The Miami Dolphins have acquired RB Matt Breida in a trade with the 49ers!
The 49ers traded speedster running back Matt Breida in exchange for the 153rd pick in the draft. This was an outstanding move for the Dolphins who needed a running back in the draft. For the 49ers, this makes sense because they have such depth at the running back position with Raheem Mostert, and Tevin Coleman, but they should have asked for more. Instead of getting a running back in the draft, the Dolphins traded one late draft pick for Matt Breida. A risk of getting a running back in a draft is that you don't know if they are good enough to play week 1, but we know Breida is. Many NFL fans and Dolphins fan would think that the Dolphins wouldn't need a running back but they did. The Dolphins acquired free agent Jordan Howard this offseason. Jordan Howard is a below average starter but a great backup. Howard is not someone Miami is probably interested in making their primary workhorse. With the addition of Breida, Howard and Breida should split time with the ball. This makes for a good backfield. Both Howard and Breida are below average starting running backs, but with both players splitting time with the ball this season, the Dolphins backfield will be at a good position.
Miami Dolphins new QB Tua Tagovailoa will be in the backfield with Breida and Howard this new season. Even if Howard is the primary workhorse, Breida will be a great backup for Howard who is injury prone. According to a reliable source in "Sports Injury Predictor", Jordan Howard has a 49.8% chance of getting injured this season. Howard is coming off shoulder surgery and Breida will definitely provide insurance, but again both running backs should split time with the ball.
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Matt Breida is coming back to Florida. Breida was born in Brandon, Florida and was later adopted. Breida was undrafted and has spent his whole career from 2017-2019 up to this point on the 49ers. On the 49ers, Breida has spent most of his time as a backup. In his rookie year in 2017, Breida served as a backup to Carlos Hyde. In 2018, Breida was expected to be the backup to Jerick McKinnon. What was expected didn't become reality because McKinnon tore his ACL prior to the season. Breida then had to compete for the starting job with Alfred Morris, and ended up splitting carries. Breida ended up leading the 49ers in 2018 with 814 rushing yards, and 3 rushing touchdowns. Breida was also 4th out of all NFL qualified rushers with 5.3 yards per attempt. Last year in 2019, Breida entered the season as a co-starter to Tevin Coleman. Late in the season, Breida was used less frequently as Raheem Mostert took over the backup role. Breida in the regular season, finished with 623 rushing yards and 1 rushing and 1 receiving touchdown. Breida finished the 2019 season 5th in the NFL in yards per carry with 5.1. The 49ers made it all the way to the Super Bowl but lost to the Chiefs. Breida didn't have much playing time in the playoffs with 9 attempts for 12 yards. Overall, Breida was a great pickup for the Dolphins because the Dolphins needed a running back to go with Howard. Also, the Dolphins got Breida in a terrible trade by the 49ers because the Dolphins only had to give away one pick, and the 49ers draft pick may not even turn out good. With the 153rd pick, the 49ers did select OT Colton McKivitz, from West Virginia. We will see if McKivitz turns out good and makes this trade worth it for the 49ers. For right now, the Dolphins won this trade because Breida is an absolute speedster and will destroy the playing field with Jordan Howard.