Oct 12, 2023, 11:40 am ET in NFL
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NFL Fans Left in the Lurch as De’Von Achane’s Injury Takes Center Stage

Game Changer on the Sidelines

De’Von Achane injury will sideline him for the next month, which is a blow to the Dolphins, as the rookie running back was having a great moment as one of the team’s key players. But you know what’s even tougher? It’s the disappointment etched on the faces of NFL fans who were riding high on the rollercoaster of Achane’s play.

Drafted in the third round at number 84 last April, Achane quickly made his mark among NFL rookies, making folks forget that he wasn’t a first-rounder. Think of it as joining the big leagues alongside quarterbacks like the Texans’ C.J. Stroud and running backs like the Falcons’ Bijan Robinson.

But, hey!  Don’t count out Achane from the Offensive Rookie of the Year talk. He’s got seven touchdowns under his belt, including a jaw-dropping 67-yarder in Miami’s 70-20 demolition of the Broncos in the Week 3.

Achane’s most jaw-dropping moment was in the NFL matchup against the Giants when he pulled off an “NFL Blitz” turbo cheat code on a 76-yard touchdown run. He hit speeds that left the rest of the league in the dust – 21.93 miles per hour against the Broncos and 21.76 miles per hour against the Giants. In just four games, he’s got 460 yards on 38 carries, a mind-boggling 12.1 yards per attempt.

Achane’s data proves that he racks up more yards than expected, making him the most efficient running back out there. Without any doubt, Achane has averaged excellent player stats.

A Head-Turner for NFL Defenses

The chart doesn’t lie – Achane’s tearing through NFL defenses. He’s leaving ’em in the dust when it comes to yards gained before and after contact. While most running backs manage about 1.5 yards before contact and under three after, Achane’s rocking over five both before and after.

But guess what’s more unfair than his injury? It’s what he’s doing to NFL defenses. The Dolphins can handle his absence, thanks to their offensive powerhouses. Players like Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Raheem Mostert, and Jeff Wilson Jr. (who’s returning soon) keep the fire burning.

The Dolphins’ patience in not rushing Achane to short-term IR is a sign of good things to come. The bye week’s just around the corner, giving him extra time to recover. When he’s back, get ready for more sparks, because Achane’s lightning-fast game won’t be held back. Only his injury has taken the wind out of his sails so far!

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