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Arian Foster | Running Back | #34

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 227
College: Tennessee
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The Palm Beach Post believes Arian Foster "may end up with more touches this season than starter Jay Ajayi."
Ajayi has started each of Miami's first three preseason games and may get the nominal start in Week 1 at Seattle, but Foster has looked like the better, more versatile back. The Palm Peach Post's Joe Schad believes Foster "should be a central figure in the Dolphins' offense." Foster is an injury risk, but he is also drafted as such. He remains well worthy of a middle-round stab. Aug 26 - 1:46 PM

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Arian Foster rushed five times for 10 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-2 targets for 20 yards in the Dolphins' third preseason game.

Jay Ajayi started the game, but Foster was the more-effective back. He showed nifty moves on his receptions and his short touchdown run, using his always-superb vision to maneuver around the Falcons' defense en route to pay dirt. The Dolphins gave four running backs first-team snaps -- Ajayi, Foster, Isaiah Pead, and Damien Williams. The offense moved best with Foster on the field. Although he will remain a major injury risk, that risk is also baked into Foster's middle-round ADP. He should open the season as a lower-end RB2 option.
Aug 25 - 9:33 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he hopes to "take a long look" at Arian Foster this week.

"We didn't have much to evaluate," Gase said of Foster's first preseason action last week. "Whatever carries he had, there wasn't much there to try to create." Foster was held to -5 yards on two carries in his debut, but the line carries much of the blame for his struggles. Foster should get plenty of opportunities to redeem himself Thursday night against the Falcons.
Aug 23 - 9:32 AM

Arian Foster was held to two carries for -5 yards in his preseason debut.

Foster played behind Jay Ajayi, but saw time with the first team. He looked rusty, and was mostly limited to third-down/redzone situations. Foster should have more of a workload in Miami's third preseason game.
Aug 19 - 10:15 PM

Arian Foster (Achilles') is active for Friday's preseason game.

As expected. Miami rested Foster in their preseason opener, but he'll get a few series against Dallas. Foster and Jay Ajayi should both get first-team reps.
Aug 19 - 7:10 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he is "pretty sure" Arian Foster will play in the second preseason game.

Miami was cautious with Foster in the first preseason game, but they need to get him some reps with the first-team offense. With both Foster and Jay Ajayi likely to play, it will be interesting to watch who gets the start. Ajayi struggled in last week's game.
Aug 16 - 11:12 AM

Arian Foster (Achilles', rest) will not play in the Dolphins' preseason opener on Friday.

The Dolphins are just being cautious with the 30-year-old (this month). Jay Ajayi should get the start, with backups Damien Williams, Kenyan Drake, Daniel Thomas, and Isaiah Pead mixing in after the first couple series.
Aug 10 - 11:05 AM

The Miami Herald reports there is "growing optimism" Arian Foster can be "the guy" at running back.

Today has been Foster buzz day at camp. As Foster continues to look smooth, Jay Ajayi rehabs a knee issue on the sideline. Asked about the Dolphins' 2015 committee approach at running back, OC Clyde Christensen said it's something the team hopes to avoid. "We really need someone to emerge as the guy," Christensen said. "We don't want to substitute. ... We really need one guy to be a three-down back, stay in there for that drive." Every indication has been Miami wants Foster to be that bell-cow.
Aug 4 - 2:32 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Arian Foster is "head and shoulders" the best running back on the Dolphins.

Foster has been soaking up all the first-team reps this week with Jay Ajayi nursing a knee injury. It's merely a bone bruise for Ajayi, but it's enough to cost him valuable time. Foster is taking the starting job and running with it. Odds are heavily in Foster's favor for him to open the season as the No. 1 running back. Of course, Foster's own injury history makes him a risky fantasy pick.
Aug 4 - 10:20 AM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase made it sound like Arian Foster will be the team's No. 1 back this season.

Gase left little doubt Foster is being prepared to be the Dolphins' starter. "He is going to be working with the ones the whole training camp," Gase said. "His resume speaks for itself. I don’t think there’s any question why we brought him in here. He’s playing this year. Whether he’s the guy that will be the first snap of the game, time will tell. He is going to be rolling with the ones." Jay Ajayi's setback with his knee has further solidified Foster's place atop the depth chart.
Aug 1 - 10:19 PM

Dolphins weight and conditioning coach Dave Polucka said Arian Foster "annihilated" his conditioning test.

Gase said Foster was "really ready to go" when he reported to Dolphins camp. "When I watch him run routes, he's so smooth. Effortless," said Gase, who plans to use Foster as a receiving back. Things keep looking up for Foster, who has made a seamless recovery from a torn Achilles. Originally thought to be a backup, Foster is now expected to take the reigns as Miami's starter. Even while playing hurt last season, Foster remained a productive pass-catcher with 22 catches for 227 yards in four contests. None of this is good news for Jay Ajayi owners.
Jul 31 - 11:31 AM

Dolphins activated RB Arian Foster (Achilles) from the active/PUP list.

He'll take the roster spot left by Dion Jordan, who was placed on the active/NFI list with a knee injury. Despite an injury-plagued 2015 campaign with Houston, Foster is expected to be the Dolphins' Week 1 starter. Second-year back Jay Ajayi will need a superb camp to unseat Foster atop Miami's running back depth chart.
Jul 31 - 9:17 AM

Dolphins placed RB Arian Foster (Achilles') on the active/PUP list.

According to Dolphins beat writers, it's merely a precaution, as this is pretty typical for veterans coming off serious injuries. Foster has said he's healthy after tearing his Achilles' last year, but Miami is just taking it slow. Consider him day-to-day. When Foster is able to practice, he's expected to run with the starters.
Jul 29 - 9:20 AM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson considers Arian Foster "the favorite" to start over Jay Ajayi as long as Foster is "completely healthy."

Coach Adam Gase has been talking up Foster the past week-plus since Foster signed a one-year deal. Ajayi is an unproven second-year pro who has some injury concerns of his own and doesn't have the pass-game skill set Foster possesses. Foster is no sure thing from an injury standpoint, either, but signs have been pointing to him being very involved since signing a contract last week. At this point, Foster will probably have to get hurt and/or Ajayi will need an incredible summer to take back the top spot on the Dolphins' depth chart.
Jul 26 - 11:06 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase once again praised Arian Foster's receiving ability.

It's worth noting that Gase was prompted, and in general is still talking like Foster will be competing on all downs, not just third. "He’s the type of guy that he can run his route tree similar to what a wide receiver’s is," Gase said. "When we worked him out, I put him in a couple of spots just to see how that looked and he runs about as smooth as any running back that I’ve ever seen." Again, Foster is still very much in the mix on early downs, but at the very least, it's clear the Dolphins are envisioning him catching passes. Jay Ajayi needs to have the camp of his life.
Jul 26 - 1:41 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Tannehill
2Matt Moore
3Brandon Doughty
4Zac Dysert
RB1Jay Ajayi
2Arian Foster
3Isaiah Pead
4Damien Williams
5Kenyan Drake
GLB1Arian Foster
2Jay Ajayi
3RB1Arian Foster
2Jay Ajayi
WR11Jarvis Landry
2Leonte Carroo
3Jakeem Grant
4Rashawn Scott
WR21Kenny Stills
2DeVante Parker
3Griff Whalen
WR31DeVante Parker
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Dion Sims
3MarQueis Gray
4Thomas Duarte
5Dominique Jones
LT1Branden Albert
2Dallas Thomas
LG1Laremy Tunsil
2Jamil Douglas
C1Mike Pouncey
2Anthony Steen
RG1Jermon Bushrod
2Billy Turner
3Kraig Urbik
RT1Ja'Wuan James
2Sam Young
3Ulrick John
K1Andrew Franks