After a sputtering start to the season, Lamar Miller is back with a dangerous mojo. In the open field, the Miami product is quick and versatile. In his last two games, the explosive back has 13 receptions for 147 receiving yards. This is where Miller’s true talent is shown.
Running backs from the University of Miami have a knack for catching the ball (ask Duke Johnson Jr. and Frank Gore). But Miller possesses other skills that establish him as one of the best backs in the game. He has rushed for 521 yards this season on 107 attempts, good enough for 4.9 yards a clip. His 85-yard touchdown rush is the longest by any NFL player this season. Miller has also racked up 33 catches for 319 yards.
So why did Lamar Miller start off in such awful fashion? Well, the coaching change might have been the solution. The difference in usage is astonishing. Here is a quick look at Miller’s production under the two coaches:
Under Joe Philbin:
4 games: 37 rushes, 131 yards, 3.54 yards per carry, 0 rushing touchdowns, 10 receptions, 87 yards, 0 receiving touchdowns
Under Dan Campell:
5 games: 70 rushes, 390 yards, 5.57 yards per carry, 5 touchdowns, 23 receptions, 232 yards, 2 touchdowns
There’s no doubt Miller is a special talent. He now has a touchdown in five straight games, the longest streak for a Dolphin since Ricky Williams was running through Miami with low, red eyes.
This week, Miller and the Dolphins take on the Dallas Cowboys. It’s a match-up worth groveling over; Miller should pick apart a team that has allowed the most fantasy points to running backs in PPR leagues this year.
When the Dolphins running back enjoys his Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, I’d expect him to give thanks to the Cowboys’ porous rush defense.
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