Posted by Jordan Heck
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 1:48pm
Lamar Miller was the Dolphins’ rushing leader a season ago. That doesn’t mean much considering he had just 709 rushing yards. But most of his struggles could be blamed on the Dolphins’ offensive line. Miami made improvements like bringing over Branden Albert and drafting Ja’Waun James in the first round of the draft.
Reports out of camp have Miller taking the first-team reps in practice. Expect the third-year rusher to get the start for Miami.
While Miller is expected to become the starter in Miami, he has Knowshon Moreno breathing down his neck. Miami signed Moreno after a successful season in Denver. The veteran back finished as a top five back a season ago.
Miller struggled a lot a season ago. He played in all 16 games, but only managed to average 44 yards a game. He also struggled to find the endzone scoring only twice all season. He was outscored by Bucs’ running back Bobby Rainey who only started six games.
An improved offensive line could help Miller in his third year. Also, new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor could mean positive things ahead. Lazor told the Miami Herald that Miller “can play the role of LeSean McCoy” in the offense (Lazor spent 2013 on Chip Kelly’s staff).
The arrival of Moreno is a little concerning, but Miller is expected to be the main back in Miami. Stay cautious with him because he is coming off of a poor season, but he does have potential for a good year.