Miami Dolphins: To say that the first few weeks of the season have been eventful would be an understatement at this point. So much so, that it’s almost easy to overlook the fact that one of the top running backs in the league has yet to make his season debut.
Jonathan Taylor has had a high-profile contract dispute with the Indianapolis Colts this past summer, which eventually led to the team placing him on the reserve/PUP list after failing to find a trade deal for him in the offseason. However, with the All-Pro RB nearing the end of his four weeks in the reserve/PUP list, you can be sure that Taylor’s going to make headlines again in the near future.
Raheem Mostert Unfazed by Jonathan Taylor Trade Buzz
One team that was linked to a swoop on the former Offensive Player of the Year was the Dolphins. It remains unclear if Miami made an actual trade offer to the Colts, but there’s no denying that the Dolphins emerged as one of Taylor’s top landing spots as he attempted to facilitate his Indianapolis exit.
At this point, however, Miami is rolling. They’re 3-0 to start the new season, and their offense is clicking incredibly right now. The fact that they dropped a mind-blowing 70 points on the Denver Broncos on Sunday is an undeniably clear testament to this fact.
Be that as it may, it would not be a complete shock if the Dolphins get linked to Taylor again in the coming weeks. For his part, Miami’s starting RB Raheem Mostert isn’t paying much attention to the buzz:
“There’s always going to be talk, but, you know, I just don’t listen to it nor does anybody else,” Mostert said, via Mike Florio of PFT. “We all just try to go out here and do our thing.”
Raheem Mostert, De’Von Achane Making Waves for Miami Dolphins
As he said, Mostert is doing his thing for Miami right now. Over the course of the first three games of the season, the 31-year-old has rushed for 240 yards and an eye-opening six touchdowns — that’s already three more than he scored all season long for Miami last term.
Does this mean that the Dolphins are not going to make another run for Taylor if he becomes available again?
Whatever the case might be, it’s not just Mostert who has been making waves for Miami of late. Rookie running back De’Von Achane has also made quite an impact in his first few games for the Dolphins. Even Mostert himself has taken notice:
“I think he did a great job,” Mostert said. “You know, he’s a rookie. He understands the scheme and he’s a sponge. I keep saying that over and over. He’s definitely a sponge.”
You have to note, though, that Jonathan Taylor is still one of the best running backs in the NFL, and at 24, he has the ability to establish himself as any team’s cornerstone RB for the coming years. I guess we’ll find out in the coming weeks whether or not the Dolphins still want him or not.