Jesse Chatman may make run at Ronnie Brown
In the coming month or so, be very vigilant of what is going on with the Dolphins running back situation. Despite the fact Brown remains the starter now and likely will stay that way for some time, Dolphins coaches are really intrigued with Jesse Chatman.
Chatman has shown, at times, an ability to break tackles that Brown has not shown the new staff yet. In the game against Jacksonville, you saw Chatman turn a dull offensive evening into something to feel OK about when he broke off a 74-yard run.
What coaches saw was that Chatman improvised, bouncing off a hole that was closed, cutting back, then out-running defenders to the end zone. Granted, it was against second- and third-team defenders, but he was working with second- and third-team offensive linemen.
It bears noting that Chatman is a back Cam Cameron knows well since his days at San Diego. It bears noting that GM Randy Mueller has had a hand in bringing Chatman to the Dolphins twice now in the last three seasons.
It also bears noting that Chatman, while not exactly time-tested, isn't a scrapheap rookie. He has played in the NFL and succeeded. He had a career-best 103 yards on 11 carries, including a 41-yard TD against Jacksonville in 2004.
During the regular season.
He averaged 6 yards per carry that season for the Chargers.
Now I am not saying Ronnie Brown is about to lose his job. I am not trying to create a running back controversy (not yet anyway). But I am giving everyone a heads up that Chatman is coming on while Brown's first action of the preseason netted 8 yards on 8 carries.
It also shouldn't escape everyone's attention that Brown was drafted by Nick Saban so the current Miami braintrust has no vested interest in him. If he's great, he's great and everyone's happy.
But if he's not as good as the guy behind him, there is no pressure to prop him up because neither Cameron nor Mueller picked him.
So check to see how the two runners compare against KC and the rest of the preseason. In fact, keep your eyes open to this budding competition the entire season.