When the Miami Dolphins selected Lamar Miller in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, many thought it was only a matter of time before he became the starting running back.
At the University of Miami, Miller redshirted his first season in 2009. He played 11 games 2010 in with one star and rushed for 646 yards on 108 carries with six touchdowns. Miller became the Hurricanes’ starting running back in 2011 as he rushed for 1272 yards and nine touchdowns. Miller became the first Miami running back since Willis McGahee in 2002 to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season.
In Miller's first season in the NFL, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry on only 51 attempts. It appears Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Tannehill has a lot of confident in Miller.
On NFL Network's "NFL Total Access,” Tannehill stated without hesitation that Miller, who is is taking a majority of the snaps with the Dolphins' first team in the OTAs, is well ahead of 2011 second-rounder Daniel Thomas and rookie from Florida Mike Gillislee.
"He's (Lamar Miller) doing a great job this offseason, really has a great handle on the offense and he's doing a great job protecting.”
Miller should benefit the most from the signing of wide receiver Mike Wallace. Teams will be so focused on not letting Wallace get behind the secondary and defenses won't respect the run as much.
Dolphins also signed receiver Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller. So the game plan of opposing teams will be how to slow down the passing attack of the Dolphins.
This should open up opportunities for Miller to have a 1,000 yard season and a few touchdowns.
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