Dolphins roster bubble: Daniel Thomas

The Miami Dolphins began their mandatory three-day minicamp Tuesday. This is the lead in to training camp, which will begin in late July.

Miami will have plenty of competition across the board and tough decisions to make throughout their roster. Here is a preview of one player on the Dolphins’ roster bubble:

Player: RB Daniel Thomas

2013 stats: 406 rushing yards, four touchdowns

Why he could make it: Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno are locks. But after that, Thomas remains the early favorite to land the No. 3 running back job. Thomas has the experience advantage competing with youngsters Mike Gillislee and Damian Williams. Gillislee and Williams will have to show a lot in training camp and the preseason. Thomas was Miami’s short-yardage back last year. Finding a niche again this year is his best chance to make the 53-man roster.

Why he couldn’t make it: Thomas is a draft bust who may be out of chances. He is a 2011 second-round pick of former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, who had a penchant for holding onto his draft picks, regardless of performance. But new general manager Dennis Hickey doesn’t have the same attachment to Thomas. There is a crowded field of running backs, and Thomas is firmly on the hot seat.

Chances to stick: 55 percent