|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 201 lb.|
|Born:||August 17, 1995|
|Drafted:||2019 / UDFA|
Laird is joined by offseason acquisitions Jordan Howard and Matt Breida in the Miami backfield, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Salguero projects Laird for the third spot at running back, ahead of Kalen Ballage, Myles Gaskin (ankle) and De'Lance Turner. While he averaged only 2.7 yards on 62 carries last season, Laird showed some skill in the passing game with 23 catches for 204 yards on 30 targets (6.8 YPT), and he also finished seventh on the team with 259 special-teams snaps. Laird fits the mold of what NFL teams usually like for the final RB spot on a 53-man roster.
Laird carried the ball 11 times for 21 yards during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Patriots. He also secured four of five targets for 48 yards.
Analysis: Laird once again did most of his damage through the air while struggling to produce on the ground in Sunday's season finale. The undrafted rookie out of California wraps up the 2019 season with 62 carries for 168 yards (2.7 YPC) and one touchdown. He also caught 24 of 30 targets for 204 yards. While it seems extremely unlikely that the Dolphins will deploy Laird as the lead back in 2020, the 24-year-old's solid performance down the stretch may very well secure him a rotational or depth role.
Laird rushed eight times for 17 yards during Sunday's 38-35 overtime win against the Bengals. He also caught his only target for one yard.
Analysis: Laird logged few touches than fellow rookie Myles Gaskin (ankle), who rushed 16 times for 55 yards and a touchdown, indicating that he may have bumped down to the No. 2 role on Miami's depth chart. Gaskin was carted off the field due to a left ankle in the fourth quarter Week 16, however, and if he were to miss any time Laird could be in line to handle the bulk of backfield reps during Week 17's finale against the Patriots.
Laird rushed 12 times for 46 yards and caught two of five targets for eight yards in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Laird couldn't get much going in this one, as his most notable play resulted in a Giants safety after the 24-year-old running back was tackled in his own end zone. He operated in a near-even split with Myles Gaskin, who rushed nine times for 43 yards and added two catches for 29 yards. Expect the two running backs to remain in a timeshare against the generous Bengals run defense in Week 16.
Laird rushed 15 times for 48 yards and caught four of five targets for 38 more in Sunday's 22-21 loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Laird operated as Miami's featured back, but he finished with 17 fewer rushing yards than quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The man Fitzpatrick nicknamed "The intern" is a full-fledged employee now, having touched the ball 33 times in the past two weeks. Desperate owners could do worse than Laird against the Giants in Week 15.
Laird is expected to see increased work out of the backfield after Kalen Ballage (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Safid Dean of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Ballage sustained the injury during Sunday's win over the Eagles, and Laird subsequently led the backfield with 10 carries for five yards while catching four of five targets for 43 yards. The undrafted rookie ended up playing 43 offensive snaps in the contest, far outpacing next man up Myles Gaskin (16 snaps). The Jets' stout run defense presents a tough matchup for Week 14, but Laird could retain some value as a pass catcher with 12 receptions on 14 targets for 109 yards in the last four games.
Laird ran for five yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and hauled in four of five targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 37-31 win against Philadelphia.
Analysis: The rookie back out of California stepped up following Kalen Ballage's (leg) second-quarter exit, garnering seven more rush attempts than any other Dolphins player on the afternoon and finishing tied for third on the team in targets. Though his rushing efficiency was putrid Sunday, he had been economical on a limited sample size coming into Week 13, rushing for 31 yards on his first six NFL carries and turning eight receptions into 66 yards. Even if Ballage is forced to sit out Miami's Week 14 game and Laird is thrust into a prime role, he would still be a risky play given that the Jets have held opposing backs to a meager 3.0 yards per rush on the year.
Laird carried the ball three times for 20 yards during Sunday's 41-24 loss to the Browns. He also failed to catch his only target.
Analysis: Laird didn't see much volume as a receiver during Sunday's blowout loss, but he did show some explosiveness in very limited work as a rusher. If concerns about No. 1 running back Kalen Ballage's lack of efficiency (1.9 YPC) continue to mount, it's possible that Laird and fellow rookie Myles Gaskin could carve out increased roles down the stretch.
Laird carried the ball once for seven yards during Sunday's loss to the Bills. He also caught all six of his targets for 51 yards.
Analysis: Laird was effectively utilized as an aerial complement to Kalen Ballage during Sunday's divisional loss. The game script played out favorably for the rookie, as Miami trailed through all four quarters of the contest and was forced to lean on the aerial attack. Laird figures to play a similar role Week 12 against the Browns, but he won't be worth fantasy consideration outside of the deepest of leagues.
Laird (coach's decision) will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of California made the roster out of camp, but will have to wait another week to make his NFL debut. With Laird out, the Dolphins will role with Mark Walton as their third-string running back.
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