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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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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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Tannehill
2Matt Moore
RB1Lamar Miller
2Knowshon Moreno
3Damien Williams
4Orleans Darkwa
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Knowshon Moreno
3RB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
WR11Mike Wallace
2Rishard Matthews
3Matt Hazel
WR21Brian Hartline
2Brandon Gibson
3Jarvis Landry
4Tommy Streeter
WR31Brandon Gibson
TE1Charles Clay
2Dion Sims
3Gator Hoskins
K1Caleb Sturgis