Through eight games, the Miami Dolphins backfield has been arguably the most successful in the league.
They lead the league in yards per carry (5.9) and rushing yards per game (151.8) while their lead back, Raheem Mostert, has recorded the most rushing touchdowns so far this year (10).
Rookie sensation De’Von Achane, in essentially just three games, took the NFL by storm, totaling 527 yards and seven touchdowns on 47 total touches.
These efforts have warranted attention by not just those around the league, but some of the best that it had to offer in previous generations.
Appearing on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take,” former Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis listed the Dolphins backfield, and Achane specifically, as some of his favorites to watch in the game today.
“It’s hard not to say Christian McCaffrey because I know the system that he’s in, but I think those backs in Miami,” Portis said. “That kid Achane, when he comes back, that separates Miami. That gives them another dimension. I like guys like that. I like guys who can hit the home run from anywhere… I love the young guy, the explosive guy, who can take it the distance from anywhere.”
Achane has been on injured reserve for three games and can officially return after Miami’s Week 10 bye, and if the offensive line has three or four of their starters back, the run game should flourish for Mike McDaniel’s team.
It’s amazing to see what a 31-year-old back, who many had written off due to past injuries, and a rookie can do in McDaniel’s offense.