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Patrick Laird

Miami Dolphins
Running Back #0
Miami Dolphins
Running Back #0

Patrick Laird News

Signed to practice squad

The Dolphins signed Laird to the practice squad Wednesday, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Laird has been a solid reserve option and special-teams contributor for the Dolphins over the last two seasons, in which span he's suited up for 31 games. Though he won't begin the 2021 regular season on the 53-man roster, it wouldn't be surprising to see him bump up should Miami suffer any backfield injuries.

Sep 2, 2021 4:16 AM EST


Cut by Dolphins

Laird was waived by the Dolphins on Tuesday.

Analysis: Laird appeared in 31 games for Miami over the past two seasons and totaled 75 carries for 140 yards while catching 33 passes for 272 yards and one total touchdown. Myles Gaskin, Malcolm Brown and Salvon Ahmed will open the 2021 campaign on the 53-man roster for the Dolphins.

Aug 31, 2021 2:25 PM EST



Invisible in finale

Laird played two offensive snaps during Week 17's 56-26 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Laird closed out the 2020 campaign with his second game in a row sans either a carry or target. With both Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed available, Laird's opportunities for backfield work effectively dried up. Even if the Dolphins don't make significant additions to the running back room during the offseason, Laird's best-case scenario for 2021 would likely be to begin the year in a reserve role.

Jan 5, 2021 3:00 PM EST


Sticks to special teams

Laird didn't garner any carries or targets during Saturday's 26-25 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: Laird's entire 15-snap workload came via special teams during Miami's Week 16 win. The 25-year-old had taken a combined 50 offensive snaps over the Dolphins' preceding two outings against Kansas City and New England. However, with Myles Gaskin having returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time to face the Raiders, Laird was relegated from the offense entirely.

Dec 29, 2020 4:39 PM EST


Two catches against Pats

Laird had two carries for 20 yards during Sunday's 22-12 win over the Patriots. He also secured both of his targets for 12 yards.

Analysis: Laird worked as a depth and change-of-pace option behind Salvon Ahmed and Matt Breida in Week 15, logging runs of eight and 12 yards. If Myles Gaskin (undisclosed) can return from the COVID-19 list for Week 16, however, Laird's role on offense could dissipate entirely.

Dec 21, 2020 12:40 PM EST



Just five touches again

Laird had four carries for 19 yards during Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Chiefs. He also caught his only target for four yards.

Analysis: Laird appeared to be in position for increased touches when Myles Gaskin (illness) having tested positive for COVID-19 just prior to Sunday's game, but he took a clear back seat to DeAndre Washington. It looks like Gaskin could be forced to miss more time, but Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and Matt Breida (illness) could each have a chance to return against the Patriots in Week 15.

Dec 14, 2020 2:04 PM EST


Gets five touches against Bengals

Laird ran for six yards over three rush attempts, adding two catches for 16 yards during Sunday's 19-7 win against Cincinnati.

Analysis: Laird not only avoided relegation to the coach's dog house after fumbling his only carry last Sunday against the Jets, but he also doubled his previous season high in offensive touches as Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and DeAndre Washington (hamstring) sat out. With Miami moving on from Jordan Howard on Nov. 17, the 25-year-old Laird may see more opportunities down the stretch for the 8-4 Dolphins.

Dec 8, 2020 5:48 PM EST


Fumbles only carry

Laird fumbled his lone nine-yard carry during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The Dolphins never lost control of Sunday's divisional victory over the Jets, despite recording a total of four fumbles as a team, but Laird's contribution to that statistic certainly won't earn him praise from the coaching staff. He has just four carries on the season.

Nov 30, 2020 12:44 PM EST


One touch Week 11

Laird caught his only target for eight yards during Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: The 25-year-old played 17 offensive snaps during the contest but wasn't much of a factor in the gameplan. Matt Breida returned from injury and played only seven snaps while Salvon Ahmed dominated the backfield work.

Nov 24, 2020 6:17 PM EST


Flashes speed in few opportunities

Laird had two carries for 19 yards during Sunday's 29-21 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Laird served as Miami's No. 2 running back Sunday, but he didn't see much action outside of spelling Salvon Ahmed (21 carries for 85 yards and a score). With Jordan Howard no longer on the team, Laird could see a slightly expanded depth role. On the other hand, both Matt Breida (hamstring) and Myles Gaskin (knee) could return to the backfield over the next few weeks, at which point Laird may become completely uninvolved on offense.

Nov 16, 2020 5:35 PM EST


Barely involved in narrow win

Laird had one carry for a loss of one yard and caught his only target for 17 yards during Sunday's 34-31 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Laird was relegated to a reserve role behind Jordan Howard (10 carries) and Salvon Ahmed (seven carries), even on a day when both Myles Gaskin (knee) and Matt Breida (hamstring) were unavailable. He'll remain off the fantasy radar heading into a Week 10 matchup against the Chargers.

Nov 8, 2020 9:46 PM EST


Puts forth full practice

Laird (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: With the Dolphins placing No. 1 back Myles Gaskin (ankle) on injured reserve earlier Thursday, top backup Matt Breida (hamstring) trending toward sitting out Sunday's game in Arizona and trade-deadline pickup DeAndre Washington (COVID-19 protocol) not available to make his debut until Week 9, Laird's ability to shake off the minor ankle injury takes on added importance. Assuming he avoids any further setbacks with his ankle heading into the weekend, Laird should be in line to serve as the Dolphins' top pass-catching back against the Cardinals, while Jordan Howard presumably operates as the team's top option on the ground. Laird has been mostly limited to special-teams work in 2020, but he had a degree of fantasy utility in PPR formats while seeing steady action on offense during the final quarter of the 2019 season. Over those final four contests, Laird averaged 56.7 scrimmage yards and four targets per game.

Nov 5, 2020 11:22 AM EST


Limited participant Wednesday

Laird (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Laird left last week's win over the Rams with this injury, and the ankle is still bothering him, though it's encouraging that he was at least able to practice. That participation puts him ahead of the curve compared to Matt Breida (hamstring), who didn't practice. If Breida's unable to play Sunday against the Cardinals, that could set the stage for Laird to start with Myles Gaskin (knee) sidelined.

Nov 4, 2020 1:18 PM EST


Week 8 return in question

Laird (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's matchup against the Rams, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old has been deployed mostly as a special teamer during his second active pro campaign, fielding 88 snaps in that department to just 24 total on offense. Laird was banged up during the second half of a spirited Miami performance, having yet to get involved on the stat sheet at his time of departure.

Nov 1, 2020 12:41 PM EST


Season-high in offensive snaps

Laird garnered 10 offensive snaps, though he did not register a carry during Sunday's 43-17 win against the 49ers.

Analysis: With Miami carrying a 30-7 lead into the second half, the 25-year-old back saw a higher-than-usual level of involvement Week 5. In fact, Laird's 10 offensive snaps were more than the eight he had between Weeks 1 and 4 combined. Laird hasn't fielded an offensive touch since recording two receptions in the season opener against New England, but with a matchup against the Jets on the Week 6 docket, Laird may in line for some more playing time.

Oct 13, 2020 5:27 PM EST


Scarcely involved against Jags

Laird did not garner any rush attempts or targets during Thursday's 31-13 win against Jacksonville.

Analysis: The 25-year-old back garnered just one offensive snap during Thursday Night Football, securing the vast majority of his work on special teams while Myles Gaskin (seven carries), Matt Breida (seven) and Jordan Howard (five) split Miami's RB rushing attempts. Laird hauled in both of his targets for nine yards Week 1 against the Bills, but he remains without a carry through the early stages of his second pro campaign. Week 4 does not offer a promising matchup for the Dolphins' backfield in general, with Miami opposing Seattle's No. 2 rush defense.

Sep 29, 2020 7:49 PM EST


Healthy ahead of Week 1

Laird is not on Wednesday's injury report, Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Laird is healthy heading into Miami's season opener. Just how involved he'll be is a different story, as he's currently buried behind Jordan Howard, Matt Breida and Myles Gaskin on the running back depth chart.

Sep 9, 2020 12:29 PM EST


Undisclosed injury

Laird missed Tuesday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Laird is competing with Kalen Ballage, Myles Gaskin and Malcolm Perry for what could be two spots on the final roster, so he'll look to retake the field as soon as possible. The 25-year-old's versatility and special-teams chops should make him a strong candidate for the final depth spot in the backfield, health permitting.

Aug 25, 2020 5:44 PM EST


Gets competition in backfield

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.

Apr 30, 2020 5:33 AM EST


Lukewarm finish to season

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.

Dec 30, 2019 8:41 AM EST


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