Laird rushed 15 times for 48 yards and caught four of five targets for 38 more yards in Sunday's 22-21 loss to the Jets.
Laird operated as Miami's featured back, but he finished with 17 fewer rushing yards than quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The man Fitzpatrick nicknamed "The intern" is a full-fledged employee now, having touched the ball 33 times in the past two weeks. Desperate owners could do worse than Laird against the Giants in Week 15.
Laird is expected to see increased work out of the backfield after Kalen Ballage (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Safid Dean of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Ballage sustained the injury during Sunday's win over the Eagles, and Laird subsequently led the backfield with 10 carries for five yards while catching four of five targets for 43 yards. The undrafted rookie ended up playing 43 offensive snaps in the contest, far outpacing next man up Myles Gaskin (16 snaps). The Jets' stout run defense presents a tough matchup for Week 14, but Laird could retain some value as a pass catcher with 12 receptions on 14 targets for 109 yards in the last four games.
Laird ran for five yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and hauled in four of five targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 37-31 win against Philadelphia.
The rookie back out of California stepped up following Kalen Ballage's (leg) second-quarter exit, garnering seven more rush attempts than any other Dolphins player on the afternoon and finishing tied for third on the team in targets. Though his rushing efficiency was putrid Sunday, he had been economical on a limited sample size coming into Week 13, rushing for 31 yards on his first six NFL carries and turning eight receptions into 66 yards. Even if Ballage is forced to sit out Miami's Week 14 game and Laird is thrust into a prime role, he would still be a risky play, given the Jets have held opposing backs to a meager 3.0 yards per rush on the year.
Laird carried the ball three times for 20 yards during Sunday's 41-24 loss to the Browns. He also failed to catch his only target.
Laird didn't see much volume as a receiver during Sunday's blowout loss, but he did show some explosiveness in very limited work as a rusher. If concerns about No. 1 running back Kalen Ballage's lack of efficiency (1.9 YPC) continue to mount, it's possible that Laird and fellow rookie Myles Gaskin could carve out increased roles down the stretch.
Laird carried the ball once for seven yards during Sunday's loss to the Bills. He also caught all six of his targets for 51 yards.
Laird was effectively utilized as an aerial complement to Kalen Ballage during Sunday's divisional loss. The game script played out favorably for the rookie, as Miami trailed through all four quarters of the contest and was forced to lean on its aerial attack. Laird figures to play a similar role Week 12 against the Browns, but he won't be worth fantasy consideration outside of the deepest of leagues.
Laird is primed to climb Miami's depth chart with Mark Walton facing a four-game suspension, Safid Deen of the South Florida South Sentinel reports.
Laird hasn't yet played a snap on offense this season, but he's served as a special-teams contributor in seven contests. He and Myles Gaskin appear set to play depth roles behind Kalen Ballage for at least the next four weeks, though the Dolphins could also opt to sign another running back to the 53-man roster.
Laird (coach's decision) will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
The undrafted rookie out of California made the roster out of camp, but will have to wait another week to make his NFL debut. With Laird out, the Dolphins will role with Mark Walton as their third-string running back.
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