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Damien Williams makes push for Dolphins RB2 job

Monday, August 24, 2015, 1:37pm

MiamiDolphins.com - [Full Article]

After having to earn a roster spot as a rookie free agent last summer, the main target this time for Damien Williams was solidifying his spot as the primary backup to starting running back Lamar Miller.

His two-touchdown performance against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte likely was a big step in that direction.

In the bigger picture, though, Williams is more concerned about continuing to improve as a running back and having that one year of experience has made a clear difference for him.

“Last year I was rookie,” Williams said. “It is kind of hard trying to catch up to game speed with guys who have been in the league five-plus years. This is going into my second year. I just have to get experience.”

Fantasy Impact:

Williams ended last season splitting time as the primary backup to Miller with Daniel Thomas, who wasn’t re-signed as a free agent. That left Williams to battle LaMichael James, Mike Gillislee and rookie fifth-round pick Jay Ajayi this summer for the No. 2 job.
Williams was listed as the second-team back when the first depth chart of the season was released, and he got the first carries after Miller in each of the first two preseason games, the story says. He looks to have the edge. James got some positive press a few weeks but Williams seems to be the favorite to get the RB2 job as it stands now. He could have deeper-league fantasy in the Dolphins offense under Bill Lazor, who worked in Philly for Chip Kelly.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
Lamar Miller is coming off of an amazing season where he ran for a career-high 1,099 yards and had nine total touchdowns. He also averaged 5.1 yards per carry, which was second-best amongst running backs. Miller comes into the 2015 season as the sole starting running back, unlike last year when he started sharing carries with Knowshon Moreno. The passing game in Miami improved as well, which should help take some pressure off of Miller.

Fantasy Downside
While last season was nice, Miller was never used too heavily. In the 16 games he played in, he never had 20 rushing attempts in a single game. That's partly good because it prevents him from getting hurt, but he'll never be a top five option without getting a lot of attempts.

Bottom Line
Miller is an exciting running back this season considering what he did last year. He's young, productive and in a great situation. He finished in the top 10 amongst his position a year ago, and is likely to do it again. Miller should be viewed as a low-end RB1 heading into 2015.

2015 Strength of Schedule - MIA
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
9
@WAS
25
@JAX
2
BUF
6
NYJ
BYE30
@TEN
8
HOU
18
@NE
2
@BUF
26
@PHI
20
DAL
6
@NYJ
12
BAL
21
NYG
13
@SD
19
IND
18
NE

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1NE1159015.36419154.7528/7438%
2BUF1146004.1827053.5052/7966%
3KC15108007.20424056.0054/7077%
4OAK1264215.3323021.5036/7051%
5BYE------------
6GB1453113.793400313.3334/5859%
7CHI1861103.392220311.0042/7060%
8JAX1478005.57321037.0043/5973%
9SD1149104.4518028.0038/7650%
10DET410002.501-402-4.0011/6118%
11BUF1586005.73212026.0034/6751%
12DEN1259004.9218018.0040/6265%
13NYJ1356104.31211035.5046/5978%
14BAL1253004.42536057.2034/5760%
15NE1647002.941100210.0042/7854%
16MIN1992104.845580711.6060/8571%
17NYJ19178109.370002-48/7069%
Totals2161099835.09382751527.24642/109559%

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