expected to chip in as complementary pieces.

Nov 28, 2020 2:34 PM EST

Could be activated this week

Coach Brian Flores relayed Friday that the team's coaching staff will review the film on Gaskin (knee) before determining if he'll be activated for Sunday's game against the Jets, Cameron Wolfe of reports.

Analysis: Gaskin, who is still on IR, has been practicing this week and if he is indeed deemed fit to play this weekend, there's a path for him to reclaim the team's lead role, with Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) having been ruled out for Sunday's contest. Miami's other backfield options include Matt Breida, Patrick Laird and DeAndre Washington.

Nov 27, 2020 10:53 AM EST

Designated for return

The Dolphins will officially designated Gaskin (knee) for a return from IR on Wednesday, Cameron Wolfe of reports.

Analysis: Gaskin practiced in a non-contact jersey Wednesday, and the Dolphins will now have 21 days to evaluate the 23-year-old without his counting against the roster limit. Undrafted rookie Salvon Ahmed has impressed enough in recent weeks that Miami likely won't feel the need to rush Gaskin back into action for Sunday's game against the Jets unless he's truly back to full health. Gaskin handled a three-down role in the Dolphins' backfield during the first eight weeks of the season.

Nov 25, 2020 9:50 AM EST

Faring well in recovery

Gaskin (knee) is recovering well from the MCL sprain he sustained Nov. 1, but the Dolphins haven't indicated that he'll be activated from injured reserve this week, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Gaskin is first eligible to return from IR in Week 12 after sitting out the minimum three games with the injury. Before his potential addition to the 53-man roster can be set in motion, the Dolphins would have to designate him to return from IR, a transaction that would allow the 23-year-old to resume practicing. If the Dolphins aren't convinced Gaskin is healthy enough to play this weekend against the Jets, the team would likely rely on undrafted rookie Salvon Ahmed to lead the ground attack for another game.

Nov 24, 2020 2:29 PM EST

Headed for IR

Gaskin (knee) will be placed on IR and miss a minimum of three games, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Gaskin's original timetable for a return from a sprained MCL was roughly three games, so it makes sense for the team to put the back on IR and clear up a roster spot. It makes for a tough position group to gauge, as Matt Brieda (hamstring) and Patrick Laird (ankle) are both dealing with injuries of their own. The Dolphins may soon find themselves using Jordan Howard again, who had been a healthy scratch for three consecutive games. They also acquired Deandre Washington via trade, but he'll have to quarantine and test for COVID-19 before being allowed to suit up.

Nov 5, 2020 6:08 AM EST

In line to sit out three games

Gaskin is expected to miss the Dolphins' next three games due to a sprained MCL, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Gaskin has been the team's top RB by a long shot this season, combining for 585 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 130 touches through seven games. His work on the ground has been modest (3.9 YPC), but he also has gathered in 30 of 35 targets (86 percent catch rate). With such a void to fill in the backfield, Miami dealt for DeAndre Washington before Tuesday's deadline. Washington will join healthy bodies Matt Breida, Patrick Laird (ankle), Lynn Bowden, Jordan Howard and Salvon Ahmed in the backfield.

Nov 3, 2020 1:48 PM EST

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