It is no secret that the Miami Dolphins have long been fans of running back Lamar Miller, and they like him so much that they were willing to let Reggie Bush go to the Detroit Lions and stick with Miller as the starter and Daniel Thomas as the backup. Miller is clearly better than Thomas, in my eyes, and that’s based on what I’ve seen from him in college, in the limited carries he had in a semi-redshirt rookie season, and the praise the Dolphins have heaped on him due to his performances at offseason workouts.
We’ve heard a lot about what Jeff Ireland has had to say about Miller, and Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin recently praised Miller for his work this offseason. Via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, “He is very smart. I think he has really progressed from a mental standpoint as a professional in his second season. He has very good hands. We like a lot of the things he is doing in pass protection. Again, we have to temper our enthusiasm based on how he does in pads, but I think is understanding of how he fits in the protection scheme is very good. We use that term, ‘closing the distance.’ He has done an excellent job in that regard in the spring, so we’ll have to see how that carries over to the fall.”
Miller is locked in as the starter, and there is no doubt that he’ll be getting plenty of carries as a second-year back. I expect him to be solid next season, and he has a chance to become the next feature back for the Dolphins organization. They will certainly be banking on Miller to give this team a well balanced offense, and the early indications are that Miller is ready and progressing well enough to be able to provide that for the Dolphins.