Lamar Miller Fantasy News
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:50pm
Dolphins C Mike Pouncey will begin camp on the physically unable to perform list. He needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip last month and is expected to miss the start of the season. Though the best-case scenario is he’ll be back in late September, there is now concern he could be shelved for the first half of the season.
A source familiar with the center’s surgery and recovery says it’s likely he will miss four months (from the time of surgery June 23). That would carry the rehab process through September and into late October.
“Eight weeks is probably what we’re looking at,” the source said Wednesday.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 9:23am
Miller also showed big-play ability, with a 49-yard run against Atlanta and a 41-yard gain against Cincinnati. Miller is hoping to become more consistent in his third season and also take steps in the passing game, both in picking up blitzers and catching the ball out of the backfield.
Whether or not he retains his starting job, Miller should be an important player on offense.
Miller is competing with free agent pickup Knowshon Moreno, who was rumored to have had minor knee surgery and may not be ready for the start of camp, according to the story. That could give Miller the inside track as the starter, but either way, both backs figure to be factors. Given Moreno is the better pass blocker, he at least figures to have a role on third down in the passing game, giving him more PPR value. Daniel Thomas is expected to take the hit in touches.
Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) out at least three months
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:42am
Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey underwent hip surgery Monday and is expected to miss at least three months, sources familiar with the injury said.
Pouncey also faces a possible suspension from the NFL. He's the only player implicated in last year's bullying scandal still on the Dolphins' roster.
Pouncey tore the labrum in his hip sometime during the Dolphins' offseason workouts. His absence will shake up a Miami offensive line that was transformed this offseason. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Pouncey was the lone returning starter on the unit, the leader of the line and arguably Miami's best offensive player.
Knowshon Moreno (knee) to have surgery, out 4-5 weeks
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:27am
He'll be out four to five weeks. That means he could miss the start of training camp and possibly the first preseason game or two.
This is a setback for Moreno who showed up to camp out of shape and will have trouble getting into football shape while he's rehabbing knee surgery. Lamar Miller looks like the RB1, at least to start the season. He's capable of fantasy RB2 numbers if the team shows faith in him. Last year, he didn't get consistent touches, but there is a new offensive coordinator (Bill Lazor, formerly of Philadelphia) and Miller might be a (very) poor man's LeSean McCoy.
Knowshon Moreno may need knee surgery
Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:20am
Friday morning, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that RB Knowshon Moreno's lack of activity is due to his left knee, which has been bothering him this spring. It was sore yesterday, so the Dolphins had him take it easy -- it is not the knee in which he suffered a torn ACL in 2011.
Rapoport, citing a source who spoke to the player, reported that Moreno's knee did feel better than it had previously, however, arthroscopic surgery is possible. The running back plans to see a doctor in Miami next week to find out.
Arthroscopic surgery, commonly known as a "scope," typically involves the cleaning up of torn cartilage and usually involves a 3-4 week recovery time. If he has surgery, Moreno won't be able to get in shape while rehabbing his injury, so he may be further behind Lamar Miller in the competition to be the team's starting running back.
Knowshon Moreno dealing with a health issue
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:32pm
Moreno, who accounted for 1,586 total yards and 13 touchdowns as the Denver Broncos starter last season, has been battling a medical issue according to a source.
The source wouldn't go into specifics about the injury, but said Moreno has been hindered by it for a couple of weeks and needs time off to recovery.
This explains why Moreno hasn't been given many reps in practice. He has been running with the second or third string or not practicing at all in team drills. Lamar Miller currently sits atop the depth chart.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:11pm
But so far Daniel Thomas is actually getting in there before Moreno.
Moreno does not appear to be hurt. He participated in foot drills. But when it came time for 11 on 11s and 7 on 7s, Moreno was nowhere to be found.
Coach Joe Philbin said it simply was a coaches’ decision to distribute practice reps the way they did Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 12:19pm
It’s fair to say that Dolphins RB Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno are competing for a starting spot. And in the end Coach Joe Philbin might make it like last year when he frustrates reporters and fantasy football owners by never really naming a starting running back.
Lamar Miller is a better fit for new spread offense
Friday, June 13, 2014, 8:14pm
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller’s speed allows him to make the stretch runs that fuel the east-west aspect of a spread offense. Miller's better runs last year feature him getting outside the tackles, which is a staple of his skill set. The problem is Miller has to do a better job catching the ball and blocking to be a three-down tailback.
This doesn't mean that Miller will win the starting job, but he has been running ahead of the out-of-shape Knowshon Moreno.
Lamar Miller continues to 'lead the way' in RB competition
Monday, June 9, 2014, 7:28pm
Lamar Miller continues to lead the way in Miami's starting tailback competition. Miller worked with the first team for the third week in a row. So far, Miller also is making more plays in the running game than free-agent pickup Knowshon Moreno, who appears to be working his way into shape. Moreno was the favorite entering the spring after starting for the AFC champion Denver Broncos last season. "He's had a very good camp. ...This is the time as a third-year player that you're ready to make a big contribution," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said of Miller.
Knowshon Moreno has seemingly squandered a chance to win the RB1 job outright since he showed up to camp out of shape. Now Miller appears to be in the driver's seat. Miller finished as the #38 RB in standard formats, but if the Dolphins offense takes off under new OC Bill Lazor (formerly of the Eagles), then whoever wins the starting job should have at least RB3/flex appeal.
Philbin: Knowshon Moreno's conditioning could be better
Monday, June 2, 2014, 7:35pm
Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno continues to work primarily with the second team, with Lamar Miller taking a lot of first team snaps. Moreno dropped a pass today and Joe Philbin conceded that his conditioning could be better.
Moreno looks destined for a RB1 role in Miami, though his being out of shape isn't helping his cause. We currently have him ranked #28 in standard formats.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:59pm
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 11:06am
Despite the fact the Dolphins just signed Knowshon Moreno, despite the fact they like Lamar Miller, I'm told the personnel department would still like to add one more running back -- likely somewhere between the fourth-fifth rounds -- to add juice and get more talent in the backfield.
The draft is considered deep with RB talent. As the story points out, and as we speculated after the Moreno signing, this likely means the end for Daniel Thomas in Miami.
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 2:18pm
The Dolphins now have a full group of tailbacks that includes Knowshon Moreno, Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee and Marcus Thigpen. Not all five tailbacks are going to make the 53-man roster.
The most the Dolphins would keep is four running backs. Moreno and Miller, last year's starter, are locks. Thigpen has versatility as Miami's primary kick returner and also experimented a little at wide receiver. Position flexibility is important to Miami third-year head coach Joe Philbin, and that could help Thigpen stick.
Most likely, Miami would have to choose between Thomas and Gillislee.
Thomas is a former draft bust who never lived up to his potential. He was a second-round pick by former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland in 2011. But Thomas' career high is 581 rushing yards during his rookie year. Gillislee didn't get to show much his rookie year in 2013, but there is always that potential factor that he would have going for him.
Knowshon Moreno signs one-year deal with Miami
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 3:28pm
At least for the moment, Moreno will join Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas in Miami to help bolster one of the weaker running attacks in the league from 2013. Moreno's departure seems to leave Montee Ball in a good position in Denver, with Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson also in the mix. But, the Broncos had a hard time trusting all three of those guys last year right into the Super Bowl. They could again address this position in the draft with a slim free agent crop left. Adam Schefter has since reported the Broncos believe in Ball and that it's his time to shine.