|Miam Dolphins: (from left to right) Chad Henne, Steve Slaton, Jake Long|
Slaton was traded to the Dolphins two weeks ago before they played in San Diego. Slaton was active for that game with rookie RB Daniel Thomas out. He was Reggie Bush's backup. He played sparingly, but it was difficult to expect much from a player who joined the team three days prior to the game. After the loss to the Chargers, the Dolphins had a bye week before playing the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. The coaching staff wanted to use the bye week to figure out a spot for Slaton on the roster.
For this season, Slaton will most likely get on the field returning kicks and punts. If not that, then you could see Slaton ruled 'inactive' for much of the rest of the season. The Dolphins need help in the return game and rank 22nd in the league in that category. The coaching staff thinks that starting RB Daniel Thomas is a stud in the making. Of course, Tony Sparano is sitting on perhaps the hottest coaching seat in the league right now, so make what you want of those views.
Slaton slipped down the Texans depth chart over the last two years because of injuries and not being able to hold on to the ball while in games. The best thing for Slaton was to get out of Houston and get a fresh start. While Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush are no Arian Foster and Derrick Ward, Slaton will still have to prove himself all over to a new coaching staff this season and, as it looks now, a new one next season as well.