BY NICK ST. DENIS
The Miami Dolphins are gaining just 3.7 yards a carry and 69.6 yards a game on the ground, a far cry from what they expected from the duo of Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas at the start of the season.
Miami's next tailback on the depth chart in Marcus Thigpen thinks he can help, but the team has been reluctant to work the kick returner into the offensive backfield.
“It’s a little frustrating because I know I can give the team a little spark,” Thigpen said earlier this week, via the Sun-Sentinel. “But I do understand what they have on their plate as well.”
Thigpen has just one carry for eight yards this season but did haul in a 50-yard reception against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. He's near the top of the league in return average and said he recently approached running backs coach Jeff Nixon about expanding his role.
Nixon and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman assured Thigpen they were looking for ways to get him more involved in the offense, but it sounds like Thigpen isn't getting his hopes up until in actually happens.
“It gives me confidence to know they’ve been thinking about it," Thigpen said, "but at the same time I’m just waiting."
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