Dolphins RB Lamar Miller is Ready to Make the Next Leap in NFL
Miami Dolphins running back, Lamar Miller, is on “Making the Leap” to one of the up and coming young talents in the league.
Last year he fell to the Dolphins in the fourth round at the 97th pick overall due to a shoulder surgery before the draft. In the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine he led all running backs in the 40-yard dash debuting at 4.4 seconds. Prior to the draft he was considered one of the top backs coming out of college.
This past season Miller finished his rookie year with 250 yards at 4.9 yards per rush on 51 carries. He also showed that his balance is sustainable and he can run in the interior better than was expected of him. He’s shown his excellent change-of-direction and when he accelerates; his speed can cause major damage.
By January, the Dolphins let Reggie Bush walk and Miami viewed Miller as a bigger, faster and better version as Bush.
Lamar Miller does have to overcome a few obstacles. For one, if you look at college tapes, Miller “doesn’t show up” on third down, short- yardage or at the goal line according to Mike Mayock who is an NFL Network draft analyst. He also pointed at that Miller did the same in his rookie season with pass -protection concerns.
He's begining to be compared to C.J. Spiller or Chris Johnson and a good 40% of Miller's attempts were at two yards or less. More often than not, he broke outside for the big play instead of reading the hole.
Miller must separate himself from Daniel Thomas, who was a 2011 second-round pick. He has to prove that he can be an all-around good running back by picking up critical first downs and protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Miller has expectations, not only from the fans but from the organization too. The front office gave him the opportunity to succeed by shipping out a veteran like Reggie Bush, coaches began to make notes on his development as a player and teammates and writers are all ramping up their very own expectations.