Larry Johnson joins Reggie Bush in Miami Dolphins backfield

Over the past few years, the Miami Dolphins have had one of the best running attacks in the NFL. With the two-headed monster of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown coming out of the backfield, the Dolphins have been incredibly hard to stop in the ground game and were able to use one of the most dynamic offenses in the league with the Wildcat.

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Coming into this NFL regular season though, the Miami Dolphins backfield will look completely different as free agents Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams decided to sign with Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens. As a result of their aging veteran running backs heading to the Eagles and the Ravens, the Dolphins went out and made a trade for Reggie Bush from the New Orleans Saints and have now acquired two-time Pro Bowler Larry Johnson.

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The trade to get Reggie Bush was a brilliant move in my opinion as they were able to get him at a discount price and no other player in the league is more suited for the Wildcat offense than the former Heisman trophy winner out of USC. Not only did they get their hands on what could be the breakout running back of the year, but they also drafted rookie running back Daniel Thomas and brought in a veteran in Larry Johnson that is looking to prove that he can still play at a high level in the NFL.

Needless to say, the Miami Dolphins could be one of the best running teams in the league this season with a potential playoff appearance in the near future. It will be interesting to see whether or not Larry Johnson does have something left in the tank though as his short stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins didn’t impress anyone.

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The Miami Dolphins did choose to sign Larry Johnson over two other veteran running backs in Tiki Barber who is looking to make a return to the NFL and Clinton Portis who Johnson actually played behind in Washington. With that being said, the Dolphins may have seen something special in the two-time Pro Bowler and thought that giving him another shot would pay off.

The real question mark for the Miami Dolphins now is the quarterback position. Ever since Dan Marino retired, the Dolphins have been unable to replace the Hall of Famer under center and it looks there will be yet another season with an unreliable gunslinger as the leader of the offense. Chad Henne might be able to surprise some people this season now that he has Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush at his disposal in the passing game, but smart money says that he will struggle once again and might convince the Dolphins that he is not the answer they are looking for under center and a change is needed.

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