I’m not sure what Julius Thomas’ 40-yard dash time was last season, and coaches will say it’s not as important as how fast a player actually plays, but nothing about anything was fast.
It wasn’t Thomas’ fault. It seems due in large part to injuries, his body wasn’t able to do the things it could do when he was younger. And really, this isn’t about Thomas, whose Dolphins’ stay was brief and uneventful.
There are a few things Dolphins coach Adam Gase has wanted more of from his underperforming offense. He’s wanted to play faster and run faster. To that end, Gase and Miami have drafted and signed some players who can change a game with their pure speed.
It’s something first-year offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains couldn’t stop talking about the other day.
“I think they’re a fast group that, as their knowledge of the offense grows, and going back to no huddle, they’ll play faster,” Loggains said of what he’s seen on film. “Knowledge builds confidence, confidence allows you to play fast, but the thing that showed up was speed.”
Miami dumped monster truck Jay Ajayi, in part to clear room for Ferrari Kenyan Drake. Miami dropped sluggish Thomas and drafted uber-athlete Mike Gesicki.
As incredibly productive as wide receiver Jarvis Landry was, he was slower in NFL draft testing (4.77 seconds) than Grant, Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson, DeVante Parker and Danny Amendola.
Receiver Jakeem Grant has said he is a step faster than Drake and Stills, though he’d love to have a race. That probably won’t happen, but based on reported 40-yard dash times from the NFL Scouting Combine and/or pro days, here are the fastest Dolphins on offense:
- WR Jakeem Grant: 4.38 seconds
- WR Kenny Stills: 4.38 seconds
- WR Albert Wilson: 4.43 seconds
- RB Kenyan Drake: 4.45 seconds
- WR DeVante Parker: 4.45 seconds
- RB Kalen Ballage: 4.46 seconds
- TE Mike Gesicki: 4.54 seconds
- WR Danny Amendola: 4.58 seconds