Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
It seems like 2013 all over again with the Miami Dolphins running back situation now that Knowshon Moreno is injured and out for at least four weeks. We have Lamar Miller as the lead back and the Dolphins just re-signed Daniel Thomas to fill the void left by Moreno. The only real change? Damien Williams, who has shown flashes of being a good running back in the NFL. What does this all mean though? Joe Philbin talked about it, although he didn’t provide us with a clear answer.
“It’s good to have Daniel Thomas back. He’s been a valuable member of the club for the last couple of years and he looks to be in good shape. Obviously, he knows the system well. He did some good things today. Lamar (Miller) had a good practice. Damien Williams, we thought in his limited role, he didn’t have a lot of carries in the game Sunday, but we thought the runs that he did have, he didn’t look out of place. So we’ll see how it shakes out during the practice week.”
When he was asked more specifically whether or not Williams would get more playing time with Miller or if Miller would be the workhorse moving forward, he got into a little more detail about the way Williams has played and hinted that he may see some increased playing time as early as this weekend.
“The limited reps that he got in the game, I thought he didn’t look out of place. I think that’s one of the things when you have a rookie playing, you’re wondering what’s his play speed like. Is he kind of tentative? Is he indecisive? We didn’t really see that. He got the ball in his hand, he looked comfortable out there, he got to his aiming point pretty consistently and then made a quick decision and ran the ball hard. I agree with you, I think he looked good.”
Williams has seemed to run with more physicality than Lamar Miller and also has better vision than him. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out and we’ll start getting our answers on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.