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Lamar Miller | Running Back

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 224
College: Miami (FL)
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Lamar Miller managed three yards on three carries in the Dolphins' second preseason game Saturday night.
He did secure both of his targets for 20 yards, but Miami's offensive line continues to stumble, failing to clear running alleys. Through two preseason affairs, Miller has just 14 yards on seven carries (2.0 YPC). It's obviously a small sample size, one that should grow considerably in the third week of the exhibition season. Knowshon Moreno (knee) remains squarely in the picture. Aug 16 - 9:14 PM

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Lamar Miller managed 11 yards on four carries in the Dolphins' preseason opener against the Falcons, adding two catches for eight yards.

He was the every-down back on Miami's opening possession; the starters only played one series, marching downfield on a 10-play touchdown drive. With Knowshon Moreno (knee) and Daniel Thomas (hamstring) nursing injuries, Miller is locked in atop the depth chart. In Friday night's exhibition matchup with Atlanta, Mike Gillislee and UDFA Damien Williams worked with the twos.
Aug 8 - 7:57 PM

Lamar Miller rushed six times for 36 yards and caught a nine-yard touchdown pass on a wheel route in the Dolphins' weekend scrimmage.

Miller juked a linebacker and defensive back on his first carry, good for a 14-yard gain. "Broke some tackles," observed coach Joe Philbin. "That’s one thing we would like him to do more." Daniel Thomas managed 15 yards on five carries (3.0 YPC) in the scrimmage. Knowshon Moreno (knee) remains on the shelf.
Aug 4 - 11:23 AM

The Miami Herald suggests Lamar Miller could open the season as the Dolphins' first- and second-down back, with Knowshon Moreno playing on passing downs.

NFL coaches generally don't like this approach because having Miller on the field would then telegraph that a run play is coming. Moreno is the Fins' best pass-blocking back, however, and the Dolphins may need that if their offensive line is remotely as poor as it was last season. Ideally, Miller would show well enough in pass pro this preseason to solidify Miami's every-down back job.
Aug 3 - 10:53 PM

According to the Miami Herald, "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller "can play the role of LeSean 'Shady' McCoy" in new OC Bill Lazor's offense.

Lazor spent 2013 on Chip Kelly's staff as Philly led the NFL in rushing and yards per carry (5.1). Miller lacks McCoy's lateral explosiveness, but he is a speed back who's dangerous in space. Earlier in July, Miller met with McCoy to discuss "how to thrive in the system Lazor has brought from Philly to South Florida," and also watched Shady's game tape. Per beat writer Adam Beasley, Miller "has been clearly ahead" of Knowshon Moreno "every step of the way." "He looks good, he looks stronger than he’s ever been," said coach Joe Philbin of Miller, who gained 6-8 pounds of offseason muscle. "I don’t think he’s sacrificed any speed whatsoever." Miller is shaping up as a potential steal at his seventh-round ADP.
Jul 27 - 7:05 PM

According to the Miami Herald, Lamar Miller "remains clearly ahead" of Knowshon Moreno for the Dolphins' starting running back job.

It's hard for anyone to be "clearly ahead" before training camp and the preseason begin, but it's still notable that Miller has so thoroughly out-practiced Moreno this spring. Whereas Moreno was once the clear favorite to begin the season atop the depth chart, it's now no better than 50-50. Per reporter Barry Jackson, Miller has also been used "more as a receiver" out of the backfield. Miller is a post-hype sleeper to keep an eye on. He has a major talent advantage on Moreno.
Jun 17 - 7:04 PM

Lamar Miller has worked with the Dolphins' first-team offense for three weeks in a row.

"He's had a very good camp," said coach Joe Philbin. "This is the time as a third-year player that you're ready to make a big contribution." Per beat writer James Walker, Miller is "making more big plays in the running game" than Knowshon Moreno, "who appears to be working his way into shape." We noticed earlier Monday another beat writer tweet Miller was handling first-team reps with Miami's red-zone offense. With a current 12th-round ADP, Miller has a chance to be a fantasy value pick in new playcaller Bill Lazor's run-based attack.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 9 - 5:53 PM

Lamar Miller is "taking a lot of first-team snaps" as Knowshon Moreno works "at least partly" with twos at Dolphins OTAs.

Moreno dropped a pass during Monday's session, and afterward coach Joe Philbin "conceded that his conditioning could be better." Miller has been written off by many fantasy leaguers, which is factored into his minimal cost. Per the latest Average Draft Position data, Miller's lasting until the 12th round.
Jun 4 - 8:57 PM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin threw some support behind Lamar Miller at the league meetings Tuesday, stating "He can do all three things you want a running back to do."

That would ostensibly be run, catch, and block. The Fins could show more support by declining to make a significant running back signing or using an early-round pick at tailback, but they recently hosted Knowshon Moreno for a free agent visit, and could target running backs as early as the No. 50 overall pick. Miller is very lightly penciled in as the Dolphins' current lead back.
Mar 25 - 7:41 AM

One Dolphins staffer told the Miami Herald that Lamar Miller didn't run with enough physicality in 2013.

We noticed Miller's tendency to run "soft" on 2012 game tape, but the problem was much clearer when he got to a bigger sample size in 2013. "We like Miller’s speed and explosiveness," the staffer said. "Miller has the higher ceiling, but you wish he ran with a more physical [style]," adding that Miller must improve as a blocker. Miller's role under new OC Bill Lazor is up in the air.
Feb 9 - 6:20 PM

Lamar Miller had 17 carries for 73 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Jets.

He added one catch for four yards. Miller didn't have any explosive plays outside of a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter, but got the majority of carries this week with Daniel Thomas dealing with an ankle injury. His disappointing 2013 ends with 203 touches, 879 total yards, and two touchdowns. Miller never separated from Thomas despite being the clearly more talented player and there's still questions about whether he's physical enough to be an NFL feature back. Miller will need a strong offseason to avoid being in a committee again in 2014.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 04:38:00 PM

Speaking Monday, Dolphins OC Mike Sherman defended once again abandoning the run in Sunday's shutout loss to the Bills.

Abandoning the run has been a habit under Sherman, who called three run plays in the second half of Sunday's miserable loss. "We really haven’t had many explosive runs this year which is not good, we need to continue to build towards that," Sherman said, perhaps accidentally calling himself out. "A lack of productivity in the run game caused me to veer off into another direction." Sherman made no mention of the Dolphins' stunning "lack of productivity" in the passing game. Sherman's "game plan" allowed the Bills to blitz Ryan Tannehill with impunity, resulting in seven sacks and countless other hurries. If coach Joe Philbin and GM Jeff Ireland manage to save their jobs, they'd be wise to find a new play-caller.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 05:32:00 PM

Lamar Miller rushed three times for eight yards and caught no passes in Sunday's Week 16 loss at Buffalo.

Miller appears to have hit absolute rock bottom. The Dolphins announced no injury, so it looks like he simply got demoted behind Daniel Thomas (10 touches) early on and stayed there. It's the seventh time this season Miller has been held to 20 rushing yards or fewer, a result of both play-calling and ineffective play. Perhaps he's simply not physical enough to be an NFL feature back. Miller will wrap his wildly disappointing second season against the Jets in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 04:59:00 PM

Lamar Miller rushed 15 times for 61 yards in Miami's Week 15 win over the Patriots.

Miller was held without a gain on his lone reception. It was another baffling day in the Dolphins' backfield, as Miller got the start and out-touched Daniel Thomas 16-6. Thomas got the duo's lone score, catching a two-yard pass in the end zone. There's simply no way of predicting which way wishy washy play-caller Mike Sherman might go in Week 16, leaving Miller as a risky FLEX option for the fantasy finals.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 06:24:00 PM

Lamar Miller (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Patriots, as expected.

Miller was cleared early in the week and sustained no setbacks. But Daniel Thomas is coming off an excellent performance and we'd expect a fairly even timeshare in terms of touches. Neither Dolphins back is a very appetizing fantasy option.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 12:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Tannehill
2Matt Moore
3Brady Quinn
4Seth Lobato
RB1Lamar Miller
2Knowshon Moreno
3Daniel Thomas
4Mike Gillislee
5Damien Williams
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Knowshon Moreno
3RB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
WR11Mike Wallace
2Rishard Matthews
3Damian Williams
4Matt Hazel
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Brian Hartline
2Brandon Gibson
3Jarvis Landry
4Armon Binns
5Ryan Spadola
WR31Brandon Gibson
TE1Charles Clay
2Dion Sims
3Arthur Lynch
4Gator Hoskins
5Brett Brackett
K1Caleb Sturgis
2John Potter