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Darren McFadden's ankle 'worse than expected'
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 11:33pm
Raiders beat writer Steve Corkran on RB Darren McFadden: "Darren McFadden's ankle injury worse than expected. Coach Allen on Friday thought McFadden could handle full workload vs. Jets. He's out now."
We're assuming that "he's out now" means that McFadden won't play against the Jets. Rashad Jennings (concussion) was limited on Wednesday but it's a good sign for his availability that he was able to participate in practice at all. It's a terrible matchup with a very good Jets rush defense, but last week Lamar Miller managed 85 total yards on 23 touches and nearly scored a touchdown.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 5:36pm
Daniel Thomas was walking around the field in practice uniform, now he's on a bike.
Daniel Thomas could be out for the year
Monday, November 25, 2013, 10:39am
Thomas, who gained 279 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns on his 77 carries this season, left Sunday's game on crutches and was in a walking boot. According to a source, Thomas will not have to undergo surgery to repair the injury.
Mike Gillislee will likely be activated next week for the first time in his career and would back up Lamar Miller, who should see a bulk of the workload. The only other running back on the roster is kick returner Marcus Thigpen. The bad news is the 'Fins play the tough-against-the-run Jets in Week 13. Reports Tuesday said Thomas may not miss the season now, but for fantasy purposes he likely won't be of any help.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:37am
Perhaps predictably, the recent struggles have led to some internal questions about the team's direction. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Tuesday that "players are starting to wonder about this offensive game plan."
"Let me not overstate this: The locker room is still together," Darlington explained on NFL Network's "Around The League Live." "There's still a good vibe in there. I talked to several players today and they still feel like they can get this season back on track.
"However, there is some question of what offensive coordinator Mike Sherman is starting to do and it really started to come to a head after Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Patriots."
The Dolphins jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead over New England before surrendering the game's final 24 points. Players wondered why Sherman got away from the running game in the third quarter after having so much success in the first half.
Lamar Miller had 13 carries for 63 yards in the first half, but only toted the ball five times for 26 yards in the second.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 6:25pm
Miller was clearly the better back on Monday night and also got more work, so this could just be coach-speak as even the novice of fans can see a difference between the two backs. Miller is best used as a low-end RB2 or flex/RB3. He's putting up better numbers and should continue to get more work despite what Sherman said.
Dolphins want even RB timeshare
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:16am
Daniel Thomas had more snaps than Lamar Miller (36-30) Sunday – and started the second half -- despite Miller having the far more productive game. But Joe Philbin said he wants to keep their playing time comparable unless “one guy is breaking tackles left and right and taking the ball a long way, and the other guy is not being productive.” But as much as the Dolphins like Miller, they don't view Thomas as a clearly worse player.
Miller is the better player and a decent RB2 play in most matchups, but the fact that Thomas played more snaps in Week 2 is a concern. It doesn't appear that the Dolphins are going to give Miller enough snaps to play through a poor start, which means he could be in for some disappointing fantasy days.
Philbin: Lamar Miller/Daniel Thomas 'very, very close'
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 3:10pm
“I think they’ve improved, both of them, and we definitely need those guys to perform well for us,” Philbin added. “I think [Miller] played well. I think he caught the ball well, ran the ball well. I thought Daniel did as well. It’s very, very close.”
The preseason wasn't as close as Philbin is making it out to be, unless he's seeing something in Thomas during practice that isn't showing up in games. We believe Miller is the better talent and will finish with 'lead back' type numbers, but the team's insistence all preseason is a bit worrisome.
Lamar Miller on top of RB depth chart
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 10:49am
Miller was listed as the first-string back on the Dolphins' latest depth chart that the team released Monday. Coach Joe Philbin was mum when asked about the starting gig during his Monday afternoon news conference, only saying a depth chart would be released.
It was obvious to everyone Miller is a superior talent to backup Daniel Thomas. But, the coaching staff kept saying the race was "neck-and-neck," most likely to light a fire under Miller who didn't really come out and grab the job. Miller will probably end up a decent RB2 fantasy options most weeks this season.
Beat: Lamar Miller wins RB1 job
Monday, August 26, 2013, 12:41pm
"Yeah, I'm ready," running back Lamar Miller said. "I just feel like I'm ready. I can help this team win. I'm ready."
He should feel ready because Miller thinks he won the starting running back job Saturday night.
"I do feel like I won the job," he said.
Miller gained 35 yards on eight carries. That's a 4.4 average. It included a 20-yard run. With Daniel Thomas gaining 3 yards on seven carries -- a 0.4 yard per carry average -- I do not disagree.
Lamar Miller is your starting running back.
The apparent competition was "neck-and-neck" for a while with Thomas. But Miller is clearly the better of the two, and perhaps the team was looking to light a fire under Miller who had a mostly quiet preseason. We rank Miller 21st, but he slipped a little when his job wasn't secure. He's a pretty decent, low-end RB2 option who had his ADP fall to the 5th round in 10-team formats.
Dolphins' RB1 job 'absolutely' wide open
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 10:16am
The Dolphins have not decided on a starting running back for their regular-season opener in less than three weeks, and anyone doubting that merely has to monitor what the team is doing as well as saying. Ask coach Joe Philbin if the starting job is open, and he interrupts the query before it reaches the question mark.
“Absolutely,” Philbin said Tuesday.
That answer came only minutes after the Dolphins finished their first regular-season-style practice in preparation for Saturday night’s dress rehearsal game in which starters will play into the second half against Tampa Bay at Sun Life Stadium.
Miller has started every exhibition game and until Tuesday was taking a majority of the first-team snaps. But he had that fumble in the preseason opener and last Saturday against Houston dropped a pass on third down that caught Philbin’s attention.
This is discouraging news for Miller owners who thought they had drafted a clear starter, but the team is putting a lot of emphasis on a botched handoff and a dropped 3rd down pass. Senior Editor John Paulsen watched most of Miller's carries from 2012 and came away impressed, so Miller is still a player to target in the 4th or 5th round, if he were to slip that far after this news. We believe Miller is the more talented back, and talent should win out in the end.
Dolphins RB battle 'neck-and-neck'
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 3:49pm
Miller owners who already spent at least a third round pick on him could be in full panic mode right now... Miller is the better back, if going by nothing but Thomas' past performances in the league. Perhaps this is a final wake up call for Miller to pick it up. He gets a tough test in the Bucs rushing defense in Week 3 of the preseason, but it seems like he'll need to perform well.
Beat: Daniel Thomas likely plays on third downs and goal line
Saturday, August 17, 2013, 8:55pm
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller will be the starter this season, but Daniel Thomas has been practicing well and will likely be the goal-line and third-down back. Miller said he wants to be an every-down back, and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said recently that he could see Miller as a three-down guy. But Thomas is better in pass protection and is holding onto the ball in practice — fumbling was an issue for him in his first two seasons.
If Thomas does play on third downs and is the goal line back, it will put a significant dent in Miller's upside.