Lamar Miller must show mastery of Joe Philbin's offense
Oct/12/12 08:05 AM Filed in: Lamar Miller
DAVIE, Fla.—The Dolphins better hope running back Lamar Miller knows where he's going. Miller, the rookie fourth-round pick, essentially was removed from the offense the last two weeks, in large part because he doesn't know the playbook well.
In the loss to the Jets three weeks ago, he went the wrong way on a handoff, forcing Ryan Tannehill to keep the ball and take a 3-yard loss. Miller only had four carries for 13 yards the next week at Arizona, and didn't play an offensive snap in this past Sunday's win over Cincinnati.
But the Dolphins will need Miller to backup Reggie Bush this week against the Rams. Daniel Thomas suffered his second concussion in five weeks on Sunday and could be looking at an extended absence.
Jorvorskie Lane also likely will see more snaps to replace Thomas' pass-blocking skills, but the Dolphins will have to play Miller on Sunday, whether they want to or not.
"He can take a guy on pretty well one-on-one and so, for him, he’s just going to have to make sure he’s in the right place," Bush said. "He’s going to have to make sure he’s playing fast mentally, so that he’s not getting caught out of position. With the guys that we have, the maturity and the leadership we have on this team, he’ll be fine and he’ll be more than ready.”