An update on Ballage. He did well until Gase quickened things up with the No-Huddle offense. It showed that he has more studying to do on the playbook, but I really like the rookies that the Dolphins drafted this year. They are eating, sleeping, and drinking the playbook in and are looking for mentors to help them learn how to play their positions in the NFL. Gore has been a great mentor and learning experience for Ballage.
Barry Jackson wrote:
Kalen Ballage, the rookie fourth-round running back, continues to display an impressive second gear, both as a runner and after catching passes.
“He’s progressing quickly,” Gase said. “It’s a lot on your plate as a rookie running back.”
With the expectation that Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore will play a lot, has Ballage thought about needing to make a compelling case for coaches to give him offensive snaps as a third running back this season?
“Yeah, I feel like I’ve always been a playmaker,” he said. “I definitely want to be a guy that stands out … I’m not a guy that makes a lot of mental errors.”
Asked jokingly if he has gotten Gore’s autograph, Ballage cracked: “I don’t need to. I got his number.”
He said he’s picking Gore’s brain “on everything. Frank is 14 years in the league but he studies running backs younger than him, older than him and so [do] I.”
Ballage said he has studied tape of NFL running backs Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson because “we have the same body type. They catch the ball well out of the backfield. They have lived up to the hype. That’s what I’m trying to get.”
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