Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Lamar Miller, who is statistically ranked as one of the best running backs in the National Football League, will have even more of a chance to get his name out to the national audience if he can keep up his trend of strong performances each week.
Now, with Knowshon Moreno out for the season, he’ll have all the opportunities in the world to showcase his talent and that’s exactly what he’s hoping he can do.
“Yeah, I feel like I can handle more,” Miller said. “But anything Coach Lazor calls, I am just trying to do anything to help this team win. Whether its pass protection or catching the ball out of the backfield or running the ball, I am just trying to do anything. I am just trying to improve overall, like everything for the most part. I feel I have been running the ball pretty good and the offensive line they have been doing a great job of just opening the holes and making my job easier. All the guys that we have here can get the job done. I think we have some good running backs here and we just have to get the job done.”
Joe Philbin also has confidence in Miller to get the job done and noted that he has seen steady improvement each year that he has been in the league.
“One of the things I talked to him in the offseason, he’s in his third year. He played sparingly as a rookie and I think he had, I’m throwing out numbers, 150 yards, and last year he had around 700 or so. This year, it’s his third year, so you’re not sure when a season starts exactly how many opportunities you’ll have to carry the football, but we feel like he has a chance to impact the game in a positive fashion. We showed the play today to the whole team where it was third and three and he caught a swing pass and broke a tackle, had a big gain. The opening play of the game, Bill (Lazor) showed it to the offense in the unit meeting where he caught a ball in the flat and out-leveraged a guy. He’s got speed. So he can do some things both running the ball and receiving. We look forward to him contributing a lot as we move forward.”
Although Miller said that it was tough to get over the loss to Green Bay Packers, he said he has moved on and is ready to prepare for the Chicago Bears. That seems to be the common sentiment within the Dolphins organization so hopefully they are all able to get over the mental hump and turn their energy towards the Bears.