RB Lamar Miller - Miami Dolphins
|5-11, 212||Born: 4-25-1991||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 13): Miller will become the uncontested lead back with Knowshon Moreno sidelined for the season. He has been playing well and the Dolphins running game has turned things around from an abysmal 2013, so Miller could have mid-low RB1 upside going forward.
General News (Fri Oct 17): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.
General News (Thu Oct 16): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 15): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 7: at Chicago Bears
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Knowshon Moreno managed part of a game back on the field last week (6/10/0 rushing with 1/8/0 receiving) before blowing out his previously-surgically-repaired knee again (another ACL tear for Moreno unfortunately) - Moreno was placed on IR Tuesday, October 14. The Dolphins are back to Lamar Miller as their lead back, and he's done pretty well in that role of late, with 12/64/2 rushing and 2/3/0 receiving vs. Oakland in London, and then 14/53/1 rushing with 3/40/0 receiving vs. Green Bay last week. Miller is the Dolphins' best remaining option at running back, so look for him to maintain the high-double-digit touches from week to week going forwards. The Bears' rush D is ranked 10th in the NFL after six games, with an average of 103.7 yards allowed per game, and four rushing scores given up to date. Atlanta had 13/42/0 rushing vs. the Bears last week; Carolina managed 27/90/1 on the ground two weeks ago. At home vs. the Dolphins on Sunday, we think the Bears have an edge in this matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 4 vs OAK (12 / 64 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Miller looked very good running the ball for the second straight week without Knowshon Moreno. Of course, here's the friendly reminder that his effort came against the Raiders, but Miller is starting to pile up good performances. He only saw 14 touches, which at first, could concern some owners as the game flow and script could've produced at least 20 carries for the running back, but with Miami dominating the game, he just didn't need to be out there. From his first carry, Miller looked in the mood to run all over the Raiders. Getting north and south as is his style, Miller burst through holes and Oakland arm tackles for multiple 20-yard gains. He is starting to look comfortable in the role that Bill Lazor has carved out for him, and it's possible he's gaining confidence by not having to deal with a committee approach. The only reason he didn't see more touches on Sunday was due to the Raiders toothless pass defense. They couldn't muster much pressure on Tannehill, so he was able to work in the pocket and carve up the secondary. Miller did reward fantasy owners with not one, but two rushing scores. One was a very nice outside run on 4th and 1 where he cut up the field after a draw to the left, scampering into the end zone virtually untouched. The second was more about the Raiders defense not being able to cut off an edge, leaving Miller to walk into the end-zone. However, Miller did fumble away a ball on the 1-yard line, serving as a reminder that Knowshon Moreno is on the mend and Joe Philbin and Bill Lazor love his inside power. Ride Miller for as long as Moreno is out, but it's possible there's fantasy value for both when they are healthy.
2014 Week 6 vs GB (14 / 53 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
It was another slow start for Miller, who didn't finish with sterling yards per carry numbers (3.8), but started gaining some steam in the third quarter. It may be just a theme for the entire offense, but even dating back to last season, Miller has been a notorious slow starter. Last season, when the Miami running game would sputter, Mike Sherman would quickly abandon the ground attack. With the erratic rotation between Miller and Daniel Thomas, Miller never really had a fair shake. Whenever the third year back has received 15+ touches, he's produced. With Moreno looking tentative and uncomfortable with his bulky elbow brace, Miller started popping off his trademark straight line runs in the third quarter. He's been breaking more tackles than ever before, and is even more active in the passing game, securing all three targets he saw there. After Moreno struggled to convert from in close early in the game, Miller scoring from 5 yards out can only be considered good for his value going forward. Moreno has recovered relatively quickly from his dislocated elbow, and the Dolphins clearly love the intensity he brings to the table, but it's clear Miller isn't going away. While 2-3 isn't anything to write home about, the Dolphins got a boost with some healthy players returning to the lineup. Specifically, with Moreno and Mike Pouncey added to the fold, the running game should start to be featured more by Bill Lazor.
Latest NewsDolphins | Lamar Miller should play (Fri Oct 17, 05:25 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 17, but is probable for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears. Our View: Miller has never gotten the chance to carry a feature-back sized workload for an entire season, but that's what the Miami Dolphins are going to have to ask him to do with Knowshon Moreno sidelined for the season.
link to story Dolphins | Lamar Miller limited again (Thu Oct 16, 06:36 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 16. Our View: Just keep an eye on Miller here. He should--should--be able to practice fully on Friday and play on Sunday. He's a RB2 with upside as the Dolphins lead back.
Dolphins | Could run the ball more (Thu Oct 16, 09:55 AM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller could be used more in the running game, in the opinion of beat writer Armando Salguero. The Dolphins rank third in rushing yards per attempt (5.0 yards per carry), sixth in rushing yards per game (136.2) but just 15th in rushing attempts per game with 27.4. Our View: We're excited to see Lamar Miller even in a tougher matchup. The good news is, he's the top back in Miami, so he'll get a ton of carries. But the matchup makes us feel RB2 is the best he'll do.
link to story Dolphins | Limited session for Lamar Miller (Wed Oct 15, 11:36 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) was listed as a limited participant for practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, due to a knee ailment. link to story Dolphins | Lamar Miller limited (Wed Oct 15, 06:57 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15. Our View: The Dolphins already lost Knowshon Moreno to a knee injury. They'll be cautious with their starter as he deals with this knee problem.
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