Free Agent RB Lamar Miller Says He Wants to be a Featured Back

Lamar Miller

Free agent Lamar Miller told Joe Rose of 790 The Ticket in Miami he wants to be a “featured back,” Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Miller added, “I want the recognition I deserve.”

Rose told Miller that he averaged 15 touches per game last season and asked him what would be a good number. “Twenty,” Miller said.

Miller, a free agent, said he would “love to stay” with the Dolphins but that it’s a business, and that Stephen Ross “picked the right guy” with Adam Gase.

Schefter Gives Three Names the Dolphins Will Speak To About Head Coaching Job

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While the Dolphins will give serious consideration to interim coach Dan Campbell, the team is also looking to chat with a number of fellow AFC East coaches according to Adam Schefter of ESPN:

Owner Stephen Ross put out a letter to season ticket holders that Campbell would get a serious look to be the full-time coach of the Dolphins, and beating the Patriots Sunday can only help that matter.

Dolphins Defense Dominates – Improve to 5-7; Top Ravens 15-13

The Dolphins were outgained 375 to 219 yards by the Ravens on Sunday, but made the most of their yards as they topped Baltimore 15-13 to improve to 5-7 on the season.

The defense of the Dolphins picked off a pair of deflected Matt Schaub passes to score two touchdowns 20 seconds apart late in the first half Sunday, and it was enough to lead them to the win.

The Ravens moved into Dolphins territory twice in the final six minutes but failed to score as Miami’s defense helped get the win.

On the day the Fins put up just eight first downs, but it was enough to improve to 4-4 under Dan Campbell.

Reshad Jones intercepted a pass batted by defensive tackle Jordan Phillips to set up the game’s first score. On the next play, Ryan Tannehill hit a leaping DeVante Parker at the goal line for a 38-yard touchdown.

Just three plays later Derrick Shelby batted a pass in the air, caught it and ran 22 yards to the end zone for his first NFL touchdown.

The Dolphins D put up a goal-line stand in the second quarter, and turned away the Ravens down the stretch. Olivier Vernon totaled 2 1/2 sacks, one on third down with the Ravens nearing field goal range and five minutes left.

Lamar Miller rushed for 113 yards, but Tannehill went 9 for 19 for just 86 yards, but it was good enough for the two-point win.

Dolphins at Eagles Wednesday NFL Injury Report

MIAMI DOLPHINS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Ja’Wuan James (toe), LB Spencer Paysinger (neck), G Billy Turner (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Jordan Cameron (hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (ankle), S Jordan Kovacs (knee), LB Koa Misi (foot), WR DeVante Parker (foot), DT Jordan Phillips (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Brice McCain (knee), RB Damien Williams (hand)
 
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Jerome Couplin (shoulder), S Malcolm Jenkins (concussion)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Josh Andrews (head), WR Riley Cooper (toe), T Jason Peters (back), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Nelson Agholor (ankle), LB Kiko Alonso (knee), TE Trey Burton (hamstring), RB Ryan Mathews (groin), RB DeMarco Murray (groin)

NFL Week Eight Preview – Miami at New England

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The 8th week of the NFL slate kicks off with an AFC East matchup as the New England Patriots play host to the rival Miami Dolphins in a game that a few weeks back looked like a mismatch, but now has taken on a much different look with how well the Fins have played the last two weeks.

Miami since firing Joe Philbin a few weeks ago look like a totally different team, as tight end coach Dan Campbell has energized the team to getting them to playing a lot closer to the potential that many felt they would be at during the summer.

”With the changes that happened, we honestly feel like it was a new season,” Miami linebacker Kelvin Sheppard said. ”That’s from the top down. That’s what our head man stands before us and says. We’ve all bought into that, and that’s truly what we believe.”

Last week Miami built a 41-0 halftime lead on the Texans before cruising to a win to get to 3-3 on the season. Ryan Tannehill and the offense have been more aggressive with Campbell at the helm, and RB Lamar Miller ran all over Houston last week.

If the Dolphins are going to beat New England, it’s critical for Miami to hold onto the ball and keep it out of the hands of the always dangerous Tom Brady and New England’s offense.

The Fins have dropped 12 of 14 to New England, and Campbell knows how big of a boost it would be if they could land the Pats their first loss of the season.

”We really need this win,” Campbell said. ”We’re capable of beating this team. They’re not going to be easy. They never are. You’ve got Tom Brady, you’ve got the great (coach) Bill Belichick.”

The Miami offense is rolling, as they have averaged 937 yards over the last two games after averaging 314.8 in the first four.

Tannehill has thrown six of his 13 touchdowns in the last two and was not intercepted in Sunday’s win. If Miami is going to land the upset, they need those numbers to be duplicated against the Pats.

Last week in a win over the Jets 30-23, Brady threw for 355 yards, and both of his TDs came while going 14 of 17 in the fourth quarter to help erase a four-point deficit.

Rob Gronkowski caught a season-high 11 passes for 108 yards and one of those TDs. He is a big mismatch for the Dolphins, and could have a huge night against Miami.

New England has a huge edge at home, as they have lost once in the last 22 home games – including the playoffs.

Miami is getting closer, but look for Tannehill to make one or two huge mistakes, and the Pats to per usual take care of business against the Dolphins.

New England 31 Miami 23

Miami – Ryan Tannehill 237 yards 1 TD, Lamar Miller 84 yards rushing 1 TD, Jarvis Landry 77 yards receiving 1 TD
New England – Tom Brady 294 yards 3 TDs, LeGarrette Blount 49 yards, Rob Gronkowski 118 yards receiving 1 TD

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Dolphins vs Patriots Wednesday Injury Report

MIAMI DOLPHINS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS on Thursday night
MIAMI DOLPHINS (Miami conducted a walk through on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)
 
Status Report
  QUESTIONABLE CB Brice McCain (knee)
 
  PROBABLE CB Zackary Bowman (shoulder), CB Brent Grimes (knee, ribs), LB Chris McCain (not injury related), QB Matt Moore (nose), LB Spencer Paysinger (groin), DT Jordan Phillips (ankle), C Mike Pouncey (hip)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Monday LB Chris McCain (not injury related)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday CB Zackary Bowman (shoulder), CB Brent Grimes (knee, ribs), CB Brice McCain (knee), QB Matt Moore (nose), LB Spencer Paysinger (groin)
  Tuesday CB Zackary Bowman (shoulder), CB Brent Grimes (knee, ribs), CB Brice McCain (knee), QB Matt Moore (nose), LB Spencer Paysinger (groin)
  Wednesday CB Zackary Bowman (shoulder), CB Brent Grimes (knee, ribs), CB Brice McCain (knee), QB Matt Moore (nose)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday DT Jordan Phillips (ankle), C Mike Pouncey (hip)
  Tuesday LB Chris McCain (not injury related), DT Jordan Phillips (ankle), C Mike Pouncey (hip)
  Wednesday LB Chris McCain (not injury related), LB Spencer Paysinger (groin), DT Jordan Phillips (ankle), C Mike Pouncey (hip)
 
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
 
Status Report
  OUT T Marcus Cannon (toe), LB Rufus Johnson (illness), DE Jabaal Sheard (ankle)
 
  QUESTIONABLE RB Brandon Bolden (hamstring), RB Dion Lewis (abdomen), WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring), G Shaquille Mason (knee)
 
  PROBABLE DE Trey Flowers (knee, shoulder), LB Dont’a Hightower (ribs), G Josh Kline (shoulder)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Monday T Marcus Cannon (toe), LB Rufus Johnson (illness), DE Jabaal Sheard (ankle)
  Tuesday T Marcus Cannon (toe), LB Rufus Johnson (illness), DE Jabaal Sheard (ankle)
  Wednesday T Marcus Cannon (toe), LB Rufus Johnson (illness), DE Jabaal Sheard (ankle)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday RB Brandon Bolden (hamstring), RB Dion Lewis (abdomen), WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring), G Shaquille Mason (knee)
  Tuesday RB Brandon Bolden (hamstring), RB Dion Lewis (abdomen), WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring), G Shaquille Mason (knee)
  Wednesday RB Brandon Bolden (hamstring), RB Dion Lewis (abdomen), WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring), G Shaquille Mason (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday DE Trey Flowers (knee, shoulder), LB Dont’a Hightower (ribs), G Josh Kline (shoulder)
  Tuesday DE Trey Flowers (knee, shoulder), LB Dont’a Hightower (ribs), G Josh Kline (shoulder)
  Wednesday DE Trey Flowers (knee, shoulder), LB Dont’a Hightower (ribs), G Josh Kline (shoulder)

 

 

Dolphins at Patriots NFL Week 8 Capsule

MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-3) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-0)

SERIES

  DOLPHINS PATRIOTS
THURS. RECORD 11-6 8-5
SERIES LEADER 51-45  
STREAKS   8 of past 10
COACHES VS. OPP. Dan Campbell: 0-0 Bill Belichick: 19-13
LAST WEEK W 44-26 vs. Texans W 30-23 vs. Jets
LAST GAME 12/14/14: Dolphins 13 at Patriots 41. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 287 yards & 2 TDs (93.4 passer rating). Patriots CB Kyle Arrington returns blocked FG 62 yards for TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/14/14
REFEREE Pete Morelli
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagles, Boomer Esiason. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Mia.), 93 (NE). XM: 225 (Mia.), 226 (NE).

STATS

PASSING Tannehill: 137-219-1628-13-7-91.7 Brady: 173-251-2054-16-1-113.2
RUSHING Miller: 70-419-6.0-2 Blount: 52-246-4.7-4
RECEIVING Landry: 36-395-11.0-2 Edelman: 45-503-11.2-4
OFFENSE 366.0 410.8
TAKE/GIVE -1 +5
DEFENSE 369.8 358.7
SACKS Wake: 6 Cha. Jones: 6.5
INTs Grimes, Jones: 2 Harmon, Ryan: 2
PUNTING Darr (R): 48.3 Allen: 46.6
KICKING Franks (R): 31 (16/18 PAT; 5/6 FG) Gostkowski: 69 (24/24 PAT; 15/15 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed NFL-record 25 consec. passes during 2-game span. Aims for 6th in row with 2 TDs. In last TNF game (11/13/14 vs. Buf.), passed for 240 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.8 rating…Last week, RB LAMAR MILLER joined CHRIS JOHNSON as only players in NFL history with 50+ yard TD rec. (54) & 85+ yard TD run (85) in same game. Aims for 3rd in row with 110+ rush yards…WR-PR JARVIS LANDRY had 8 catches for 99 yards in last meeting. Led team with 5 catches for 83 yards & 2 TDs last week. WR RISHARD MATTHEWS has 75+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5, incl. 75 yards & TD vs. Hou…DE CAMERON WAKE has 6 sacks in past 2, incl. 2 last week. Since 2013, CB BRENT GRIMES has 11 INTs, tied for most among AFC CBs. S RESHAD JONES leads team with 59 tackles & had INT vs. Hou…PATRIOTS: Are 6-0 for 3rd time (2004, 2007)…Last week, QB TOM BRADY (213) surpassed T BRUCE ARMSTRONG (212) for most starts in NE history. Passed for 355 yards vs. NYJ & became 5th NFL player with 55,000 career. Aims for 7th in row with 2+ TDs. Has 8-0 record as starter on Thurs. & has passed for 2,249 yards with 20 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 112 rating…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT had rush TD in last meeting. RB DION LEWIS has TD in 3 of past 4…In past 11 (incl. playoffs), WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 86 catches for 1,013 yards & 7 TDs. In past 3 vs. Mia., has 26 catches for 322 yards & 2 TDs. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has TD catch in 3 of past 4 vs. Mia. In last game on Thurs. (Week 1 vs. Pit.), had 5 catches for 94 yards & 3 TDs. Has 12 TDs in past 12 (incl. playoffs), incl. 108 yards & 1 TD vs. NYJ. Since 2010, leads NFL with 60 TD rec…S PATRICK CHUNG & S DURON HARMON each had INT in last meeting. DE CHANDLER JONES has 6.5 sacks in past 5. LB JAMIE COLLINS has 8.5 sacks & blocked PAT in past 11.

Dolphins Blowout Texans 44-26 After Building 41-0 Halftime Lead

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins have gotten back to the basics with new coach Dan Campbell and after two games Miami looks like a whole new team. Sunday they topped the Texans 44-26, and it wasn’t even that close.

Ryan Tannehill completed his first 18 attempts and threw for four scores in first 16 minutes as the Dolphins at one point Sunday led it 41-0 before they took their foot off the gas.

Last week the Dolphins beat Tennessee 38-10, and Sunday’s 44 points means in two games they have outscored the competition 82-36 since Campbell took over.

”It’s not me; it’s this team,” Campbell said. ”These guys want it. To watch the transformation they’ve made and the ownership they’ve begun to take, I’m glad I’m part of it.”

The Dolphins had been 0-7 previously against Houston, the only team they had never beaten. Miami became the first team in at least 75 years to score four offensive touchdowns of at least 50 yards in a half, according to STATS.

Tannehill extended his two-game streak to 25 consecutive completions, an NFL record, before he threw his only incompletion in the fourth quarter.

Jarvis Landry went through the Texans D for a 50-yard catch and run for a score. He also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill.

Lamar Miller scored on a 54-yard reception and an 85-yard run. Rishard Matthews scored the game’s first points when turned a short pass from Tannehill into a 53-yard score.

That was all in the opening half, when the Dolphins built a 41-0 lead. They tied a franchise record of 21 points in the first quarter, done three other times, and 35 points at halftime set in 1967, their second season.

The Dolphins began pulling their regulars at halftime. The Texans drew little solace from scoring four touchdowns in the second half.

It’s great to see what Campbell and the team has been capable of with their new outlook, and it will be interesting to see what they do Thursday against the Patriots.

“Give credit to Dan and rest of the coaching staff that they’ve turned it around,” Tannehill said.