Written by Matthew Cannata
Lamar Miller is entering his third season in the NFL and while has improved each year, there are those who say that Miller isn’t good enough to be a featured number one running back in the league. If you ask Joe Philbin and Bill Lazor though, they will disagree with you.
"He's a guy that this is year three," Philbin said. "I think his first year, I want to say he had about 150 yards rushing. Last year, he had around 700 and change. Now it's his third year. He knows the expectations. He knows what the job description and requirements are of a running back in the National Football League. I anticipate he's going to have a very good season and I think he's off to a good start."
Added Lazor, "Lamar, I think, has a chance to be a really good player in this league because I think he has a good mix of, number one, being a space player, having the ability to use his speed...what I saw a couple of days ago, our first day in pads, I really like the way he ran the ball. In our short-yardage situations, I thought he got downhill. If he'll put those things together, I think he's got a chance to be a real productive player."
Miller has been working extremely hard this offseason to get better, putting on six pounds of muscle and working out with San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, who are also both University of Miami alumni. In addition to that, Miller met with Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy to pick up tips on how to be successful in Lazor’s offense.