The last weeks of the season have allowed Dolphins rookie RB Lamar Miller to get extra opportunities, and perhaps give Miami fans hope for the running game if Reggie Bush does not return in 2013.
In early November, Miller was curiously absent from the backfield, considering he played well early and we had heard the team was excited about Miami (Fla.) product. With Daniel Thomas on injured reserve, Miller is now the No. 2 back, and he ran for 73 yards on 10 carries in the team’s Week 16 win over the Bills. Most importantly, Miller has stayed healthy this season, as durability was one of his negatives coming out of college.
“He contributed nicely. He ran the ball hard. Took care of the football,” head coach Joe Philbin said following the game. “He hasn’t had a ton of carries or touches yet this season, but I thought he did a good job with his ball security as well.”
Bush had another solid season as a runner and receiver, and told reporters this week he would like to stay in Miami, but the Dolphins’ list of free agents is long, with priorities at other positions that don't have similar depth. The Dolphins traded up in the draft for Thomas in 2011 and Miller in ’12, so the franchise clearly has planned for the pair to be the future backfield. While the offense would be better with Bush in the fold, the Dolphins found it difficult to involve Miller as a No. 3 back. If he finishes strong in Week 17 and Miami feels comfortable moving forward with Miller and Thomas, it would be easier to part ways with Bush.
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