Dolphins Re-Sign RB Slaton

Posted Mar 21, 2012

Depth at the running back position has been a priority for the Miami Dolphins and they addressed that today by signing unrestricted free agent Steve Slaton.

The former Houston Texans running back originally was claimed off waivers last September by the Dolphins and appeared in three regular-season games. He rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, caught a total of two passes and returned three kickoffs for 85 yards, including a long of 42 yards.

Slaton, 26, is similar and size and build to last year’s leading rusher for Miami, Reggie Bush, standing 5-foot-9 and weighing 199 pounds. He was a third-round draft choice of the Texans out of West Virginia in 2008 and exploded onto the seen as a rookie, rushing for 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns on 268 carries. Slaton also caught 50 passes for 377 yards and a touchdown that season.

Injuries derailed his career after that first season, limiting him to 11 games in 2009 and 12 games in 2010. He combined for 530 rushing yards and three touchdowns in those two seasons, but in 2009 he did catch 44 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns. Over his career he has caught 100 passes for 808 yards and five touchdowns.

Slaton was a productive weapon for the Mountaineers during his three-year college career, rushing for 3,923 yards and 50 touchdowns with a 5.8 yards-per-carry average. He also caught 65 passes for 895 yards and five touchdowns.

A native of Levittown, Pennsylvania, Slaton starred at Conwell-Egan High School and earned All-Conference honors in each of his four seasons and was named All-State as a junior and a senior.
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