Monday, May 6, 2013
Gillislee's role as a rookie
By Tim Kavanagh
Throughout the offseason -- and especially after the departure of Reggie Bush -- the word from the Miami Dolphins has been that they were content going into the 2013 season with a combination of Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller out of the backfield. However, they also added one of the draft's top speedsters in Mike Gillislee in Round 5, and he is going to push for a big role as a rookie.
Gillislee was not a featured part of the Florida offense until his senior season in 2013, but he did well once he got that opportunity, rushing for 1,152 yards and 11 touchdowns this past campaign. The key will be learning how to play in Miami's offense, a task he's already attacked with aplomb. "It looked like he had some good burst out there," HC Joe Philbin said after rookie minicamp, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "He's picked up the offense relatively well so far."
We'll get a better sense of where Gillislee fits in to the Dolphins' picture at RB later this summer, but he's off to a good start:
James WalkerObservations from Dolphins rookie camp
"The rookie who showed the most flashes Friday was running back Mike Gillislee. The former University of Florida product and fifth-round pick made several nice runs in team drills. It's difficult to evaluate running backs when there's no contact. But Gillislee comes to Miami after a strong senior season and has a chance to compete in a group that includes projected starter Lamar Miller and backup Daniel Thomas."