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Should Lamar Miller start in 2014?


There is some noise around the Dolphins organization that  the Dolphins may be trying to draft a running back this year. I don’t think that drafting another running back is good for the Dolphins.

Lamar Miller should get a shot to be a full time starter, instead of being a “co-starter”. He was inconsistent in 2013 like most of the Dolphins but he did do a lot to like.

Miller averaged 4.0 yards a carry behind arguably the worst offensive line in football. That average is better than Chris Johnson, Doug Martin and Steve Jackson.

When Miller got 8 or more carries in a game he averaged 4.3 yards a carry, but only 2.5 yards a carry when running the ball 7 times or less. The Dolphins rushed the ball less than their opponent 11 times in 2013. With more carries, especially for Miller, it would be interesting to see what Miami’s record would be.

The one thing keeping Miller from being the starter was said to be his pass protection. His blocking improved so much that he was actually doing a better job than Daniel Thomas. It was clear he was working on becoming a better blocking running back.

Miller also only fumbled the ball once in 2013, it came against the Bengals on Thursday night football. Miller broke off a run that should of been a touchdown, but instead of bouncing outside he stayed inside and the ball got knocked out from behind.

That brings up Miller’s biggest fault. His  field vision could use some work. Miller would tend to run into the pile instead of bouncing outside where there is a hole.

It is tough to work on this in game situations, especially when defenders would leak through the line on every run. I’d like to see Miller behind an okay line to see how much he can improve.

The Dolphins have spent too many high picks on running backs in the last few years. Miller deserves a shot to be Miami’s number one running back. Hopefully  he can get that shot in 2014.

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2 Responses to “Should Lamar Miller start in 2014?”

  1. Beach potato says:

    Mike Gillislee is the next RB. He is a faster Emmitt Smith style RB.

  2. Anderson says:

    Hope you’re right, Beach.

    What I would like to see the Fins add, if the draft allows, is that “beast” kind of running back who is reliable on 3d and 1.

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