Getty Miami Dolphins running back De’Von Achane is expected to return after a big-name cut.
The Miami Dolphins set the stage for running back De’Von Achane to return in Week 11 by cutting wide receiver Robbie Chosen (formerly known as Robbie Anderson).
Miami Herald beat reporter Daniel Oyefusi broke the news on X, among other places.
With Robbie Chosen waived, the Dolphins now have an open roster spot if they want to activate De’Von Achane this weekend.
— Daniel Oyefusi (@DanielOyefusi) November 16, 2023
Chosen didn’t do much with the Dolphins in 2023, appearing in 87 offensive snaps in four games. He did have a 68-yard touchdown reception during the Denver Broncos’ loss, but the former $20 million wideout hasn’t made much of an impact since 2021.
With the Carolina Panthers in 2020, Chosen had a 1,000-yard campaign. The former undrafted breakout also had a 941-yard season with the New York Jets in 2017.
However, his deep threat skills haven’t aged well, and now the 30-year-old will find himself on waivers once again.
De’Von Achane’s return could spark the Dolphins’ offense
The Dolphins’ offense hasn’t been bad over the last three games, but it has been less explosive without Achane. The last 400-yard performance came against the Panthers – the first without the rookie ball carrier.
Since then the total lengths have been 244, 390 and 292.
Even more remarkable are the soaring overall numbers. With Achane getting snaps, Miami has run the ball for over 140 yards in all four games. He was heavily used in three of those games.
Without him, the Dolphins have posted point totals of 162, 45, 78 and 117.
Needless to say, Achane’s return will do a lot for this offense if it leads to success in Week 11. The opponent is also important, and Las Vegas does not have as strong a defense as the Kansas City Chiefs or the Philadelphia Eagles.
However, it is the danger of a home game that makes all the difference. Speed kills, and Achane’s blazing 4.32-second sprint can turn any glimpse of an opening into gold.
Add Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, among others, into the equation and you get a defense to compete against. His presence also eases some of the burden on starting running back Raheem Mostert, who has already carried the ball over 100 times in 2023.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa calls De’Von Achane an ‘electric player’
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa addressed the media on November 15th. Here’s what he had to say when asked about the possibility of Achane returning this weekend.
“Well, we all saw what he did for our offense in his time,” the QB said. “[Achane’s] an electric player. He is phenomenal. He understands the game, where he’s going, [and] he understands his mission.”
“So, it’ll be fine [to get him back]“Tagovailoa added. “And it’s not just him, we have a lot of other guys that are getting healthy and will hopefully see the field this weekend.”
With that in mind, only three players did not participate in the Dolphins’ practice on Thursday.
They were wide receiver Chase Claypool (knee), guard Robert Hunt (hamstring) and guard Robert Jones (knee).
In addition to Achane (knee) and Mostert (ankle/knee), the following players were limited on Nov. 16: left tackle Terron Armstead (knee), wide receiver Braxton Berrios (hamstring), fullback Alec Ingold (foot) and tight end Durham Smythe (ankle).
Tagovailoa is right, Miami is getting healthier – and at the perfect time.
After the Las Vegas Raiders, they have an important division duel with the Jets. From there it’s six finals until the NFL playoffs, and the current Dolphins roster is doing very well in the sprint.
Michael Obermüller He covers the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals for Heavy.com, where he began working in 2021. A New York native and Quinnipiac graduate, his previous credits include FanDuel’s The Duel, King Fantasy Sports and Pro Football Mania. More about Michael Obermüller