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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 (ankle) is absent from the Week 3 injury report.
Miller tweaked his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss, but it wasn't serious enough to limit his reps this week. Taking over as the No. 1 back in the absence of Knowshon Moreno (elbow), Miller has RB2 appeal in the Dolphins' newly run-heavy offense. Sep 17 - 10:15 PM

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Lamar Miller (ankle) practiced on Tuesday.

The Dolphins don't issue official injury reports for their Tuesday sessions, but it obviously puts Miller on track to start Sunday's game against the Chiefs. With Knowshon Moreno (elbow) out 4-8 weeks, Miller is getting yet another chance to establish himself as an RB2.
Sep 16 - 7:04 PM

Lamar Miller left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, and did not return.

The Dolphins said Miller was healthy enough to go back in, but he didn't go back in. He had 16 touches for 53 yards before exiting. Miller was a near every-down back after Knowshon Moreno left with an elbow injury, but lost some change-of-pace work to Damien Williams. With Moreno potentially dealing with a multi-week absence, Miller is locked in as an RB2 going forward.
Sep 14 - 4:12 PM

Dolphins OC Bill Lazor indicated Monday that he will continue to shuffle and rotate Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno.

Both Miller and Moreno played well in Sunday's upset of New England, with Miller more involved in the passing game and as a change-of-pace back. Moreno was the clear-lead back on early downs. "I expect them both to contribute," said Lazor. "There might be days (where) sometimes they may rotate by series and sometimes they may rotate by play if there are particular things they want." For now, we'd view Moreno as an RB2 and Miller as a weekly flex option.
Sep 8 - 4:00 PM

Lamar Miller rushed 11 times for 59 yards in the Dolphins' Week 1 win over the Patriots, adding four catches for 19 yards and a touchdown.

Miller got the start over Knowshon Moreno, but ceded the keys to the backfield after losing a fumble midway through the second quarter. Miller was out-carried 20-8 after his cough up, with at least three of those totes coming simply because Moreno was winded. The good news is, Miller continued to operate as the Dolphins' passing-down back. Either way, Moreno should enter Week 2 as the firm No. 1 on early downs. Miller is shaping up as a boom-or-bust RB3 after again failing to seize the Dolphins' starting job in training camp.
Sep 7 - 6:47 PM

Lamar Miller is listed as the Dolphins' starting running back on the latest depth chart.

It's not a surprise, as the expectation continues to be that Miller will get the "starts" and most of the early-down work while Knowshon Moreno has emerged as the favorite for third-down and passing-game duties. Moreno could chip into Miller's snaps after Miller failed to produce during the preseason. The thing to take away is that Moreno's stock is on the rise, and Miller is treading water.
Sep 2 - 10:27 AM

The Miami Herald believes it's "clear" Lamar Miller has fallen behind Knowshon Moreno for lead-back duties.

Reporter Armando Salguero — whose gut is usually right — came to the conclusion after listening to OC Bill Lazor's Monday presser. "(I) feel very good about (Miller's) ability to be productive," Lazor said. "But if you're talking about the preseason games, his production needs to improve." Lazor also hinted he wants Miller to be more "decisive." We're unlikely to get a true idea of how the Dolphins' backfield will shake out before Sunday's opener against the Patriots, but it's obvious a committee is in order. It's just a matter of who is the lead dog.
Sep 1 - 2:47 PM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin suggested Lamar Miller remains ahead Knowshon Moreno for the starting running back job.

"I like everything Lamar has done since he's gotten here," Philbin said. "He's had an excellent offseason and camp. I like everything he's done since April 21." Miller has been splitting first-team reps this week, but is expected to open the season as Miami's primary early-down back. Moreno is the favorite for third down and pass protection snaps.
Aug 26 - 10:57 PM

Lamar Miller started the Dolphins' third preseason game, rushing for 34 yards on seven carries and catching two passes for three yards.

Despite the start, Miller rotated fairly evenly with Knowshon Moreno throughout the first half. Moreno ran well on Saturday night, but Miller put in a good showing as well. Miller may lose some work to Moreno, but he will remain an important part of the Dolphins' offense. Miller has 76 total yards on 20 preseason touches.
Aug 23 - 9:34 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Tannehill
2Matt Moore
RB1Lamar Miller
2Damien Williams
3Orleans Darkwa
4Daniel Thomas
5Knowshon Moreno
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Damien Williams
3RB1Lamar Miller
2Damien Williams
WR11Mike Wallace
2Brandon Gibson
WR21Brian Hartline
2Jarvis Landry
3Rishard Matthews
WR31Jarvis Landry
TE1Charles Clay
2Dion Sims
3Gator Hoskins
K1Caleb Sturgis