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Lamar Miller | Running Back

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 216
College: Miami (FL)
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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

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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

Lamar Miller (concussion) remained "full" in Thursday's practice.

Barring a setback, Miller will be good to go against the Patriots. Once again mired in a timeshare with Daniel Thomas, Miller is a boom-or-bust FLEX option.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 06:17:00 PM

Lamar Miller (concussion) practiced in full Wednesday.

It's tremendous news after Miller was concussed last Sunday. It wasn't a severe concussion, but setbacks can always occur. For now, it appears Miller is right on track to suit up against the Patriots this week. He and Daniel Thomas will undoubtedly split the load, leaving neither as a reliable fantasy option. Keep an eye on Miller throughout the week, but he should be able to play.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 06:20:00 PM

Lamar Miller (concussion) was cleared to practice Tuesday.

Miller was spotted getting some exercise in during Tuesday's session, a tremendous sign just two days after his concussion. He'll still have to go through some steps in order to get cleared for game action, but he's certainly on the right track. If Miller doesn't feel any symptoms this week, he'll be an excellent bet to suit up against the Patriots come Sunday. In that scenario, we'd expect something close to an even timeshare with Daniel Thomas -- leaving both backs as unappealing fantasy plays.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 08:35:00 AM

A "source close" to Lamar Miller tells the Miami Herald his concussion isn't "too serious."

Miller got in some work in Tuesday's practice, though it's unclear how much. Either way, it's an excellent sign for his Week 15 prospects. The Dolphins will officially update Miller's status on Wednesday.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 01:31:00 PM

The Dolphins are reportedly optimistic that Lamar Miller (concussion) will get cleared for Week 15.

Miller doesn't have a concussion history and the one he sustained against the Steelers didn't appear overly severe. Still, he'll have to go through extensive testing and meet with independent doctors per the league's protocol. The Dolphins won't have a real idea on Miller's status until later in the week. Daniel Thomas is an add just in case he carries a full workload against the Patriots Sunday.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 08:16:00 AM

Lamar Miller sustained a concussion during Sunday's Week 14 game at Pittsburgh and will not return.

Miller took a big hit early in the third quarter and got up very slowly. It wasn't clear if he lost consciousness, but the Dolphins announced the concussion about 30 minutes later. Miller's day is done with six carries for 20 yards and two catches for 13 yards, as he shared work with Daniel Thomas even before the injury. Miller will be in a race to get cleared ahead of a Week 15 home game against the Patriots.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 03:16:00 PM

Lamar Miller (pectoral) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

There's been no indication that Miller's injury is a concern. Running as the Dolphins' clear-cut No. 1 back in the absence of Daniel Thomas, Miller is locked into 15-20 touches, and will be an RB2 against the Steelers.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 06:15:00 PM

Lamar Miller (pectoral) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Miller is making his first appearance on the injury report all season. Miller posted a respectable 72 yards on 22 carries against a stout Jets defense last week. He'll be a borderline RB2 this week against the Steelers.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 06:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Tannehill
2Matt Moore
3Pat Devlin
4Jordan Rodgers
RB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
3Daniel Thomas
4Marcus Thigpen
5Mike Gillislee
GLB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
3RB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
WR11Mike Wallace
2Rishard Matthews
3Armon Binns
4Kevin Cone
WR21Brian Hartline
2Brandon Gibson
3Damian Williams
4Ryan Spadola
5Michael Rios
WR31Brandon Gibson
TE1Charles Clay
2Dion Sims
3Michael Egnew
4Kyle Miller
5Emmanuel Ogbuehi
K1Caleb Sturgis