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Lamar Miller | Running Back | #26

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 225
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (97) / MIA
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According to the Houston Chronicle, Lamar Miller will have a "versatile role as an inside and outside running presence" with the Texans, and "figures to be a healthy part of the passing game."
The Texans saw firsthand what Miller could do as an all-purpose threat in Week 7 last year, as he parlayed 14 carries into 175 yards and a touchdown with three catches for 61 yards and an additional score in a 44-26 Dolphins win over Houston. Even so, Miller averaged just 15 touches per game his final year in Miami. The 25-year-old's workload is certain to grow on a Texans team that has ranked No. 1 and No. 5 in the NFL in rushing attempts since Bill O'Brien took over as coach. Miller made significant strides in the passing game last year, setting career highs in catches, receiving yards, and yards per catch, and grading out as a top-three pass-blocking back at Pro Football Focus. Jun 5 - 11:24 PM

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According to the Houston Chronicle, new Texans RB Lamar Miller "had grown weary of being underutilized in the Dolphins' offense."

Miller averaged just 15 touches per game last season despite managing 4.5 yards per carry and 8.4 yards per catch. "I know in this offense, they get their running backs involved," Miller said. "I just wanted to be a part of that. I feel like with my skill set, I can help this offense." With the money they're paying Miller and a clear commitment to the run under coach Bill O'Brien (at least as he's searched for a quarterback), Miller should average 18-20 weekly touches in 2016. He'll be a much stronger bet for RB1 production than he was with the Dolphins.
Mar 10 - 10:02 PM

Texans agreed to terms with RB Lamar Miller, formerly of the Dolphins, on a four-year, $26 million contract.

The deal includes $14 million guaranteed, and is worth an annual $6.5 million. It's more than fair for a 25-year-old back (in April) who owns a 4.6 career YPC, catches passes and rarely gets hurt. It's surprising the Dolphins were so willing to let Miller walk while handing out gobs of money to veteran defensive free agents. Miller could remain part of a committee in Houston, but will undoubtedly be chairman. His fantasy game might finally explode in 2016. He's a firm RB1.
Mar 9 - 3:27 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans remain the "team to beat" for free agent Lamar Miller, but that the Cowboys are "in the mix."

Miller appears to be as good as gone from Miami. Both the Texans and Cowboys have massive needs at running back. Miller hasn't been strongly linked to anyone else.
Mar 9 - 2:12 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports Lamar Miller is expected to cost "roughly $6.5 million per year."

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are making a "strong push" to sign Miller, and the Chronicle echoes those sentiments. Considering Chris Ivory reportedly got more than $6 million per year from the Jaguars, signing the much younger and more versatile Miller for "just" $6.5 million would be a steal. The Cowboys are also reportedly interested.
Mar 8 - 10:33 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are making a "strong push" for free agent Lamar Miller.

Per Rapsheet, the sides are "working toward a deal." Durable, versatile and consistently productive, Miller could end up the running back gem of this year's free agent class. He's just 25 (in April). He'd be a big loss for the Dolphins, and an ideal Arian Foster replacement for the Texans.
Mar 8 - 1:59 PM

The Miami Herald has heard the Cowboys are a "possibility" to land free agent Lamar Miller.

Teams linked to Miller thus far include the Cowboys, Texans, and Buccaneers. For Miller's Dynasty owners, Dallas would be an ideal landing spot behind the NFL's premier offensive line with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant due back healthy.
Mar 8 - 10:47 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans have "strong interest" in free agent Lamar Miller.

The Texans have also been linked with Chris Ivory in their attempt to replace Arian Foster, who was cut last week. Miller's market was surprisingly quiet on the first day of the tampering window, but it sounds like it could pick up steam prior to Wednesday. Only 24, Miller has the highest long-term upside of any back available.
Mar 8 - 9:26 AM

The Tampa Tribune reports free agent Lamar Miller "is expected to be a target of the Bucs" if they lose Doug Martin in free agency.

Like Chris Ivory, Miller is apparently being viewed as a fallback target in case Martin walks. Tampa beat writers fully expect Martin to test the market, but it's still possible he determines his best option is staying with the team that drafted him. As for Miller, he's drawn surprisingly little buzz since the legal tampering period began. His market should heat up on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Mar 7 - 7:28 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports impending free agent RB Lamar Miller will hit the open market.

The Dolphins and Miller have been working on a new deal, but Salguero reports nothing is expected to happen before free agency begins Wednesday. ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports Miller is looking for a deal similar to the $8 million AAV DeMarco Murray received last offseason, but she hears his market will be closer to the $4-to-$5 million range. If he is disappointed by the offers he hears during the legal tampering period, it is possible Miller hashes out a compromise with Miami before Wednesday.
Mar 7 - 11:36 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "continue to work" on re-signing free agent Lamar Miller.

Per reporter Barry Jackson, the "question" is whether the Dolphins are willing to exceed $5 million per season. It would probably be worth it in Miller's case. He's a durable, versatile back who doesn't turn 25 until next month. New coach Adam Gase prefers a balanced offense, and Miller would be a wonderful fit.
Mar 3 - 11:52 PM

The Dolphins will open contract talks with free agent Lamar Miller this week.

The Dolphins want to re-sign Miller, but have a potential three-down replacement in Jay Ajayi. With limited cap space, Miami should prioritize re-signing DE Olivier Vernon over Miller. 24-year-old Miller should push for $5M-plus annually.
Feb 24 - 5:10 PM

Free agent Lamar Miller told Miami's 790 The Ticket he wants to be a "featured back."

"Twenty," Miller replied when asked how many touches per game he wants. "I want to be a featured back," he said. "I want the recognition I deserve." Miller added that he would "love to stay" with the Dolphins, and believes the team "picked the right guy" in new head coach Adam Gase. Among NFL running backs with at least 300 rushing attempts, Miller's career 4.59 YPC average is tenth among active players behind Jamaal Charles (5.47), Darren Sproles (4.97), Justin Forsett (4.91), Adrian Peterson (4.90), C.J. Spiller (4.88), C.J. Anderson (4.75), DeAngelo Williams (4.75), DeMarco Murray (4.64), and LeSean McCoy (4.62).
Feb 20 - 12:29 PM

The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley reports the Dolphins "definitely" want to re-sign impending free agent Lamar Miller.

Beasley correctly says the sticking point will be Miller's price tag. Miller will not turn 25 until April and has averaged 4.6 yards on 638 career rushing attempts. Explosive and young, Miller is arguably the highest-upside back available in free agency and should command north of $5 million annually. Miami is in the process of clearing serious cap space, but that still may be too high a price to pay with sophomore Jay Ajayi waiting in the wings.
Feb 15 - 11:13 AM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker said there is a "40 percent" chance impending free agent Lamar Miller returns to Miami.

That might be generous. The Dolphins may be able to convince Miller the new coaching staff will better utilize him after being woefully underused the last four seasons, but they would still need to come up with the money. With Doug Martin likely staying with the Bucs, Miller will be the hottest young running back on the open market, and Miami is currently projected to be over the cap. They can save around $18 million by restructuring Ndamukong Suh's deal, but they also need to re-sign DE Olivier Vernon. With those cap limitations, spending a lot of money on a running back might not make sense.
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 9:31 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brock Osweiler
2Brandon Weeden
3Tom Savage
RB1Lamar Miller
2Alfred Blue
3Jonathan Grimes
4Tyler Ervin
5Akeem Hunt
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Alfred Blue
3RB1Lamar Miller
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
2Soma Vainuku
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Jaelen Strong
3Keith Mumphery
4Josh Lenz
5Richard Mullaney
WR21Will Fuller
2Cecil Shorts
3Braxton Miller
4Wendall Williams
5Tevin Jones
WR31Cecil Shorts
TE1Ryan Griffin
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Anthony Denham
4Eric Tomlinson
5Stephen Anderson
LT1Duane Brown
2Chris Clark
3Andrew McDonald
LG1Xavier Su'a-Filo
2Chad Slade
3Arturo Uzdavinis
C1Nick Martin
2Tony Bergstrom
3Greg Mancz
4Dalton Freeman
RG1Jeff Allen
2Oday Aboushi
3Karim Barton
RT1Derek Newton
2Jeff Adams
3Kendall Lamm
K1Nick Novak
2Ka'imi Fairbairn