Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson

28-Year-Old Running BackRB
Miami Dolphins
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The 28-year-old battled injuries again in 2023, appearing in only 10 games, but he was effective with limited touches and averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Wilson remains the closest thing to a power back in the Dolphins' RB room as Raheem Mostert, De'Von Achane and rookie Jaylen Wright are all speed merchants. That didn't translate into goal-line usage last season, and Wilson saw only one carry inside the five-yard line while failing to find the end zone at all. If he happens to be healthy when other Miami backs aren't though, he can he useful. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Dolphins in March of 2023.
Not assured of roster spot?
RBMiami Dolphins
May 6, 2024
Wilson is part of a crowded backfield alongside Raheem Mostert, De'Von Achane and rookie fourth-round pick Jaylen Wright, Omar Kelly of The Miami Herald reports.
ANALYSIS
Wilson may be a favorite of coach Mike McDaniel, but the 28-year-old nonetheless faces a difficult path to earning a roster spot if the three aforementioned RBs stay healthy this summer. With those three being roster locks, the Dolphins may end up having Wilson, Salvon Ahmed and Chris Brooks competing for one or two spots on the practice squad. Wilson agreed to a contract restructure in March, dropping his base salary to $1.12 million while guaranteeing him $400,000, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Jeff Wilson's 2023 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.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
14.6%
 
Positive Run %
90.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
58.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.7
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
5.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
37.9%
 
Air Yards Per Game
3.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.26
 
% Team Air Yards
0.9%
 
% Team Targets
3.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
82.4%
 
Drop Rate
5.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.3
 
% Targeted On Route
19.8%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.99
 
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Snap Counts
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30828%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jeff Wilson's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics 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 40-Yard Dash, Shuttle Time, Cone Drill, Vertical Jump, and Broad Jump metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
213 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.57 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.29 sec
 
Cone Drill*
7.20 sec
 
Vertical Jump*
35.0 in
 
Broad Jump*
110 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
31.50 in
 
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Wilson played for Mike McDaniel four years in San Francisco and became one of his most trusted players -- so much so that the coach convinced the front office to trade a fifth-round pick after Week 8 last year to acquire the veteran back. He started well for Miami, totaling 267 yards in his first three games and averaging 5.4 yards per carry, but a hip injury slowed him in the middle of the season and Raheem Mostert took over more work. The Dolphins re-signed Wilson to a two-year, $5.99 million deal with his 2023 pay almost fully guaranteed, suggesting McDaniel has a substantial role in mind again. Although lacking the speed of Raheem Mostert and third-round pick De'Von Achane, the 27-year-old Wilson holds a weight advantage -- about eight pounds more than Mostert and 25 more than the rookie. That doesn't make the 6-foot Wilson much of a power back at just 213 pounds, but he might be the closest thing the Dolphins have to one this season. He'll first need to complete his recovery from abdomen and finger injuries, with a stint on injured reserve ruling him out for the first four games of the season.
Wilson began last season on the PUP list due to a foot injury, so he missed a chance to take over for injured starter Raheem Mostert early in the campaign. That opportunity was seized by rookie Elijah Mitchell - who excelled and is lined up to be the 49ers' No. 1 running back in 2022 - but Wilson still earned four starts for an absent Mitchell between Weeks 11 and 16. The four-year pro provides a well-balanced set of skills that can be interchanged in any role. From a fantasy perspective, it likely will take injuries or a change of scenery for Wilson to pop back on the radar.
Kyle Shanahan's ability to make a silky smooth fantasy asset out of a sow's ear of a prospect has never been more apparent than with Wilson. An undrafted rookie out of North Texas in 2018, Wilson failed to impress in athletic testing, running a 4.57 40-yard dash at 208 pounds at his pro day, with similarly middling results in other drills. However, he signed with the 49ers and showed enough to stick, eventually earning Shanahan's trust as a short-yardage option. Over the last two seasons, Wilson has scored eight of his 11 touchdowns from inside the 5-yard line, though he's also seen more and more work in other situations as the rest of the 49ers backfield has dealt with various injuries. The result was something of a mini-breakout in 2020, highlighted by a 183-yard performance against the Cardinals in Week 16. Wilson's best trait as a runner might be sheer stubbornness. His rate of broken tackles per carry, and yards after contact per carry, were comparable to the likes of Chris Carson and Josh Jacobs. The 49ers saw enough to give Wilson to a guaranteed one-year, $2.05 million contract, but he then suffered a meniscus tear in May, requiring surgery with an estimated recovery timeline of 4-6 months. Wilson isn't expected to be ready for Week 1, but he could make an impact later in the year if the 49ers aren't getting enough from their other running backs -- a group that includes Raheem Mostert, Wayne Gallman and rookie third-round pick Trey Sermon.
Wilson's 2019 story had a similar opening to that of his rookie 2018 season when he began the year on the 49ers' practice squad before being promoted to replace an injured player. The 24-year-old received fewer touches this go-around - 30 touches over 10 contests - but he emerged as a trusted goal-line back, hitting pay dirt four times from in close in his first two games following activation. The North Texas product saw his role reduced drastically once Tevin Coleman returned and Raheem Mostert exploded onto the scene. With both backs still under contract and Jerick McKinnon at the top of the depth chart, Wilson's role in San Francisco is uncertain now that he can no longer be stashed on the practice squad.
The 49ers backfield sustained its fair share of injuries last season, which allowed an undrafted rookie off the practice squad to earn some reps as a starter. Wilson proved to be capable in the six games (three starts) for which he was active, rushing for 266 yards (4.0 YPC) and gaining 92 receiving yards on 12 receptions. The 23-year-old will find it hard to crack the active roster in 2019, as the addition of Tevin Coleman, return of Jerick McKinnon and presence of Matt Breida and special-teams ace Raheem Mostert could leave Wilson on the outside looking in.
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Quiet in wild-card loss
RBMiami Dolphins
January 16, 2024
Wilson secured one of two targets for six yards during the Dolphins' 26-7 wild-card loss to Kansas City on Saturday.
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Season-high snap count in finale
RBMiami Dolphins
January 10, 2024
Wilson rushed nine times for 45 yards in Sunday's 21-14 loss to Buffalo.
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Limited role Sunday
RBMiami Dolphins
December 31, 2023
Wilson ran for 21 yards on three carries and caught three passes for 13 yards on four targets in Sunday's 56-19 loss to the Ravens.
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Could have expanded profile Sunday
RBMiami Dolphins
December 31, 2023
Wilson is likely to have an expanded role as the Dolphins' No. 2 back behind De'Von Achane in Sunday's game against the Ravens with Raheem Mostert (knee/ankle) likely to be inactive for the contest, Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network report.
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Handles six touches
RBMiami Dolphins
December 25, 2023
Wilson rushed five times for 21 yards and secured his only target for four yards during Sunday's 22-20 win over Dallas.
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Could benefit from move
RBMiami Dolphins
February 29, 2024
Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com identifies Wilson as one player who could benefit from a change of scenery this offseason.
ANALYSIS
The veteran back simply doesn't have a path to appreciable opportunities in Miami, where Raheem Mostert and De'Von Achane have a firm grip on the top two spots of the running back depth chart. Wilson proved he had plenty to offer in 2023 while averaging 4.6 yards per carry in limited action, and at 28 years old with six sub-100-carry campaigns in seven pro seasons, he should have plenty of tread on his tires.
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