Patrick Laird
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Laird made the Dolphins' roster as an undrafted free agent last year, thanks largely to his ability on special teams, but when the backfield was in desperate need of warm bodies by the end of the season he got some snaps on offense as well. His 2.7 yards per carry fit right in with Miami's moribund rushing attack, but the converted college wideout did see fairly significant action as a receiver, averaging four targets per game over the final seven weeks. Laird was charged with four drops among his 30 overall targets, but given that he caught 96 passes over his final two seasons at Cal, his hands and receiving skill should be strengths. With Jordan Howard and Matt Breida joining the team in the offseason, Laird will be pushed back down into a depth role, but Breida's checkered injury history could open the door for the second-year pro to handle passing-down work alongside Howard. Read Past Outlooks
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Scarcely involved against Jags
RBMiami Dolphins
September 29, 2020
Laird did not garner any rush attempts or targets during Thursday's 31-13 win against Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
The 25-year-old back earned just one offensive snap during Thursday Night Football, securing the vast majority of his work on special teams while Myles Gaskin (22 carries), Matt Breida (three) and Jordan Howard (three) split Miami's RB rushing attempts. Laird hauled in both of his targets for nine yards Week 1 against the Patriots, but he remains without a carry through the early stages of his second pro campaign. Week 4 does not offer a promising matchup for the Dolphins' backfield in general, with Miami opposing Seattle's No. 2 rush defense.
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How do Patrick Laird's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
-0.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.13
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.1%
 
% Team Targets
2.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.0
 
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% of Team Snaps

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41
21
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Seahawks pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
102.0
 
Cornerbacks
110.3
 
Safeties
82.4
 
Linebackers
106.0
 
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Training Camp Notes: August 11
49 days ago
A.J. Brown was remarkably good in his rookie year, but the second-year receiver hopes to find another level yet by improving his late-game conditioning.
Job Battles: New Dolphins Backfield Duo
67 days ago
Jordan Howard doesn't offer much as a pass catcher, but an improved Dolphins defense could provide run-viable game scripts for Miami. Also looking at Browns WRs behind Beckham and Landry.
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Healthy ahead of Week 1
RBMiami Dolphins
September 9, 2020
Laird is not on Wednesday's injury report, Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post reports.
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Undisclosed injury
RBMiami Dolphins
Undisclosed
August 25, 2020
Laird missed Tuesday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
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Gets competition in backfield
RBMiami Dolphins
April 30, 2020
Laird is joined by offseason acquisitions Jordan Howard and Matt Breida in the Miami backfield, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports.
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Lukewarm finish to season
RBMiami Dolphins
December 30, 2019
Laird carried the ball 11 times for 21 yards during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Patriots. He also secured four of five targets for 48 yards.
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Another pedestrian outing
RBMiami Dolphins
December 23, 2019
Laird rushed eight times for 17 yards during Sunday's 38-35 overtime win against the Bengals. He also caught his only target for one yard.
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