Kalen Ballage
RB PIT (7)
Thu 4/30/20 8:28 AM

Ballage may not have a roster spot with the Dolphins in 2020, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 2018 fourth-round pick was brutal last season, averaging 1.8 yards on 74 carries and 2.6 yards on 24 targets before an Achilles injury sent him to IR in early December. The injury wasn't viewed as a long-term issue, so Ballage should be fine to take the field whenever the Dolphins are able to practice. With Jordan Howard and Matt Breida now sitting atop the depth chart, Ballage will compete with Patrick Laird, Myles Gaskin (ankle) and De'Lance Turner, likely vying for one or two roster spots.

Kalen Ballage
RB PIT (7)
Fri 3/20/20 12:50 PM

Ballage (Achilles) is facing competition for carries from new backfield mate Jordan Howard (shoulder), Chris Perkins of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ballage and Howard both fit the mold of early-down running backs with limited receiving upside, an indication that they could spend the summer competing for one role. Howard's track record of consistency (4.3 career YPC) stands to give him a clear lead over Ballage, who scrounged up a dismal 1.8 YPC across 74 rushing attempts in 2019. Myles Gaskin and Patrick Laird also stand to compete for backfield roles during the offseason.

Kalen Ballage
RB PIT (7)
Wed 12/4/19 11:20 AM

Ballage (Achilles) could be healthy within a few weeks, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
EDGE Analysis
Coach Brian Flores said Ballage wouldn't have been placed on injured reserve Tuesday if the running back had suffered the same sort of leg injury earlier in the season. Based on those comments, it sounds like Ballage will return to full health long before the offseason program, but he'll need to battle for his roster spot after averaging 1.8 yards on 74 carries and 2.6 yards on 24 targets in 2019. The Dolphins have plenty of draft picks and ample cap space to secure upgrades in the backfield. In the meantime, Patrick Laird will duke it out with Myles Gaskin, Zach Zenner and De'Lance Turner throughout December.

Kalen Ballage
RB PIT (7)
Tue 12/3/19 5:03 PM

Ballage (leg) is headed to IR, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
In a corresponding move, the team claimed fellow running back Zach Zenner off waivers from the Cardinals. With Ballage no longer in the mix, added work in the Dolphins' backfield is now available for Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin.

Kalen Ballage
RB PIT (7)
Sun 12/1/19 2:12 PM

Ballage is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Eagles due to a leg injury, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ballage appeared to suffer a non-contact injury midway through the second quarter. As long as the second-year pro is sidelined, Myles Gaskin and Patrick Laird will handle Miami's backfield reps.

Kalen Ballage
RB PIT (7)
Mon 11/25/19 2:44 PM

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that Ballage will remain the starter this week, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
EDGE Analysis
Despite averaging a miserable 1.9 yards per carry and 4.5 yards per catch through 11 contests, Ballage will retain his grasp on the starting gig for the time being. Rookies Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin have garnered increased usage in recent weeks -- Laird logged 23 snaps on offense during Sunday's loss to the Browns while Gaskin played 16 snaps -- so Miami's backfield could grow to more closely represent a timeshare as the season continues, unless Ballage is able to start producing more consistently.

Kalen Ballage
RB PIT (7)
Sun 11/24/19 5:36 PM

Ballage rushed seven times for 13 yards and brought in his only target for 13 yards in the Dolphins' 41-24 loss to the Browns on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Ballage couldn't get anything going on the ground, and he also saw Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin log carries. The game script quickly turned against the ground attack, however, as the Dolphins found themselves in a 28-0 hole in the first half. The recent release of Mark Walton ostensibly gives Ballage a clearer path to a lead-back-worthy workload, but that's far from guaranteed in a backfield that still seems destined for a timeshare and on a team whose defense can often put the team in sizable deficits that neutralize the running game. Ballage will look for better production versus the Eagles' stingy run defense in Week 13.

Kalen Ballage
RB PIT (7)
Tue 11/19/19 12:39 PM1 Comment

Ballage may have the opportunity to finish the season as the Dolphins' lead back after Miami cut the suspended Mark Walton on Tuesday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Before the NFL handed him a four-game suspension earlier this month in connection with his three offseason arrests, Walton had seemingly separated himself from Ballage as the Dolphins' lead back following the late-October trade that sent Kenyan Drake to Arizona. Walton was expected to reclaim the top spot on the depth chart once eligible to return Dec. 8 against the Jets, but he lost his roster spot entirely after Miami was made aware of his involvement in yet another "police matter" early Tuesday. While Walton's dismissal aids Ballage, his pitiful efficiency this season (1.9 yards per carry on 64 totes, 3.8 yards per reception on 13 catches) may have already put his standing in the backfield on shaky ground. Rookies Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin now loom as the remaining challengers at running back, and both could see increased chances in the weeks to come if Ballage continues to struggle in both the running and passing games.

Kalen Ballage
RB PIT (7)
Sun 11/17/19 6:40 PM

Ballage ran for nine yards and a touchdown on nine attempts and added eight yards on five catches during Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Bills.
EDGE Analysis
In the voice of Chandler Bing, could Ballage be any more inefficient? The sophomore back's yards per carry dropped down to 1.9 on the season Sunday and he's had just one game this season in which he averaged more than three yards per carry. He hasn't been much better through the air, averaging 3.8 yards per catch. Certainly, a depleted offensive line and journeyman throwing the ball doesn't help, but Ballage has failed to do much with his rise to the starting role aside from the occasional touchdown, having scored his third of the season Sunday. He'll have a chance to turn the corner in Week 12 against a Browns run defense than ranks 27th in the league surrendering 4.8 yards per carry.

Kalen Ballage
RB PIT (7)
Thu 11/14/19 4:58 PM

Coach Brian Flores said Wednesday that the Dolphins will continue to lean heavily on Ballage as their lead option out of the backfield, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. "Kalen's done a good job at practice; it hasn't materialized in games," Flores said. "We keep giving it to him, and I think it will turn. He's a good player. He's shown it in practice. We'll keep feeding him and I think he will break through at some point."
EDGE Analysis
While Mark Walton missed the first of four games due to suspension in the Dolphins' win last week over the Colts, Ballage stepped in as the clear No. 1 back, playing 54 of 66 offensive snaps but gaining just 43 yards on 20 carries. Ballage's lack of productivity on the ground has been a recurring theme throughout the season, as his 2.1 yards-per-carry average ranks last among all backs with at least 10 totes. Fortunately for Ballage, none of the other three active backs on the roster -- Patrick Laird, Myles Gaskin and De'Lance Turner -- possess much in the way of pedigree or prior NFL experience, so he should remain relatively unchallenged for top duties until Walton is eligible to return to action Dec. 8 versus the Jets.