Kalen Ballage
Kalen Ballage
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Miami Dolphins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Stuck behind Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore, Ballage was basically invisible to begin his rookie season, seeing most of his action on special teams and not playing more than eight offensive snaps in a game until Week 15, when Gore got hurt in the first quarter. Ballage immediately seized his opportunity, erupting for 123 yards and a TD on only 12 carries. The Arizona State product fizzled the final two weeks, but that performance was enough for Miami to let Gore walk in free agency and head into 2019 with Ballage poised for a much larger role. Athletically, he has all the tools you want in a feature back, and his wheels in the open field are elite --- on his 75-yard TD run against Minnesota he topped out at 21.87 mph, the seventh-fastest speed recorded in the league last year. Ballage never really put everything together in college, though, and one good week in the pros does not a career make. With Drake at the top of the depth chart, the second-year back's workload would seem to have a firm cap on it, but new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea's background under Bill Belichick hints at a backfield committee. The team didn't bring in much competition in the draft or free agency, so Ballage should get every opportunity to demonstrate he can handle more snaps and touches. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.05 million contract with the Dolphins in June of 2018.
Not playing Friday
RBMiami Dolphins
August 16, 2019
Ballage is not playing during Friday's preseason contest against the Buccaneers.
ANALYSIS
The Dolphins are opting to keep Ballage on ice Friday, given that he's the team's de facto No. 1 runner with Kenyan Drake (foot) managing an injury. Mark Walton and Myles Gaskin stand to receive the majority of carries with the starting offense Friday and for as long as Ballage and Drake remain off the field.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Kalen Ballage's 2018 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.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
75.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
82.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
4.4
 
Rushing TD %
2.8%
 
Touches Per Game
3.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
48.4%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-1.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.13
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.3%
 
% Team Targets
2.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
81.8%
 
Drop Rate
9.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kalen Ballage'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, and Shuttle Time metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
231 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.44 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.91 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
122 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
32.75 in
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ballage looks the part of a future NFL feature back before the pads come on. At an imposing 6-1, 228, the Arizona State product ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the combine, and his athleticism was on full display as a junior when he exploded for an FBS single-game record eight TDs against Texas Tech. Despite his gifts, Ballage fell to the fourth round in the 2018 draft due to his inability to put everything together. He doesn't run with as much power as his frame or gym strength would suggest, and despite his impressive straight-line speed he lacks the elusiveness or vision to get into the open field to use it. He does have some skills as a receiver and a return man, and that might be where he makes his mark as a rookie working behind Kenyan Drake. The Dolphins also signed 35-year-old Frank Gore to compete for backup work, but he's unlikely to play beyond 2018.
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Met with opportunity
RBMiami Dolphins
August 14, 2019
Ballage will serve as the Dolphins' lead running back as long as Kenyan Drake (foot) remains sidelined, Omar Kelly and Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel report.
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Benefits from Drake's absence
RBMiami Dolphins
August 14, 2019
Ballage dominated the first-team snaps at Wednesday's practice while Kenyan Drake was sidelined with a leg injury, Safid Deen of The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Goal-line touchdown in win
RBMiami Dolphins
August 8, 2019
Ballage recorded 23 rushing yards and one touchdown on six carries, and was targeted twice but recorded zero receptions during Thursday's 34-27 win against the Falcons.
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Returns to practice
RBMiami Dolphins
Undisclosed
August 3, 2019
Ballage (undisclosed) is participating in team drills Saturday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Still not practicing
RBMiami Dolphins
Undisclosed
August 3, 2019
Ballage (undisclosed) did not participate in the Dolphins' team scrimmage Saturday, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
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