Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:01pm
Lamar Miller will see a heavy workload with Moreno sidelined.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (elbow, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 3. Lamar Miller injured his ankle in Week 2, but he’s not on the injury report this week, so he’s in line for a big workload. The Chiefs are yielding 4.4 YPC through two games.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (elbow) missed practice again Thursday. Lamar Miller injured his ankle in Week 2, but it doesn’t sound like that is going to keep him out this week. The Chiefs are yielding 4.4 YPC through two games.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm
Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (elbow) did not practice Wednesday. Lamar Miller injured his ankle in Week 2, but it doesn’t sound like that is going to keep him out this week. The Chiefs are yielding 4.4 YPC through two games.
"I'm looking forward to it," Miller said. "Every running back wants the ball in their hands. So I feel like the more carries you get, the more comfortable you get with the team you're going against. I'm pretty up for the challenge."
Miller injured his ankle in Week 2, but it doesn’t sound like that is going to keep him out this week. The Chiefs are yielding 4.4 YPC through two games.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 8:33pm
As long as he doesn't suffer a setback, Miller will likely carry the bulk of the Dolphins' tailback workload despite the re-signing of Daniel Thomas on Monday. But coach Joe Philbin actually hinted that rookie tailback Damien Williams might have his role on offensive expanded during the four weeks Knowshon Moreno is sidelined his dislocated left elbow.
"[Damien] didn't have a lot of carries in the game Sunday, but we thought the runs that he did have, he didn't look out of place," Philbin said. "So we'll see how it shakes out during the practice week."
Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:17am
Agent Tony Fleming told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that his client Daniel Thomas has agreed on a contract with the team. It’s a return engagement for the 2011 second-round pick, who spent the last three seasons with the Dolphins and was cut on the way to 53 players last month.
Thomas was cut by the Dolphins leading up to the season. The team lost running back Knowshon Moreno to a dislocated elbow early in Sunday’s loss to the Bills and then watched Lamar Miller hobble off with an ankle problem later in the game, leaving them short on backs, the story said. Miller is apparently OK but was held out of the game, a loss to the Bills in Week 2. Damien Williams got five carries for 19 yards and will likely play a role in Week 3.
Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:54am
The Dolphins’ offense was already without Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey, arguably its most productive player. Now they’ll try to live life without RB Knowshon Moreno, undoubtedly their most product running back.
Most likely, this won’t be good.
The immediate effect will be two-fold: it’ll shift even more responsibility on the frighteningly inaccurate arm of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and it’ll test the offensive line because the Dolphins will be in more second- and third-and-long situations, making the pass predictable and making the all-out pass rush almost inevitable.
The story went on to say that the running game is now in the hands of Lamar Miller, but the author considers him a number-two back. He feels Miller is improved but doesn't break tackles and he's not a guy who can carry the ball 15-17 times a game. It certainly doesn't paint a great picture for the Dolphins run game, or for Miller fantasy owners. But the good news is Miller has some favorable rushing matchups straight through Week 8, so it's possible Miller at least has value as a RB3 or flex play.
Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno suffered a dislocated left shoulder and possible fracture that will keep him out of the lineup at least four weeks but up to eight weeks if there is a serious fracture, a source told The Herald Sunday.
Moreno, the Dolphins running back, injured himself on his first carry of the game. He gain four yards and did not play the rest of the game.
It is likely general manager Dennis Hickey will go hunting for a running back tonight or Monday morning.
It was a blow to the Miami running game because in Week 1 Moreno rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries in a win over the Pats. The Dolphins will have to rely on Lamar Miller now who finished with 11 carries for 46 yards against the Bills. The Dolphins also used Damien Williams on Sunday, giving him five carries. With a bye in Week 5, Miller has favorable matchups straight through Week 8: Chiefs (Week 3, 26th), Raiders (Week 4, 30th), Packers (Week 6, 27th), Bears (Week 7, 24th), Jaguars (Week 8, 23rd).
OC Bill Lazor said he did not even think about who should be the starter until a team official mentioned to him Monday that reporters might ask him about it during his one weekly availability.
“The question about who takes the first snap, now it’s on my mind, but I hadn’t considered it really yet,” he said. “I expect them both to contribute. There might be days (where) sometimes they may rotate by series and sometimes they may rotate by play if there are particular things they want.
“Sometimes a guy may just need a blow for a moment and, when he comes out because he’s had a couple of plays in a row, we happen to call three straight runs. Some of it is going to be luck of the draw and the flow of the game. If a guy, if it’s his turn to play and he runs for three first downs in a row, he’s going to get to play more. They also get to earn some of it.”
Week 1 both backs produced fantasy numbers, but that may not always be the case. Right now, Moreno seems a bit safer based on Week 1's workload. Miller was more involved in the passing game. Indications before the season were that Miller would be a change of pace back with certain packages of plays and Week 1 seemed to fall in line with that.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm
Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday. Moreno will be in a timeshare with Lamar Miller. HC Joe Philbin said that he will use his in-game judgment when distributing carries between the two backs, implying that it may be a “hot hand” situation.
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:23pm
Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Moreno will be in a timeshare with Lamar Miller. HC Joe Philbin said that he will use his in-game judgment when distributing carries between the two backs, implying that it may be a “hot hand” situation.
Dolphins beat writer James Walker on the Lamar Miller/Knowshon Moreno question: The Dolphins won't say definitely until game time, but the expectation during the week is Lamar Miller will get the start. Miller has been No. 1 on the depth chart all offseason and even this week when the team released their updated roster. I understand that this is a big question, especially in the fantasy football community, but in reality it's a formality. Whoever has the hot hand Sunday will get most of the carries against the Patriots.
Moreno seems to be fully recovered from knee surgery and he ran well against the Cowboys in the preseason. The Dolphins haven't been happy with the running game for some time, and they went out and signed Moreno in free agency, so we expect he'll have every chance to win the job if Lamar Miller continues to underperform.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:02pm
Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Moreno will be in a timeshare with Lamar Miller. HC Joe Philbin said that he will use his in-game judgment when distributing carries between the two backs, implying that it may be a “hot hand” situation.
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said he plans to trust his coaching instincts with the running game on Sunday. If one running back is having success against New England and getting the hot hand, that could lead to the Dolphins leaning on Knowshon Moreno or Lamar Miller more than the other.
"We'll see how the game unfolds," Philbin said. "I expect both of those guys will get some carries. We don't have a set number today of Lamar is going to get X and Knowshon will get X. We'll see."
The Dolphins backfield might be the most murky RBBC heading into the season. Miller has been atop the depth chart all offseason, but Moreno is back (and healthy), and has been impressive in his limited preseason opportunities. The team went out and signed Moreno in the offseason, so we believe that they are more invested in him than they are in Miller. Moreno is probably the better all-around back, so if he stays healthy, he will likely lead the team in touches this season. We currently have Miller a shade ahead of Moreno in our draft rankings, though Week 1 should shed some light on how the team intends to use each of the backs on game day.
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