Oct 27, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) walks out of the tunnel prior to a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
As far as Dolphins fans and fantasy football owners are concerned, this year (up until the last couple of weeks) has been a pure bust for running back Lamar Miller.
Miller was considered a first or second round prospect coming into the league a couple of years ago, but concerns about his long-term health pushed him down boards and to the Dolphins in the fourth round.
Now the Dolphins can laugh at the rest of the league, but before they do, they have to actually get the ball into Miller’s hands. After receiving no more than 16 touches in a single game leading up until the last two weeks, Miller has seen a total of 41 touches in the last two weeks and has racked up 194 rushing yards and seven receptions.
He has also showed big play ability which was on display last night with a 40-yard rush against the Bengals that ended in a disappointing fumble, but nonetheless, Miller’s talent is evident and his ability to make big plays can no longer be ignored.
He adds a new dimension to the Dolphins’ offense, and while they continue to pound it inside with Daniel Thomas on occasion, it’s time for the Dolphins to realize that they hit on a draft gem in Lamar Miller and continue getting him involved more in the passing game as well as getting him 20 or more carries per contest.
Miller is one of the top playmakers on this Dolphins team, and if he can pick things up the Dolphins have a legit shot at competing for the AFC East title, or at least one of the AFC wild card spots. Winning a home game in prime time against a good Bengals team is a great start for this team to get back on track after losing four straight games following a 3-0 start.
The Dolphins can be good, but they need Lamar Miller in order to contend. It appears as though they are finally figuring that out.