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Gaskin rushed five times for 25 yards and caught four of five targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 35-0 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Miami had to abandon the running game after falling behind early, and Gaskin worked in a three-man rotation with Malcolm Brown and Salvon Ahmed. All three running backs got either five or six carries but none got much going as Miami struggled to move the ball with backup Jacoby Brissett under center following an early Tua Tagovailoa rib injury. The entire Miami offense will be tough to trust in Week 3 against the Raiders if Tagovailoa's absence lingers.
Sep 19, 2021 3:13 PM EST
Gaskin carried the ball nine times for 49 yards in Sunday's Week 1 victory against the Patriots. He also added five receptions for 27 yards.
Analysis: Gaskin led the Miami backfield with nine carries, though Malcolm Brown and Salvon Ahmed combined for eight carries. He was fairly efficient with those touches, recording gains of 15 yards and an additional carry of eight yards. Gaskin also produced well as a receiver, as he led the team with five receptions and successfully hauled in all of his targets. Though he may not see workhorse volume, Gaskin appears to be set for a significant role in Week 2 against Buffalo.
Sep 12, 2021 7:59 PM EST
Gaskin rushed six times for 27 yards and a touchdown and secured all four targets for 44 yards and another score in the Dolphins' 37-17 preseason win over the Falcons on Saturday night.
Analysis: Gaskin made a strong case for being deployed as a true lead back in a crowded backfield come the regular season with Saturday's versatile performance. The third-year back had a hand in both of Miami's first-half touchdowns, finding the end zone from a yard out on the ground in the first quarter before adding an eight-yard receiving score to cap off an 11-play drive early in the second quarter. Gaskin also saw his likely primary competitor for touches, offseason signee Malcolm Brown, turn in a solid 10-carry, 43-yard tally, so it's likely the two players and Salvon Ahmed still see a fair share of work week to week, with Gaskin seemingly having a good opportunity to lead the pack by at least a modest degree.
Aug 21, 2021 7:33 PM EST
Coach Brian Flores said the Dolphins will employ Gaskin, Malcolm Brown and Salvon Ahmed "situationally as best fits their skill set and what's best for the team," Barry Jackson and Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald report.
Analysis: "Gaskin can play first, second, third down, but depending on the situation, we may put another player in there," Flores said. He then called Gaskin a "chance of place" player as compared to "a power back" in Brown. Flores simply said Ahmed "has good speed, coming out of the backfield." In last weekend's preseason loss to Chicago, it was Brown who go the start at running back, with Gaskin and Ahmed coming off the bench. In the regular season it seems almost assured that the Dolphins will deploy a three-man backfield committee, but the actual workload split will warrant close monitoring. Flores' comments still make it seem as though Gaskin will operate as the starter, but he may not be able to repeat the near every-down usage he saw in 2020 if Brown and Ahmed indeed carve out regular weekly roles.
Aug 18, 2021 10:15 AM EST
Gaskin came off the bench in Saturday's 20-13 preseason loss to Chicago, taking four carries for 19 yards and one catch for three yards.
Analysis: Gaskin's performance wasn't an issue, but fantasy managers might be nervous to see free-agent addition Malcom Brown getting the start at RB as well as the first four carries. Brown finished with eight carries for only nine yards and was even stuffed on a 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line, but while his stat line may be ugly, the usage/role was promising. It was the other way around for Gaskin, who seemed on track for the lead role in Miami's backfield after his quasi-breakout in 2020. The snap division in Saturday's game suggests that's no sure thing, with Gaskin playing well into the second quarter and sharing shaps with Salvon Ahmed for the second-string offense after Brown and starting QB Tua Tagovailoa were done for the afternoon. Miami's backfield will be closely watched in the second week of the preseason, facing Atlanta on Sat., Aug. 21.
Aug 14, 2021 1:26 PM EST
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 ESPN.com 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
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
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
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
Gaskin (illness) won't be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ESPN.com 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
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