Miami Dolphins close to hiring ex-Denver Broncos RB coach Eric Studesville

Former Broncos assistant coach Eric Studesville.(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Former Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville is expected to be the latest addition to Adam Gase’s coaching staff on the Dolphins.

ESPN reported that Studesville will handle running backs and coordinate the running game in 2018, replacing Danny Barrett, who was fired. A league source confirmed to The Post that the hiring is close.

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The Dolphins’ running backs endured a rocky 2017 season, most notably with the trade on Halloween of reigning team MVP Jay Ajayi. The Dolphins finished 29th in rushing and 24th in yards per carry, although Kenyan Drake blossomed, ending the season with a team-high 644 yards.

Denver was 12th in the NFL in rushing last season and 18th in yards per carry. C.J. Anderson led the team with 1,007 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.

Studesville, 50, has 21 years of NFL experience as an assistant, primarily coaching running backs. He also was a Broncos interim coach in 2010.

Studesville coached with Gase in Denver and also interviewed for the New York Giants’ head-coaching position.

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