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David Hinds: On a journey climbing from the bottom

After the Dolphins rookie minicamp last weekend, the personnel department brought the dozen or so players that were trying out into the team room. General Manager Jeff Ireland got in front of the group, thanked them all for their work and announced he was signing only one of them.

The general manager then dismissed everyone and one of his assistants grabbed that one player who still had no clue he was the one just selected.

Meet David Hinds. Outside Linebacker.

Hinds is the newest and perhaps most inspiring Dolphins rookie. He has a long, long way to go but he just made the leap from not being draft or signed as a free agent to getting a tryout -- a process that rarely turns into NFL success -- and now he's got a contract and a chance to live his dream.

"I didn't really understand at first," Hinds said. "I didn't really understand how the tryouts really went. But the guy came up to me after the meeting and I was shocked. Praise God, that's the first thing I felt. Praise God. I felt like going down with emotion, but I kept it together. God is amazing."

The Dolphins congratulated Hinds, explained what they expect of him, and signed him to a contract.

"I called my dad once I got to my car because he was praying for me and when we were watching the draft together he was down but didn't say anything because he didn't want me to feel bad," Hinds said. "I knew it bothered him a lot that I didn't get drafted so I called him and told him and it was great."

When the Dolphins announced the signing on Sunday it was almost an afterthought because it went out in the same media release as the more newsworthy and prominent Tyson Clabo signing. But that didn't seem to matter in Hinds' world.

His phone blew up.

"I didn't have to tell anybody because I was getting calls from all over the place," he said. "It was a great feeling. I was humbled by it, man.

"It is one of the biggest moments of my life. You don't know what to expect but this was what I wanted to do since I was a little kid. I get to stay home. This is where I'm from. It takes a lot of stress off going somewhere else while I'm trying to accomplish this goal."

Hinds will get his chance on special teams and at outside linebacker. He's not big at 6-0 and 223 pounds. But he is quick (4.7 in the 40) and smart.

"I'm not the biggest guy but my speed, my agility, my reaction time is good," he said. "I feel like I'm a good cover guy."

Hinds attended the regional and super regional combine. He didn't attend the one in Indianapolis. And then he relied on his work in front of Miami coaches to speak on his behalf. 

"Man, honestly I went out there and gave it my all," he said. "I wanted to learn. I wanted to compete. I just wanted to show the coaches that I could be good for the organization. And I prayed a lot. I stayed in my playbook. I felt that if I gave it my all, that's all I could do. I just gave everything I had and just waited for the results."

Said Ireland: "The hard work, attitude and attention to detail David showed during the weekend rookie orientation paid off. As a player invited to try out, David approached the whole process -- highlighted by his work ethic during practices and meetings -- with the type of characteristics that we are looking to add to the Miami Dolphins."

You have to pull for this kid now, no?

He shone even when the draft rejected him. He picked himself up when 32 teams told him time and again that he wasn't worthy of being picked. 

"I reacted positively," Hinds said. "It was just me, my dad and my mom. They didn't want to sit down. My mom started cooking and my dad was pacing back and forth and going in and out while doing things around he house. I was the only one that sat there and watched it. I prepped myself because they all told me I'd be either a seventh-rounder or undrafted. So I understood the process. I was ready for it. Regardless, I knew I had a chance to go into somebody's camp."

Hinds understood his chances weren't over. But he didn't really understand how far he had to go. The fact is he didn't get drafted and then the mad dash by teams to fill their rosters with undrafted free agents also passed him by. Trying out off the street was his last chance at, well, a chance.

"I didn't understand that a tryout was different from a free agent at first but after I talked to my agent, I got it. The whole process, I believed in myself. I know there's a plan for me. I feel l can play football so any opportunity I get, I'm going to make the most of it."

So how did Hinds get noticed?

"I went in there and focused on special teams. I focused on being the first person in and trying to be the last person out. I tried to give them my undivided attention, paid attention to the details, and anything they asked me to do, I tried to do it correctly and at 110 percent. I wanted to show them that I belong. And right now, I have to keep showing them that.

"They gave me the opportunity, so now I have to work toward trying to make the 53 man roster and represents the organization best I can."

Hinds is a local boy. Yes, he played at FAU but also is a product of Miami Edison High. He lived in a little apartment behind the plaza on NW 79th street.

"My parents have a shop on 54th street in Little Haiti," Hinds said. "I'd walk home from there."

Hinds played only one year of high school ball at Edison because he didn't qualify academically before his senior year. He still got a full college scholarship and then started for the Owls as a true freshmen.

"I understand I'm at the bottom," Hinds. "I know I've got a long way to go. But I also know how to work myself from the bottom to the top. I'm very humble and I'm going to work my tail off. This organization made a great decision and I'm going to prove them right."

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HEY!!! Canada is not some dumpster for your retarded football players. Not every guy who couldn't cut it in the NFl can make it in Canada. Look up Ricky Williams stats the one year he was in Canada. Not flattering...

Posted by: Rage | May 08, 2013 at 01:57 PM

There's a "never know" in almost everything in life. But never know very rarely places food on the table.

At least "certainty" is a "most of the time". I'll take certainty over never knows anyday.

By the way, didn't Thigpen come from the Great White North also? He turned out pretty good for the Fin's last year,no?

By the way, didn't Thigpen come from the Great White North also? He turned out pretty good for the Fin's last year,no?

YG,

1 Player.

We Aren't Asking.

We Are Hoping For The Kid's Sake He Makes It.

And You Are Running Away From My Question.

You Keep Bringing Up The Florida O-Line Is Worst Than Alabama.

What About The UM O-Line That L. Miller Was Running Behind?

Miller Gained More Yards On A Worst Team And In Less Time In College.

Lacy Will Prove People Wrong This Season. Dashi Isn't Worried About That.

Lacy Gained Almost 2 Yards More A Carry Than Gillislee. I Don't Care How Good Your O-Line Is.

Lacy Averaged More Than A Yard More A Carry Than Ingram And Richardson.

Lacy Averaged Half A Yard More A Carry Than TJ Yeldon. And Yeldon Was The Big Play Back.

And Who Did Gillislee Replace?

If He Was So Good He Would've Been The Lead Back A Long Time Ago.

UF Hasn't Produced A Solid RB Since Fred Taylor.

Ouch. twice

Dude, I am pulling for everyone on the roster. Living in Atlanta,GA. My old lady is a huge Bulldog's fan. We watched Georgia every Saturday (unless the U was on at the same time). We both said what ever team land Reshad Jones is going to have a helluva player for year's to come.
Point being, you never know what you're going to get. Either through 1st round-5th round, through UFA or a CFL transplant.

Mark,

You're correct! There are some very good player in the CFL. Just that many of them would be average players in the nfl. The Nfl already has enough average players.

Many of them would just find it very difficult competing for an Nfl starting position. A few have come to the Nfl, won starting positions, and did very well.

Te Cfl is just where many players that don't make a Nfl roster go to hone and develop their talent. They go there to get better, because being at bottom Nfl throng of the ladder, they are just not able to get the amount of reps some of them need to get better.

No doubt Lamar Miller is a better back than Gillislee. Miller had first rpound talent. Nobody ever thought Gillislee had that. heck, for the better fate of this franchise, Miller better be a better back.

Agreed With Mark.

I've Watched Some CFL Games.

It Is Like Watching Triple A Football. The Talent Is Not That Far Off From The NFL.

And With The Field They Play On. Guys Better Move. Or Get Burned.

Huge Difference Between Arena Football And Pro Football. CFL Is Pro Football. Not At The Highest Stage. But The Stage Closest To NFL Football.

Why Do You Think The USFL, The XFL, And Even NFL Europe Didn't Succeed. Cause The Best Football League After The NFL Is The CFL.

Dashi,

UM doesn't play in the SEC. Plus, Miller had injury issues at UM, he was drafted more on great potential than bulk in production.

Dashi, I swear, a times it seems you really do bump your head. Plus this isn't a Miller/Gillislee debate.

Your defense of Lacy makes as much sense as stuffing your ass crack with tissue paper in prison hoping not to get f'ucked.

Dashi,

Also, your Lacy to Ingram/Richardson comparisons are as weak as wet tissue paper.

Bamma graduated 4 starting olineman this year. Could it also be that after 4 seasons, it was naturally the oline's best season of all, after "4YRS OF PLAYING TOGETHER"?

Geesh, you can be so aloof at times dear Dashi. LOL...

YG,

You Talk About Us Rooting For A Long Shot. But You Are Doing The Same With Gillislee.

Gillislee Was A 5th Round Pick. And He Didn't Drop To The 5th.That Is About Where People Thought He Would Go.

You Are Acting Like You Already Pre Ordered Your Gillislee Jersey. Or Shall I Say Custom Ordered.

At Best The Kid Is A 3rd Down Back. Travis Minor If You Will.

Posted by: rage | May 08, 2013 at 02:10 PM


And..... that's your prerogative. Honestly, Im done with that topic with you, and it would not disappoint me in the least if you moved on to another topic.

Dashi,

Gillislee a 4TH RD draft pick, not a 50-1 longshot tryout invitee. Geesh Dashi, its a time with you today.

Dashi,

The LUMP TO YOUR HEAD even lies and tells you Gillislee is a %TH RD draft pick.

Lumps to head lie Dashi. Gillislee is a $TH RD DRAFT PICK.

Take a f'ucking break man, you're embarrassing yourself.

4TH RD!

Dashi,

Stick a fork in me, Im done.

I would stick a fork in you too, but, I already can see that you're "burnt to a crisp".

Bunch of crooks, is what you are.

Dashi,

No worries though. If you're burnt toast, I'll scrape away and still enjoy you. Just see as soft butter between 2 friends. LOL...

YG,

How Many Times Have I Stated.

LACY HAD A BETTER PER CARRY AVERAGE THAN INGRAM HIS FRESHMAN SEASON AND BETTER T. RICHARDSON HIS SOPHMORE SEASON.

LACY AVERAGED 6.8 YDS HIS WHOLE CAREER.

Maybe That Will Help.

He Ran Better Behind The Same O-Line As The Other 2. Each Season.

L. Miller Was Injured. And Look At The Game Log. He Still Gained More 100 Yard Games Than Gillislee.

Gillislee Was Either Boom Or Bust!!

No Consistency.

His 1 Season As A Senior He Had Almost As Many Games Under 60Yds A Game As He Did Over 100yds A Game.

Remind You Of Anyone That Played For The Fins Last Year.

He Gained 48yds His Last Game As A Senior In College.

Gillislee 2012 Season

1-148yds
2-83yds
3-115yds
4-56yds
5-146
6-67
7-37
8-77
9-68
10-45
11-122
12-140
13-49

Yeah, The Guy Bleeds Potential.

He Couldn't Beat Out W. Dempsey And C. Rainey Before Then For 3 Years Straight.

*W. Demps

Dashi,

I can nearly guarantee Gillislee has a greater 2013 impact than Lacy.

Yes, Lacy was drafted by GB, But what is GB's strength? Passing the football.

What is Lacy's weakness? Pass blocking and catching the football. So don't expect Lacy to have a great impact in GB's offense often or soon in 2013.

However, Gillislee runs, blocks, and catches well. So who do think sees the playing field more n 2013, Gillislee or Lacy.

I can see it now, GB just made Rogers highest paid qb, but they are goingh to risk getting him killed because Lacy misses his blitz pick up. Yeah right! LOL...

HoHo!

L. Miller Last Year In College With Injured Shoulder

1-119
2-184
3-106
4-102
5-166
6-29
7-93
8-70
9-142
10-92
11-50
12-114

Take A Wild Guess In Which Week L. Miller Injured His Shoulder. And He Still Kept Playing Like A Warrior.

DO YOU SEE THE CONSISTENCY FROM WEEK TO WEEK.

L. Miller Only Had 3 Games Under 90yds. And One Of Them He Separated His Shoulder In.

And That Was L. Miller's Sophomore Season, Not His Senior Season.

Gillislee Can't Hold L. Miller's Jock Even If L. Miller Handed It To Him.

Dashi,

I now fully understand why you omitted Lacy's stats. LOL....

1. 9-35yds
2. 9-36yds
3 12-55yds
4. 15-108yds
5. 19-82yds
6. 18-177yds
7. 17-79yds
9. 10-26yds
10 11-93yds
11 16-92yds
12 10-99yds
13 18-131yds
14 20-181yds
15 20-140yda

Total 1,322yds

= 98yds pre game.

Gillislee 1,152yds 13 games

= 102yds per game

ROTFLMAO! Stats made my point Dashi!

Just stating the obvious,YG. I'll be happy to move on.

YG,

Again With The Misconception That Lacy Can't Pass Block.

Lacy Wasn't Asked To Pass Block. Or Catch. And He Still Caught About As Many Balls As Gillislee.

Lacy Outweighs Gillislee By A Good 30lbs. He Can Pass Block If Need Be. He Can Probably Even Run Block. But You Won’t See Anybody Ask Him To.

I Still Have Lacy Going Over 1000yds This Season. Even With Sharing The Load.

Lacy Was Built To Play In The Cold. Who Wants To Tackle That Battering Ram When The Temperature Drops.

And A. Rodgers Has Played Without Good Pass Blocking Most Of His Career.

Different schools, different conference. Hell, if we go by these stats, Miller is a much better rb than Lacy too.

ROTFLMAO, Lacy 98ypg, Gillisle 102ypg..................


Posted by: Dashi | May 08, 2013 at 03:00 PM


Oh.................... so now BB will immediately trust a guy that wasn't asked to pass block in college, pass blocking for the great Aaron Rogers. ROTFLMAO!

He'll be lucky to see as much action as Lamar Miller saw last season. Remember, Philbin was OC in GB. So you know he brought the same philosophy to Miami.

Lacy 1000 yd rookie season my foot! LOL...

YG,

Are You Also Omitting Lacy Was Injured The Whole Season. Lacy Didn't Carry The Ball More Than 20 Times In 1 Game The Whole Season.

Lacy Averaged 6.5 YDS Per Carry. Gillislee Averaged 4.7yds

Lacy

Attempts 204
Yards 1322
YPC 6.5
Rushing TDs 17
Receptions 22
Rec yds 189
Rec TDs 2

Gillislee

Attempts 244
Yards 1152
YPC 4.7
Rushing TDs 10
Receptions 16
Rec yds 159
Rec TDs 1

Keep Adjusting Your Argument YG.

Dashi,

Texas A&M

Gillislee 14 carries 88yds 5.9ypc
Lacy 15 carries 92yds 5.8ypc

LSU

Gillislee 34 carries 146yds 4.3ypc
Lacy 11 carries 83yds 7.5ypc

Tennessee

Gillislee 18-115yds 6.4ypc
Lacy 17-79 4.6ypc

So Where The Hell Is Lacy So Much Better Than Gillislee?

These are results hen the two played the same exact teams in their 2012 SEC schedules. Lacy only had the much better day against Georgia in common opponents. LOL...

On the Miamigolfpro logo post. You are a idiot and I wish you rooted for another team as you are not a true Dolfan. Go away as it is fans like you that further Ross into believing that he is doing the right thing which he is not. He would be doing the right thing if he would have sold the team before doing this crappy thing to our logo. Ross you are almost as dumb as MIAMIGOLFPRO and say almost due to your being rich.

And I forgot to mention that Ross can shove that new logo and helmet up his AAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by: Dashi | May 08, 2013 at 03:11 PM

Oh s'hit, not the "old excuses, excuses trick". I'll play a little.

Lacy had far better the qb, defense, and run blocking oline.

Lets also play, "the moon's made of green cheese". LOL.....

And so what, Gillislee had 11 tds with a defense, qb, and olie inferior to Bama's. ROTFLMAO................

Dashi,

You've made my day!

Before you forcing to uncover the facts and do common opponent stat results. I thought that Lacy was far better the pure runner.

Now? Based on the stats I uncovered, Gillislee was worthy of being drafted where Lacy was drafted. Being the far more complete rb, Gillislee probably deserves to have been drafted higher than Lacy.

ROTFLMAO...................................

LACY 98 YARDS PER GAME

GILLISLEE 102 YADS PER GAME

LOL........................................................

DASHI, WHERE ARE YOU??????? ROTFLMAO...................

DASHI MAKES EXCUSES LACY WAS HURT. BEHIND POSSIBY THE BEST RN BLOCKING OLINE EVER, HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AVERAGE 100 YARDS PER GAME ON CRUTCHES IF HE'S AS GREAT AS DASHI SAYS HE IS. LOL....

I never saw Gillislee play, but why are you guys so high on the kid while Mando doesn't think he makes a dent to anything but special teams?

Mando,
Great story and I follow your column religiously! EVERYONE PAY ATTENTION !!! We (the fans ) are being held hostage by Ross and the Fins orginizations!Ross won't put any money into renovations and the state won't discuss money for upgrades for the stadium in order land another Super Bowl. So what this spells out is a "kiss my a@@" from Ross and the state!!!! If Ross wanted to really have a winning franchise he would have put a better product on the field. He was just interested in making money--- dollars from Super Bowl revenue! The state let one person obstruct the the ballot question by blocking it before it got to vote. We all know that Rick Scott is anti-business( adult arcades, stadium deals etc. ) So now Dol-fans have to listen to Ross, the organization and the state suggest that the Fins might move, ala Baltimore, L.A. and St.LOuis. ! So now the Fin Fans are going to pay for tickets for another season , to line Ross's pockets since he has no intentions of paying for anymore renovations, so he can sell the team. The team can very likely be purchased and moved. Ross should have put a winning product on the field from the beginning and he wouldn't have to worry about money--- too stupid to do that. Mando knows what's going on but chooses to write a story about some undrafted idiot that won't make the team!! Meanwhile we sit here and enable Ross ( by buying tickets) and Mando ( by supporting his column) but within the year or two you will be routing for the L.A. Fins. But look at the bright side!!!!! They will probably change the logo!!!!

DC, my personal opinion is neither one will be anything to write home about ...

All you people who believe this team is going nowhere need MORON stamped on your heads. Anyone who thinks a smart businessman is going to buy this team for over a billion dollars and then spend close to another BILLION for a new Stadium, which will be needed down the road, is living in fantasy World.

A smart businessman will either buy the team and sell the land or make it contingent on a 50/50 public-private deal on the Stadium. Ross can even just sell the team and land seperatly. You all better hope Ross doesn't sell and can somehow revive this deal.

Mark, neither one, meaning Gillislee and Mando? LOL!!!!

Seriously, I've heard YG go on and on about this guy, and I'm trying to figure out what I missed. Feel like I was stuck in the Cleveland house for a decade.

DC, you might have been joined by 32 NFL GMs that passed on him through 4 NFL draft rounds. Not saying he's a stiff but he's nothing special. Surely not worth a two page debate on this blog.

Who are we going to discuss next? Who is a better player, Kheeston Randall or Everett Dawkins?

Haha, Mando, you are nothign to write home about!!!

Mark,

I didn't go on and on about Gillislee. Dashi kept it going wih bs opinions and I introduced facts.

You yourself judge your players about how much they left(LOL). You read those "FACTS". Yet you brush off the same "readable facts" I introduce about Gillislee.

Neither your guys nor Gillislee hae yet to play a down in the nfl. But because you like their "lift stats" they are the greatest thing since "sliced bread". Be careful when accusing others of doing exactly the same as you do.

Unlees of course its only ok when you it.

lift; less (2 misspelled words)

special teams wins games for a reason. Those players usually want it more.

Personally i think a great kicker/punter is better or more game changing then a wr could be. If rb's could get 50 + yard penalties they would see more touches and the game would be a running game again.

??? last I checked I didn't have a dog in this fight ...

DC,

Doesn't matter what you, Mark, myself, or anyone else thinks about a player before playing a down in the nfl. They'll only be judged by their production once they hit the playing field.

Plus, I don't bring up Gillislee until someone else does. They'll enter untrue bs about the guy, then I counter with tangible available facts.

Many here say things in error here about players simply because they are too lazy to look up the facts. Or, when they do, take or leave those that either support or non support their bs.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | May 08, 2013 at 04:35 PM

For right no you don't. But you will, you always do. Wont be long either.

Miller, Gillislee, Thomas or Thigpen it doesn't matter....If between all of them they give us 2000 yds during the season that should work. And the draft grades to me don't say much. 32 teams pass up on Alfred Morris for 6 rds or those same 32 pass on Arian Foster for a whole draft! It's all on the O line to open those holes and any decent back will get the yardage for us

BOBBYD13 ,EVERY YEAR HE WRITES A MILLION POSTS ABOUT HOW GREAT THIS TEAM WILL BE AND THEN ,THE SEASEON COMES AND WE END UP NOT LEAVING THE CELLAR AND BOBBYD13 DISAPPEAR FOR MONTHS,THEN SHOWS UP THE FOLLOWING FRADT SEASON AND START HIS DONKEY ROUTINE ,,,,,,,,,


TO BE'
OR
NOT
TO
BE......

MARK....WHO'S YOUR BEST FOOTBALL TEAM IN YOUR BELOVED CANADA ,,,,,,,,,,,?

FOR THE RECORD ;;;;


YG STATE FACTS.......

DASHI STATES CRAB .............

KRIS STATES LIES......

Dashi will have plenty of excuses when Lacy falls short in his rookie season, just wait and see. He'll twist what his previous words meant expecting someone to believe him, but nobody will.


Cam Wake was cut by the Giants as a rookie. Cam Wake was "DRAFTED". He went to Canada to revive his pro football aspirations.

Then you can test your theory in the "comparison" to Cam Wake. Just don't hold your breath on it.

Im not being negative, just being realistic.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | May 08, 2013 at 01:50 PM
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How realistic is it when you get your information wrong?

I normally wouldn't point this out YG, but it was YOU, just yesterday, admonishing others for being Lazy and not "Doing Their Homework(research)"

Rage(whomever that is)was actually correct, Wake was NOT drafted by The NFL or the CFL. He was an UDFA.

Matter of fact, Rage couldn't have been more correct at least in regards to comparing the Paths Hinds and Wake took to their first stints in the NFL.

Wake was also a "Walk On" with the NY Giants.

It's not that Big Of A Deal YG, but you have to at least live up to the standards you hold others too while posting here.

Cheers!!!!

Wake was NOT drafted by The Giants. He was

LOOK ARMANDO'S EXPECTATIONS FOR JORDAN ARE JUSTIFIABLE AND WE AS DOLPHIN FANS SHOULD EXPECT ALL PLAYERS TO PERFORM AT A HIGH LEVEL AND WIN FOOTBALL GAMES. WE ARE TIRED OF 7-9/8-8 CRAP! WE ARE TIRED OF LOSING TO PATRIOTS GAME AFTER GAME WHEN IN REALITY THE AFC EAST ONCE BELONGED TO THE FINS. ANY ONE OLD SCHOOL KNOWS WHAT I'M TALKIN ABOUT. IT BELONGS TO BRADY NOW AND IF THE FINS WON'T TO STOP THIS THAN JORDAN NEEDS TO BRING 7-10 SACKS. WHY? BECAUSE WAKE WILL FREE HIM UP BY GETTING ALL THE ATTENTION AND IN RETURN IF JORDAN DOES DELIVER THE FINS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS. THE DOLPHINS THIS PASS YEAR WAS NOT A SHABBY PASS RUSHING TEAM WITH BASICALLY HAVING JUST WAKE AND A TERRIBLE SECONDARY. SO IMAGINE HOW WITH A GOOD PASS RUSH THIS DEFENSE CAN IMPROVE. THE DEFENSE WAS THE BEST IN THE NFL IN THE RED ZONE THIS PAST SEASON. IT'S OBVIOUS THAT IS WHAT IRELAND AND PHILBIN SET OUT TO DO IN THE DRAFT AND I THINK THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT STRATEGY BUT ONLY IF JORDAN PRODUCES UP TO HIS POTENTIAL. I HATE TO SAY THIS BUT ARMANDO IS CORRECT! (THAT WAS HARD TO DO)

...YG. I'm with you on Gillislee. I think he will have a positive impact on the offense. I agree. This isn't a debate that pits Miller v Gillislee. Miller is the guy that should get the bulk of the carries. What Gillislee offers is a guy that can come in, spell Miller, play on third downs. He was drafted here because his skill set fits into what we need from our backs. We need a guy that can be trusted to block, especially when DC's decide to blitz.

It totally changes the offense when your back cannot be trusted to pickup the rush. I would be very interested to see what Tannehills completion percentage was when Miller was in the game. I would also be interested in the percentage of time we faced the blitz when Miller was in the backfield.

Again..I am just stating my opinion as to one of the reasons Gillislee was drafted here. From what I have seen of him. He fits a need. He is part of the puzzle. We could have drafted Lacy..He was there. But something about his game was not a fit for this team. Whether it was his toe. His running style. His blocking ability. Whatever it was. We passed. We needed a guy to play a role. Gillislee fits that role. Or he wouldn't be here.

It's alright if folks don't see it this way. If they doubt this pick, or question his productivity. What is important is the team saw fit to draft this player. He must fit into some sort of plan.

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