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Fins target Shady McCoy role for Lamar Miller

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According to the Miami Herald, "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller "can play the role of LeSean 'Shady' McCoy" in new OC Bill Lazor's offense.

Lazor spent 2013 on Chip Kelly's staff as Philly led the NFL in rushing and yards per carry (5.1). Miller lacks McCoy's lateral explosiveness, but he is a speed back who's dangerous in space. Earlier in July, Miller met with McCoy to discuss "how to thrive in the system Lazor has brought from Philly to South Florida," and also watched Shady's game tape. Per beat writer Adam Beasley, Miller "has been clearly ahead" of Knowshon Moreno "every step of the way." "He looks good, he looks stronger than he’s ever been," said coach Joe Philbin of Miller, who gained 6-8 pounds of offseason muscle. "I don’t think he’s sacrificed any speed whatsoever." Miller is shaping up as a potential steal at his seventh-round ADP.


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Knowshon Moreno will undergo knee surgery

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Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week, according to sources. Moreno is expected to miss four to five weeks.

Fantasy Tip: The Dolphins backfield was getting messy before this news, but now Lamar Miller will have every opportunity to seize the No. 1 running back role. Moreno's prognosis gives him ample time to recover and be ready for Week 1, but if there are setbacks, Daniel Thomas stands to be the beneficiary and receive more touches.


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Lamar Miller leading way in Miami Dolphins' backfield

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After landing on our "Making the Leap" list last summer, Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller hopes to make good on those expectations one year later.

The third-year back has spent the past three weeks as the starter in Bill Lazor's Eagles-inspired attack. It's no surprise to see Miller earning snaps ahead of the plodding Daniel Thomas, but free-agent signee Knowshon Moreno was expected to lead the way.

Moreno, though, has toiled behind Thomas with the third- and fourth-string, telling The Miami Herald last week that he's "definitely not there" physically.
"I've been competing my whole life," Miller said Tuesday, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "Whether it was at the University of Miami or in the NFL. (Competition will) bring the best out of all players. ... I want to get better as a player, too, so I'm up to the competition."

As Chris Wesseling pointed out in last year's "Making the Leap" feature, Miller led all runners at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. His burst and change of direction are tantalizing, but when handed a bigger role last season, Miller's rookie average of 4.9 yards per carry tumbled down to 4.0.

It's a fool's game to put too much weight into backfield pecking order in June. The lasting change in Miami, though, should be an offense that attacks opponents the way Philadelphia did in 2013. Chip Kelly's Eagles finished first in rushing yards (2,566) and yards per attempt (5.1) last season after ranking 13th in total ground yards the season before with the same stable of backs.

Lazor told Around The League this month that he plans to unleash a "pretty deep group of proven guys" in a running attack that figures to suit Miller's speed.
"Every single day we're pushing them to see them make big plays in the running game," Lazor said. "And I think that's what separates some teams in this league, is the ability to get those backs in space."

Miami's runner-friendly scheme, as much as anything, tells us Miller is going to eat come September.


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Lamar Miller Still Starting

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DAVIE - Lamar Miller has no intentions of backing down to Knowshon Moreno.

Moreno, who accounted for 1,586 total yards and 13 touchdowns in his fifth NFL season, is far more accomplished as a NFL tailback than Miller. But Miller has no interest in stepping aside, relinquishing the starting spot he held last season with the Miami Dolphins.

That explains why Miller has spent the past three weeks as the Dolphins starting running back. During day one of the team's three-day minicamp Moreno sparingly worked, and when he did get reps during team drills he was working behind Miller and Daniel Thomas.

“I’ve been competing my whole life. Whether it was at the University of Miami or in the NFL,” said Miller, who accounted for 879 total yards and two touchdowns last season. “[Competition] bring the best out of all players….I want to get better as a player too, so I’m up to the competition.”

Miller had a couple of impressive runs during the Dolphins' team period on Monday. One of them would have been a 40-yard sprint for a touchdown out of a draw. Miller was so quick getting away from the trenches he wasn't touched by any of the second-team defenders.

Head coach Joe Philbin stiff armed questions about Moreno, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal as a free agent, saying the coaching staff has been pleased with what they've seen from the former Broncos starter.

However, Philbin wouldn't explain why the former University of Georgia standout has been working with the third team offense for the past few practices. He simply pointed out Miller and Thomas are tailbacks Miami's giving the reps to.

"Knowshon's had a good camp. He brings a lot of energy into the building every single day. He's very good in the meeting rooms," Philbin said of Moreno, whom he previously admitted could be in better shape physically. "He's picked up the system well and he's competed hard on the practice field."


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Lamar Miller Still The Starter

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In the competition between Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno to be the starting running back in Miami, Miller has taken a big early lead.

A week ago we noted that Moreno was off to an unimpressive start and didn’t appear to be in great shape. Now word out of the Dolphins’ Organized Team Activities is that Miller is having a strong offseason.

“He’s had a very good camp,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said of Miller, via ESPN. “This is the time as a third-year player that you’re ready to make a big contribution.”

Reporters on the scene have described Miller as looking like a better fit in new coordinator Bill Lazor’s offense, and have described Moreno as looking a little overweight. When the Dolphins signed Moreno it was with the idea that he’d come in and replace Miller as the starter, but that no longer appears to be the case.

Moreno is coming off his best season, with 241 carries for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns last year in Denver. But it’s a lot easier to put up big numbers in Denver’s offense than it will be in Miami’s offense. Miller has only been so-so in two seasons since the Dolphins took him in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft, but Miller just turned 23 and is only entering his best years as a running back. If Miller continues to improve while Moreno continues to struggle with his conditioning, the job will be Miller’s when the season starts.


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Knowshon Moreno Out of Shape, Lamar Miller Starter

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It’s early June, but Dolphins tailback Knowshon Moreno doesn’t look game ready. He’s currently working as a backup behind starter Lamar Miller and didn’t look sharp at OTAs. Moreno also looks a little thicker than usual. Philbin was asked Monday about Moreno’s conditioning. “I think my instincts tell me for this time of the year it’s pretty good,” Philbin said. “But I think there is certainly some room [for improvement] as we get rolling.”


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Knowshon Moreno opens Miami Dolphins OTA’s as starting running back

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The Miami Dolphins have a collection of running backs on their roster, so it was a little odd when they showed interest in veteran free agent Knowshon Moreno. Even more strange? They actually decided to sign the running back, adding to their amass of backfield talent.

Miami didn’t likely sign Moreno to sit on the bench or be a change of pace back, at least not out of the gates, but the team seemed to confirm his starting status on Tuesday afternoon when he was given first team reps during the Dolphins OTA’s.

With Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas and Mike Gillislee on the roster, Moreno will certainly have to play at a high level to maintain his starting status though the Dolphins coaching staff has seemingly yet to fall in love with Lamar Miller who is likely the best runner out of the group. Thomas could potentially be a goal line vulture while Gillislee is probably the best pass catching back out of the group, leaving a mixed collection of talent behind Moreno.

New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who comes from the Philadelphia Eagles, is notoriously run-heavy so it’s possible that Moreno could be named the starter while mixing in a heavy dose of change of pace backs, giving the aforementioned players plenty of field time regardless of the depth chart.

For now though, the starting gig looks to be Moreno’s to lose. That could change if he struggles out of the gate however given the viable alternatives breathing down his neck.


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Is Miami’s addition of RB Knowshon Moreno a bad thing for Lamar Miller?




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Dolphins expecting more from Lamar Miller

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Miller needs to break tackles: Now that Knowshon Moreno is calling Miami home, there is expected to be a running back battle between him and Lamar Miller, according to head coach Joe Philbin. What does Miller need to do in order to emerge victorious? Break more tackles. That’s a noble idea for a player whose scouting report touted his speed and shiftiness. But will it be enough to overcome his lack of work near the goal-line. In 2013, Daniel Thomas led the Dolphins with 24 carries in the red zone. The good news for Miller is that Thomas could be pushed out of Miami. The bad news is that Moreno led Denver’s running backs with 42 touches inside the 20-yard line and scored eight rushing TDs — tied for sixth among all NFL running backs. The competition will certainly play out in the preseason, but on paper, the deck is stacked against Miller.


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Dolphins Want Lamar Miller to be more consistent

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Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said the team wants RB Lamar Miller to play more consistently and be able to break more tackles.

Fantasy Tip: The team reportedly has been looking to add a running back in free agency, which would hurt Miller's value. Owners could consider Miller as an occasional matchup play depending on how the team uses him in 2014.


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Joe Philbin shows some support behind RB Miller

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Dolphins coach Joe Philbin threw some support behind Lamar Miller at the league meetings Tuesday, stating "He can do all three things you want a running back to do."
That would ostensibly be run, catch, and block. The Fins could show more support by declining to make a significant running back signing or using an early-round pick at tailback, but they recently hosted Knowshon Moreno for a free agent visit, and could target running backs as early as the No. 50 overall pick. Miller is very lightly penciled in as the Dolphins' current lead back.


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Dolphins staffer: We want a more physical Lamar Miller

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New Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey likely is spending these next few weeks being briefed not only on players to watch at the NFL Scouting Combine, but also his own players.

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson got a taste of some of the evaluations Hickey might hear from Dolphins staffers.

One of the most interesting positions to monitor in Miami this offseason will be running back. The combination of Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas was disappointing last season, to put it kindly.

"They're a good complement to each other, and we like Miller's speed and explosiveness," one Dolphins staffer told Jackson. "Miller has the higher ceiling, but you wish he ran with a more physical (style). And both have to improve as blockers."

The comment on Miller's physicality is interesting -- especially considering that was the team's feeling when letting Reggie Bush walk last offseason.

Miller clearly is the better back, but he had huge boom-or-bust performances last season (putting up three games in which he had fewer than one yard per carry). He finished with 709 rushing yards on 177 carries.

In Pro Football Focus' elusive rating (in which the website ranks a runner's success beyond the point of a blocker's aid), Miller was ranked 27 out of 32 running backs who took 50 percent or more of a team's carries.

The Dolphins are likely to add a running back, either via free agency or the NFL draft.


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Dolphins say Lamar Miller isn't physical enough

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One Dolphins staffer told the Miami Herald that Lamar Miller didn't run with enough physicality in 2013.
We noticed Miller's tendency to run "soft" on 2012 game tape, but the problem was much clearer when he got to a bigger sample size in 2013. "We like Miller’s speed and explosiveness," the staffer said. "Miller has the higher ceiling, but you wish he ran with a more physical [style]," adding that Miller must improve as a blocker. Miller's role under new OC Bill Lazor is up in the air.


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Lamar Miller falls way behind Daniel Thomas

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Lamar Miller rushed three times for eight yards and caught no passes in Sunday's Week 16 loss at Buffalo.
Miller appears to have hit absolute rock bottom. The Dolphins announced no injury, so it looks like he simply got demoted behind Daniel Thomas (10 touches) early on and stayed there. It's the seventh time this season Miller has been held to 20 rushing yards or fewer, a result of both play-calling and ineffective play. Perhaps he's simply not physical enough to be an NFL feature back. Miller will wrap his wildly disappointing second season against the Jets in Week 17.


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Lamar Miller (concussion) practices fully Wednesday

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Considering the recent cases of Jordan Reed and Rashad Jennings, you know not take too much away from a Wednesday practice report regarding a concussed player. But it is worth noting that Dolphins running back Lamar Miller bird_blue_16, who suffered a concussion in Week 14, was healthy enough to put in a full practice Wednesday.

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Daniel Thomas should be scooped up if you are looking for a lottery ticket at running back this week. The Dolphins are at home against the Patriots, who have been very generous opposing running backs recently. I'd throw out last week's effort against the Browns since they can't run the ball. If Miller doesn't experience any reoccurrence of concussion symptoms, he will likely be the Dolphins' lead back. If he is out, Thomas would fall into that starting role, one week after topping 100 yards versus the Steelers. Basically, whoever starts here for Miami is a nice flex option.


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Lamar Miller (concussion) back at practice

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DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins received some good news when starting running back Lamar Miller returned to practice on Tuesday.

Miller received a concussion in the third quarter of Sunday’s victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Miller’s status for this week against the New England Patriots remains up in the air. However, Miller was at least limited in the portion of Tuesday’s practice open to the media.

Dolphins backup tailback Daniel Thomas filled in admirable for Miller against Pittsburgh. Thomas rushed for a season-high 105 yards and a touchdown.

Miller must pass all the concussion tests this week in order to return to the field Sunday against New England.


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Lamar Miller (concussion) must pass test before returning to practice

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DAVIE Dolphins starting tailback Lamar Miller must pass an NFL mandated baseline concussion test before he'll be cleared to return to the practice field this week.

Miller, who left Sunday's 34-28 win over the Steelers because of a concussion he suffered in the third quarter, is the second Dolphins player to suffer a head injury the past two weeks.

Starting right guard John Jerry suffered a concussion in Miami's 23-3 win over the Jets and missed all but one practice before playing against the Steelers.
Miller and the Dolphins must follow the league's protocol, which requires Miller's brain activity to match a baseline sample taken from him before this season. The baseline test will be compared with test results taken after Sunday's injury to help assess the severity, and indicate when the symptoms subside.

The Dolphins are optimistic Miller, who leads the team with 567 rushing yards on 142 carries, will be cleared to play in time for Sunday's home game against the New England Patriots. But the season-high 105 rushing yards Daniel Thomas contributed as Miller's replacement on Sunday helps alleviate some concern.

"He really stepped up and made some good plays in the game. He did a good job blocking as well," coach Joe Philbin said of Thomas, who played two weeks after suffering what was initially diagnosed as a torn ligament in his left ankle. "He's a hard-working guy."

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman acknowledged that the Dolphins initially thought Thomas' season was over because of the ankle injury, but Thomas has pushed his rehab to the point he was able to practice for the first time last Friday. The Dolphins needed Thomas active because of a pectoral injury Miller was nursing last week.

Sherman credited Thomas for being "diligent" in his rehab, but acknowledged that the former Kansas State standout was playing hurt against the Steelers.

"There is a certain amount of mental toughness that plays a part in it," Sherman said of Thomas, who has rushed for 384 yards and scored five touchdowns this season. "He wasn't 100 percent but he played as if he was. There's one thing to play with some pain and another things to play well with some pain, and he certainly played well."

Thomas' participation in this week's practice could be limited because his ankle isn't fully healed. That could lead to Marcus Thigpen and rookie Mike Gillislee handling a heavier workload in practice if Miller isn't cleared to work during the team's three practices this week.


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Lamar Miller sustains concussion

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PITTSBURGH -- Miami Dolphins starting running back Lamar Miller suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and will not return.

Miller rushed for 2 yards in the third quarter and was hit hard by Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark.

Miller immediately left the game after that play and was replaced by Dolphins backup running back Daniel Thomas.

Miller leads the Dolphins in rushing this year with 567 yards on 142 carries and two touchdowns.


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Lamar Miller limited in practice on Thursday

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The Dolphins' leading rusher was limited in practice once again this week with a pectoral injury. We break down the fantasy implications.

Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller was limited for the second straight day of practice due to a pectoral injury.

The Dolphins are suddenly thinner at running back after rolling with a committee approach for much of the season with Miller and backup Daniel Thomas. Thomas is expected to miss his second straight game with an ankle injury, though Miller is not in any danger of missing Week 14's bout with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Fantasy Spin: The main bullet point for fantasy owners to take away from all of this is the fact that Thomas is out of commission, once again paving the way for Miller to be featured. A true test comes Miller's way on Sunday versus a Steelers defense that has suddenly clamped down on runners, allowing an average of 3.7 yards per carry and just one touchdown over the past four weeks.

Despite that, with Miller in line to receive 15-20 touches, fantasy owners could do far worse than him as a flex option against a team that has given up 12 rushing touchdowns to running backs this season despite its recent hot streak. Miller remains a fringe RB2/RB3 with upside.


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Dolphins OC says he has 'never discussed' what RB Lamar Miller could do with more carries

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The Dolphins went with Lamar Miller to supply most of their ground attack Sunday. He gained 72 yards on a season-high 22 carries, but that actually tied for the most rushing yards the Jets had allowed to any back all season. With Daniel Thomas sidelined, the young and explosive Miller will most likely continue to get a large number of carries. And that's a scenario that apparently never entered the imagination of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
From the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson on Monday: "Sherman said he and (head coach Joe) Philbin have never discussed what Lamar Miller might be able to do with more carries."
In his only two other games this season with more than 14 carries, Miller rushed for 89 and 105 yards. He is averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

Fantasy Analysis:
There are so many things about this offense that makes you want to smash your head into a wall -- Ryan Tannehill inexplicably underthrowing receivers consistently; Mike Wallace 's poor play; the offensive line's woes and overwhelming drama; the play calling in general -- but that quote is the most frustrating and tells you a lot about the 2013 Dolphins. Their coaches have done an incredibly poor job of getting their best offensive players regularly involved. The silver lining to all of this is that Thomas may not play again this season, leaving Sherman pretty much no choice but to ride Miller. He has some favorable matchups against the Steelers, Patriots, and Bills. Miller could give your team quite an unexpected boost during the playoffs. That is unless Sherman or Philbin wants Mike Gillislee or Marcus Thigpen to handle the rock more often. If that happens, I quit.


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Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas likely done for season

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According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Daniel Thomas (ankle) is likely done for the season.

Thomas reportedly tore ligaments in his left ankle on an awkward tackle from Captain Munnerlyn during Sunday's loss to the Panthers. It leaves Lamar Miller as the unquestioned feature back and every-down player for the final five games of the year, with Mike Gillislee and Marcus Thigpen as backups. Thomas did show improvement this season as he forged a committee with Miller, rushing 77 times for 279 yards (3.62 YPC) with three touchdowns. We've still seen nothing to suggest the 2011 second-round pick will ever be a plus running back in the NFL. Thomas will be back in 2014 for the final year of his rookie contract.


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Lamar Miller plays a ton, struggles

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Lamar Miller rushed 10 times for eight yards and caught four passes for 39 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Panthers.

Miller had no shot against the Panthers' elite front seven, routinely taking hits behind the line of scrimmage and getting knocked back for huge losses when he tried to escape. The only silver lining for owners is that Daniel Thomas went down with what looked like a serious ankle injury. There's potential for Miller to finally be an every-down back come Week 13, but he'll be facing an elite Jets run defense while playing with an inept offensive line.


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Lamar Miller's role could increase

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Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said RB Lamar Miller could be given more work after his recent production. Miller is only averaging 11 carries per game through nine weeks.

Fantasy Tip: Miller looked solid in his effort against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9 Thursday night. If Sherman holds true to his word, Miller's stock is rising at the expense of Daniel Thomas.


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Lamar Miller's role could increase

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Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said RB Lamar Miller could be given more work after his recent production. Miller is only averaging 11 carries per game through nine weeks.

Fantasy Tip: Miller looked solid in his effort against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9 Thursday night. If Sherman holds true to his word, Miller's stock is rising at the expense of Daniel Thomas.


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Lamar Miller: Cracks 100 Yards vs. Bengals

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Miller gained 105 yards on 16 carries and 24 yards on four receptions in Thursday's 22-20 overtime win over the Bengals.

Miller looked good throughout the night, though his longest run (41 yards) ended with a costly red zone fumble. He also lost a significant amount of work to Daniel Thomas, who took 10 carries for 39 yards. Neither running back reached the end zone, as Miami's only offensive touchdown came on a one-yard Ryan Tannehill quarterback sneak. While the huge breakout performance has yet to happen, Miller does have 34 carries over the last two weeks, which creates some optimism about his prospects moving forward. Unfortunately, he hasn't scored since Week 4, and has caught just 12 passes this season.


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Lamar Miller: Report: Fins players questioning O gameplan

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NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reports that some Dolphins players "are starting to wonder about this offensive gameplan."
"Let me not overstate this: The locker room is still together," Darlington explained. "There's still a good vibe in there. I talked to several players today and they still feel like they can get this season back on track. However, there is some question of what OC Mike Sherman is starting to do and it really started to come to a head after Sunday's loss to the Patriots." Featuring Lamar Miller, the Dolphins ran the ball 22 times for 120 yards in the first half last Sunday and jumped out to a 17-3 lead. In the third quarter, Sherman dialed up just six run plays and the game was quickly tied up at 17-17. While we'd like to think the Dolphins are starting to see the light with Miller, only time will tell.


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Lamar Miller totals 112 yards as Fins fall

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Lamar Miller rushed 18 times for 89 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards in the Dolphins' Week 8 loss to the Patriots.

This was probably Miller's best effort of the season from an all-purpose perspective. He started, played ahead of Daniel Thomas, was used frequently in the screen game, and broke off some big runs between the tackles. The Dolphins have not been committed to their run game for the majority of the season, but were on Sunday. Only time will tell whether this is a sign of things to come. Miller will remain a dicey flex option when Miami faces the Bengals on Thursday Night Football in Week 9.


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Dolphins who attended UM react to NCAA penalties

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DAVIE – Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon, who attended the University of Miami, said Tuesday he thought UM losing three scholarships a year for the next three years was a bit too harsh of a penalty.

Vernon, who served a six-game suspension in 2011 for his role in the scandal, said he thinks UM’s self-imposed penalties should have sufficed. But he also understood the NCAA had to do something.

“I don’t think they should have (received any additional penalty),” Vernon said, “but they were under that scrutiny for a while so they had to do something.”

Vernon, however, said Tuesday’s announcement was palatable.

“I think it was better than what was expected,” he said. “You only got a few scholarships taken away for three years. So that’s better than what was expected was going to come down on us. I’m happy for those guys.”

Running back Lamar Miller, a former UM player, said, “losing three scholarships later on will be a big factor, but right now it really doesn’t matter.”

Miller said he thinks the self-imposed bowl ban was successful judging from Tuesday’s announcement.

“I thought it was going to be a bowl ban, too,” he said, “but the last two years they didn’t go to a bowl game.”

Miller played with the cloud of NCAA sanctions and scrutiny hanging over his head in his junior season, and possible sanctions were one of the factors that made him enter the draft a year early.

“I think it’s a relief for (the players),” he said. “When I was there we really didn’t know much about it until after the season.

“Everyone wants to play in a bowl game. That’s what you work hard for the entire season. Now it gives (the players) more motivation to want to go to a BCS bowl because we haven’t been there for a while now. I think they will be more motivated and hungry to go get it.”

Recently-acquired offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie also said the end of the bowl ban is a good thing.

“I’m glad they get to go to a bowl game because they’ve had a good season so far,” he said. “I’m glad it is behind them and they can move forward now. I’m happy for them.”

That seems to be the bottom-line thought of all the Dolphins that are former ’Canes.

“It’s done with,” Vernon said. “It’s finally overwith, behind, so now those guys can move forward and play for something.”


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Lamar Miller totals 47 yards in Week 7

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Lamar Miller rushed nine times for 43 yards and caught a four-yard pass in Miami's Week 7 loss to Buffalo.
After giving Miller a heavy majority if Week 5 snaps, the Dolphins emerged from their Week 6 bye using Daniel Thomas as their lead back and Miller essentially as a change of pace. Miller broke off a 30-yard run on an inside zone play during the first half, and was bottled up on his other nine touches. It's probably time to stop hoping the coaching staff will commit to Miller as their running back horse. The rotation is here to stay.


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Brian Hartline: Dolphins waiting for RB to step up

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We knew Brian Hartline was a skilled receiver. We didn't realize he was good at punting as well.

When asked by Terrell Davis on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Wednesday whether or not he thought Dolphins teammate Lamar Miller was a 25-carry-per-game running back, Hartline kicked it to the coaches.

"Luckily, at this point in my career, I don't have to make those decisions," Hartline said.

That isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of the most talented running back on the roster. After five weeks, the Dolphins seemingly are at the same place they were during training camp.

"I would say our coaches are really wanting one of the guys to step up," Hartline continued. "You want someone to take the bull by the reins, and the coaches feel like that hasn't happened yet. So, until that happens, we are going to see multiple guys coming out of the backfield."

Miller carried the ball just seven times for 15 yards in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and he hasn't carried it more than 14 times in a game this season.

The running back hasn't made the leap this year, but it hasn't all been on him. The porous offensive line has failed to do its job, which likely is why the Dolphins sit in the bottom five of the league in rushing attempts (95).

The Dolphins rarely have run the ball 25 times in a game as a team this year, let alone one player. It's not a great sign that we've reached Week 6, and Miller hasn't done enough for his teammates to declare him "the man."


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Lamar Miller: Sherman: Miller not running away from Daniel Thomas

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Asked if he believed Lamar Miller was "distancing himself" from Daniel Thomas, Dolphins OC Mike Sherman said "I don't get that (sense)," and reiterated he wants to continue using both backs.
Miller rushed 11 times for 62 yards and a touchdown Monday, Thomas, four times for five yards. Sherman must not be watching the same games as the rest of us, as the talent gap between his two backs was on full display against the Saints. Given the ball on 3rd-and-inches on the Dolphins' opening possession — a drive in which Miller had been chewing up yards — Thomas got slammed for a two-yard loss. He later failed to convert a goal-line carry. For the season, Miller is averaging 4.6 yards on his 43 carries, while Thomas has averaged 2.8 yards on his 25 totes. It's painfully clear Miller needs a bigger role while Thomas needs to be phased out, but the Dolphins appear poised to remain stubborn for the time being.


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Dolphins want to keep Miller, Thomas snaps even

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Coach Joe Philbin reiterated that he wants to keep Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas in an even timeshare in the Dolphins' backfield.
Philbin plans to keep it that way for the foreseeable future unless "one guy is breaking tackles left and right and taking the ball a long way, and the other guy is not being productive." Through two weeks, Miller has rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries (3.0 YPC) and caught three passes for 13 yards. Thomas has tallied 44 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries (2.75 YPC) while reeling in two passes for 15 yards. Miller remains a borderline RB2. Thomas isn't start-able. We like Miller's chances of taking over by season's end.


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Lamar Miller totals 75 yds, scores touchdown

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Lamar Miller rushed 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for six yards in Miami's Week 2 win at Indianapolis.
Miller got downhill with explosion, exploiting lanes particularly on outside zone runs and ripping off the game-clincher for eight yards deep in the fourth quarter. Despite a slow opener, Miller is an every-week flex starter in fantasy leagues with a high-end RB2 ceiling if he can continue to distance himself from RBBC partner Daniel Thomas. The Dolphins host the Falcons in Week 3.


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Frank Gore Gave Words of Encouragement to Lamar Miller

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Lamar Miller received words of encouragement by phone from Frank Gore after Miller’s poor opener Sunday (10 carries, 3 yards). “He said things will work out," Miller said. "I could have run harder. [But] it doesn’t affect my confidence because I know what I’m capable of.” 




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Lamar Miller gets call to start in backfield

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The Miami Dolphins’ running back competition appears to be over, and the guy expected to win it all along — Lamar Miller — has done just that.

Late Monday afternoon, the Dolphins released their depth chart for this weekend’s season opener in Cleveland, and Miller — the homegrown talent from the University of Miami — occupied the top line.

Meaning: Short of a last-minute change in plans, Miller — and not Daniel Thomas — will start against the Browns.

If so, Miller will officially succeed Reggie Bush as the Dolphins’ featured back, which should come as little surprise. His soaring potential was a major factor in the team letting Bush walk in free agency back in March.

“It would be a great accomplishment,” Miller said, when asked about that scenario earlier in the day. “Everybody dreams about it.”

The Dolphins’ other position battles also played out as expected. John Jerry essentially won the right guard job when the Dolphins cut Lance Louis.

Dimitri Patterson did the same at corner when Miami released Richard Marshall. Both moves were made official by Monday’s depth chart.

As for defensive tackle, Jared Odrick and Randy Starks were again listed as co-starters, as they’ve been all summer.

So the only real intrigue was at running back, and even that played out as most predicted.

Miller, who starred at Killian High and UM before joining the Dolphins in 2012, won the job after being the statistically superior back in the preseason.

In five games, Miller had more yards (72 to 52), more touchdowns (1 to 0) and a better yards-per-carry average (4.2 to 2.7) than Thomas.

Miller was even a comparable pass blocker, according to Pro Football Focus, which had been a weakness early in his rookie season.

Still, the Dolphins held off on naming a starter until game week, saying recently that Thomas, a third-year back out of Kansas State, had a legitimate shot to start.

And on Monday, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman made clear he expects both to get significant carries this fall.

“I think because they are so different they offer ... a different dynamic when in the game,” Sherman. “I think there will be a challenge defensively to be able to put both running backs on the field separately.”

What remains unclear: Who will be the team’s short-yardage back. Intuitively, the job would belong to Thomas, who outweighs Miller by 17 pounds. But don’t discount Miller, who got most of the goal line work in the preseason.

Whoever plays that role needs to do it better than the Dolphins did a year ago, when they converted just 60 percent of their third or fourth-and-2 or shorter situations.

Tyler Clutts, the fullback claimed off waivers Sunday, believes he’s on the team for that very reason.

“That’s what they brought me in, to be a traditional fullback and to move guys and give some space for a running back to get through,” Clutts said. “That’s my job.”

Miller’s job will be to gain yards on most every down and distance. Center Mike Pouncey thinks he will, predicting a 1,300-yard season for Miller, and believes the offense will be at its best when Dolphins run the ball some 30 times a game.

“I think we have to,” Pouncey said. “Our biggest advantage is running the football. We’ve got a big offensive line. We’ve got the right zone scheme. And now we’ve got the speed on the outside so guys can’t stack the box. Our run game should be really good.”


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Lamar Miller: I feel I won Miami Dolphins' starting job

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In the world of hoaxes, the Miami Dolphins' running back "competition" and the Cleveland Browns' quarterback "battle" pale in comparison to England's Piltdown Man and Cottingley Fairies.

They are football farces nonetheless.

The Browns have ceased with their charade, but the Dolphins have yet to reach the foregone conclusion that Lamar Miller is in control of their backfield.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said "not necessarily" Monday, via the Palm Beach Post, when asked if he's made a decison.

As far as Miller is concerned, the job is his after outplaying an underwhelming Daniel Thomas in Saturday's 17-16 preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I do feel like I won the job," Miller said, via The Miami Herald.

The Dolphins can insist the two backs remain "neck-and-neck" due to equal performances in practices, but Thomas never has come through once the lights go on.

We don't begrudge general manager Jeff Ireland's reluctance to concede Thomas isn't the player the Dolphins thought they were getting when the team traded up to select him at No. 62 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. The evidence is overwhelming, however.

Thomas has averaged a damning 3.5 yards on 256 career carries. If the play is blocked for three yards, Thomas will get three, whereas Miller has a chance at 40 or 50. No matter what Thomas shows in practice, the game tape reveals a tentative, soft runner with ball security issues.

Miller isn't without his own weaknesses, but it's only a matter of time before his obvious talent edge leads to the starting job he believes is already his.

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Lamar Miller continues to outplay D. Thomas

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Lamar Miller rushed eight times for 35 yards and caught a two-yard pass in the Dolphins' Saturday night preseason game against the Bucs.
We keyed on Miller (and Daniel Thomas) in the game, and Miller was not only impressive on his rushing attempts, he excelled in blitz pickups and made a difficult reception on a throw behind him made by Ryan Tannehill. Based on preseason usage, it appears the Fins will open the year with a possession-by-possession rotation of Miller and Thomas that probably won't last because Miller is the clear-cut superior player. Through four preseason games, Miller has 17 carries for 72 yards (4.24 YPC) and one touchdown. He's caught four passes. Miller has also received more deep red-zone carries than Thomas, and was Miami's go-to back in the two-minute offense Saturday night.


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Lamar Miller Losing Grip on No. 1 RB Spot

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There's growing talk that Lamar Miller doesn't exactly have the primary running back job sewed up in Miami. Dolphins radio analyst Joe Rose, for one, says coaches told him, via Finsiders.com, that Daniel Thomas is "neck-and-neck" with Miller to be the starter.





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Lamar Miller not guaranteed starting job

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Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller has not earned the starting running back job yet because the team believes RB Daniel Thomas can have a big season if he is able to stay healthy. Miller has received most of the reps with the first-team offense, but Thomas has received some reps with the starters.

Fantasy Tip: Miller appears to have the edge for the starting job, but Thomas could receive the chance to win the job. Miller should be seen as a low-end No. 2 fantasy running back if he wins the job while Thomas should be considered a high-end No. 3 running back if he starts.


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Lamar Miller has quiet night, but finds EZ

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Lamar Miller rushed five times for 10 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans, adding two catches for three yards.
It wasn't an impressive night for a player trying to bury Daniel Thomas, but it's worth noting Miller had an eight-yard run negated by penalty. Miller was the lead dog for Miami's first two series before alternating with Thomas the rest of the first half. Thomas finished with four rushes for 25 yards, but received zero goal-line carries to Miller's one, which he executed. Miller is by no means running away with every-down duties, but we're still not buying talk Miami is lining up a committee backfield. Miller would do well to put on a show in next week's regular season dress rehearsal. He's certainly talented enough to.


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Lamar Miller should be judged on yards per carry, not rushing yards

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DAVIE – Dolphins running back Lamar Miller has a goal of 1,500 yards rushing.

But don’t judge him on his rushing total.

When you judge Miller, the second-year player from the University of Miami, pay closer attention to his yards per carry because that’ll be the more accurate gauge of his effectiveness.

Realistically, Miller should look to average somewhere around 4.0 yards per carry, maybe a bit more.
If Miller averages 4.3 yards per carry it’ll be a wildly successful season. He’d probably be in the top 20 in the NFL in that category and would almost certainly rush for around 1,000 yards.

Everyone would be happy with those numbers.

And it’s more realistic than 1,500 yards.

For Miller to rush for 1,500 yards he needs to put up crazy numbers in carries and yards per carry.

Houston’s Arian Foster led the NFL with 351 carries last season.  We’ll be generous and give Miller an optimistic 300 carries, which is nearly 19 per game.

He’d still need to average 5.0 yards per carry.

That’s not happening – not the 300 carries, not the 19 carries per game, or the 5.0 yards per carry.

Reggie Bush, who played two seasons for the Dolphins, averaged 14.4 carries per game in 2011. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry (216 total carries) while rushing for a career-best 1,086 yards.

Last season Bush averaged 14.2 carries per game (227 total). He rushed for 986 yards in 16 games and averaged 4.3 yards per carry.

Miller can set his goals where ever he wants, and it’s nice that he sets them high. But fans should simply hope Miller, a first-year starter, isn’t a drop-off from Bush.

Let’s face it, Miller is a first- and second-down back. He usually won’t be in the game on third downs. Daniel Thomas is the third-down back. He’s a better pass blocker, receiver, and short-yardage runner.

Plus, you’d expect quarterback Ryan Tannehill to pass more frequently than a year ago with new toys such as wide receivers Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller. That’ll cut down Miller’s carries.

Beyond that, the offensive line is shaky, which also works against Miller. You’ll recall Miller was slowed by nagging injuries in college. He has to prove he’s durable enough for a 16-game NFL season as the primary ball carrier and a leaky offensive line won’t help in that regard.

Miller has the speed and moves to be an effective back in the NFL, but so do about 30 or 40 other guys. Miller has to prove he’s an effective ball carrier.

The best way to judge Miller is to look at his yards per carry, and if he’s around 4.3, and he stays healthy, it’s been a fairly productive year.


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Lamar Miller's preseason YPC: 6.75

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Lamar Miller rushed twice for six yards and caught a six-yard pass in the Dolphins' second preseason game Friday night at Jacksonville.

Miller's stats through two exhibition contests are four carries for 27 yards (6.75 YPC) and the lone reception. He's been used sparingly because the Fins' coaching staff is planning on a huge regular season role for their best running back. Meanwhile, onetime alleged "competitor" Daniel Thomas has 24 yards on eight carries (3.0 YPC) through a pair of preseason affairs.


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Sherman wants Lamar Miller to be every-down back

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Dolphins OC Mike Sherman told reporters Sunday he wants a running back who can "do it all" and function as an every-down player.

"Yeah, we need someone who does it all," said Sherman. "You hate to just substitute, he’s this guy, he’s that guy, we want complete players back there. I’m not a believer in the third-down back necessarily, I think you tip your hand." Sherman also stated he wants his offense's "identity" to be run-based. This is all good news for Lamar Miller, assuming he beats out Daniel Thomas. (He will.)


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Going Deep: Will Lamar Miller be the next big thing?

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Back in 1988, 12-year-old Josh Baskin wanted to make an impression on Cynthia Benson. Unfortunately he was told that he wasn't tall enough to get on a carnival ride, thus his chance to woo his dream girl was as out of reach as a toddler trying to get cookies from the top of the refrigerator.

Josh's answer was to drop a quarter in Zoltar's slot and wish to be big. He woke up the next morning as Tom Hanks, picked up a job at a toy company, started dating Elizabeth Perkins, got in a fist fight with John Heard and played the piano at FAO Schwarz with Robert Loggia. All in all, things worked out pretty well for Josh.

If Dolphins fans and fantasy owners are Cynthia Benson, Lamar Miller is Josh Baskin. The second-year running back dropped in on NFL Fantasy LIVE earlier this week and told Jason Smith that he was aiming for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. That certainly qualifies as thinking big.

So we got to thinking here at Going Deep about which running backs have accomplished that feat in recent seasons and what did they do for an encore?
Dating back to 2008, the list of rushers who have gone 1,500/15 is pretty short. In fact, that list has just three names -- Arian Foster (2010), Michael Turner (2008) and DeAngelo Williams (2008). That begs the question: which back will Miller more closely resemble in 2013 and beyond?

The first thing you'll notice is that all three players who've reached this plateau were able to stay on the field for a full 16 games. Seems pretty obvious, but it's certainly worth noting. On the one hand, it's easy to say that durability is an underrated quality in fantasy running backs. But on the other hand ... Darren McFadden.

While injury concerns followed Miller into the draft (he had shoulder surgery following his final collegiate season), he showed no ill effects during his rookie season. On three occasions last year, the young runner was a healthy scratch from the Dolphins lineup, so presumably he could have played a full 16-game season.

Okay...so he's healthy. But will he get the touches? Every name on this list saw 270-plus carries, with two of the three posting more than 300 attempts. For Williams to top 1,500 yards with just 273 rushes (5.5 yards per carry average) is pretty astounding. The other remarkable thing about Williams' 2008 campaign is that he shared quite a bit of his workload. Foster and Turner were the undisputed No. 1 options in their running games, taking 78 and 68 percent of their teams' carries, respectively. By contrast, Williams took just 54 percent of Carolina's rushes with Jonathan Stewart handling 36 percent of the workload.

What does that mean for Miller? Last season, Reggie Bush was Miami's go-to rusher but he had just 227 carries -- or just 53 percent of the team's rushing attempts. Neither one of those numbers works in Miller's favor. When you factor in that the Dolphins made a splash in free agency by adding WRs Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson and TE Dustin Keller, it's pretty likely that the Fins are going to feature the passing game a little more.

That's one more thing working against the young runner in an offense that threw the ball 55 percent of the time in 2012. Of the three rushers to hit the heights in their career, only Foster's 2010 Texans threw the ball more than they ran it. Yes...Foster was just that productive.

So we've highlighted all the reasons that it's going to be tough for Miller to reach his stated goals. But hey, we can't blame a guy for aiming high. Yet we still haven't figured out which player he'll more closely resemble.

Based on first-year production alone, Miller and Foster match up nicely -- although it took Foster far fewer games to log those numbers. But similar to Houston's lone star, Miller will have his chance to be a featured back in his second season. That's something it took Turner five seasons (and a new team) to achieve. It's also a luxury that Williams has really never enjoyed in his career -- in his first season as a full-time starter, he had to contend with Stewart as a backfield complement.

And even though it's assumed Miller will be the go-to guy on South Beach, there is still always the chance that Daniel Thomas could have a significant role in the running game this season. That would tend to align him a little closer to Williams.

Of course, in a brave new NFL world where featured backs are as rare as fat guy touchdowns, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Lamar Miller as a fantasy sleeper back -- though it's getting harder to stick that label on him as the hype continues to grow. Nonetheless, signs point to the second-year runner being a sought after commodity as the year continues.

But becoming the next dominant fantasy rusher? That seems a little more unlikely. Then again, after putting the question to our new Fantasy Genius, it appears that most of you aren't of the same mind. One thing is certain: plenty of us will be watching.

As for Josh Baskin, he certainly enjoyed his time being big, but eventually reverted. We'll see if Miller can stay big for awhile.


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Is Lamar Miller ready for the spotlight?

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DAVIE, Fla. -- The South Florida sun is beaming on the Miami Dolphins this week during training camp. They were among the first handful of teams to kick off the 2013 NFL season, and the July weather is unrelenting.

But no spotlight in Miami is hotter or brighter right now than it is on Lamar Miller. The Dolphins, who have playoff aspirations, are banking on their second-year tailback to carry the running game despite a small sample size in Miller's rookie season.

Miller is a proud Miami product through and through. He grew up in Miami, played high school football in the city and was a star running back in college for the Miami Hurricanes. Last year, Miller completed the Miami football trifecta when he was drafted by the Dolphins in the fourth round.

This year, Miller gets the rare opportunity to be the featured runner for his hometown NFL team. The Dolphins showed a lot of confidence in Miller this offseason by letting leading rusher Reggie Bush walk in free agency. It was Miller, not Bush, who led Miami with 4.9 yards per attempt last season, and the Dolphins expect more of the same in 2013.

Miller appears ready for the challenge. He certainly has a quiet confidence about him in Year 2 that he didn't have as a rookie.

“I feel very comfortable just getting used to running the ball, the offensive line scheme and just being [involved] more,” Miller said. “I just know what I’m doing. I’m not second-guessing too much, and I’m just doing what the coaches are telling me to do. Last year, I was thinking about it too much.”

Are the Dolphins making the right decision? It’s too early to tell whether Miller can handle the load after just 51 carries last season.

Miller ranked 10th among rookie rushers last season with 250 rushing yards. Other drafted running backs such as Alfred Morris (1,613 yards) of the Washington Redskins, Doug Martin (1,454 yards) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Trent Richardson (950 yards) of the Cleveland Browns had far more productive rookie campaigns and are safer bets as starters in 2013.

However, Miller has been praised by the Dolphins all offseason. Miami’s coaching staff and front office are seemingly as high on Miller as Washington is on Morris and Cleveland is on Richardson. It's a calculated risk, but Miller is doing all the right things at this point to make the Dolphins feel secure in their decision.

“[Miller] is very, very fundamentally sound,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “He is a guy where we talk to our team about ball security. ...There were a lot of good clips we showed the ball club yesterday of him in practice executing the fundamental of where we want to.

“I think his knowledge of the system has definitely increased. He appears to be a lot more comfortable in what he is doing. [There] doesn’t appear to be much indecision in his play. He’s doing a nice job.”

The hunger for more is what’s fueling Miller. He made a wise decision this offseason to train with four-time Pro Bowl tailback and fellow University of Miami alum Frank Gore. Miller looks up to Gore, 30, because they have a lot of similarities. Gore also is a Miami native who took a similar path to the NFL by starring at the University of Miami. Similar to Miller, who suffered a shoulder injury in college, Gore (knees) also entered the NFL with injury concerns but went on to have a stellar career.

Miller believes his time with Gore will make him a better NFL player in 2013.

“He gave me a lot of advice, going from his first year to now,” Miller explained. “He taught me how to pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield and take whatever the defense is giving me.”

Being a starting running back in Philbin’s offense isn’t easy. The player must have multiple talents, many of which do not include just running the ball.

Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman run a quarterback-heavy West Coast system that requires running backs to do a lot of pass protecting and catching the football in open space. The closest comparison would be Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ offense in Green Bay, where Philbin served as offensive coordinator from 2007-11. Philbin is trying to mold the Dolphins into a similar attacking-style offense.

The Bush safety net is no longer available for Miller. He is the focal point of Miami’s running game and must prove he can be a complete tailback. Miller averaged just 3.2 carries per game last season, and that number could get into the 20s on most weeks this year.

There is certainly a buzz in Miami that Miller is ready to produce his first 1,000-yard season. But Miller isn’t focusing on his own preseason hype.

“I hear people talking about it, but I really try not to get into it,” Miller said. “I’m just staying humble and just staying focused on what the team wants me to do.”


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Lamar Miller of Miami Dolphins: I want 1,500 rush yards

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There are NFL players with decent fantasy football buzz this season, and then there is Lamar Miller. The presumptive Miami Dolphins starting running back is The Guy among fans looking for a breakout player. Miller knows it.

"I hear a lot of fans talking about their fantasy teams," Miller told the crew on NFL Network's "NFL Fantasy Live" on Tuesday. "I'm really not trying to pay too much attention to it. I'm just trying to do whatever's best to help this team win, put points on the scoreboard."

This is the healthy approach. (The non-Jaguars approach.)

Being the fantasy "it" guy for an offseason can be precarious. For every trendy fantasy breakout that happens -- remember Matt Forte in 2008? -- there are guys like Ryan Mathews or Kevan Barlow, broken down on the side of the fantasy football sleeper highway. Miller knows exactly what to say to get the folks overexcited.

"My goal is 1,500 (yards)," Miller said. "We have great offensive linemen, so hopefully we can get the job done. I'm aiming for 1,500."

That sounds like a stretch, but those aren't the words of a guy worried about competition on his own team. (Like, say, Daniel Thomas.) Our guy Chris Wesseling has been driving the Miller bandwagon all offseason, and it's not too late to jump aboard.

The NFL.com draft guide indicates Miller still isn't going in the top-50 fantasy picks, which means he's still getting taken too late.


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Lamar Miller not guaranteed starting job

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Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller has not earned the starting running back job yet because the team believes RB Daniel Thomas can have a big season if he is able to stay healthy. Miller has received most of the reps with the first-team offense, but Thomas has received some reps with the starters.

Fantasy Tip: Miller appears to have the edge for the starting job, but Thomas could receive the chance to win the job. Miller should be seen as a low-end No. 2 fantasy running back if he wins the job while Thomas should be considered a high-end No. 3 running back if he starts.


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Philbin praises Lamar Miller's fundamentals

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Coach Joe Philbin praised Lamar Miller for being "very fundamentally sound" as the Dolphins began training camp.
One trait we noticed on Miller's rookie-year game tape was composed play, consistently running within the design of the offense. The same couldn't be said for David Wilson and Bryce Brown. "I think his knowledge of the system has definitely increased," Philbin said of Miller. "He appears to be a lot more comfortable with what he’s doing. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of indecision in his play." Miller is a prime 2013 fantasy football breakout candidate.

Miller said he’s not listening to the pundits who are considering him a possible breakout player this year. But he admitted that “everybody wants that star position.”

“I’m just getting more hungrier so that position be mine,” Miller said.


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Another 49er supporting Miami, Gore helping Miller develop

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San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick adamantly defended his right to wear a Dolphins hat a week ago. Now, starting running back Frank Gore is in Miami, personally helping the team's running back improve.
During a period of six weeks usually reserved for NFL vacations -- and legal problems -- Gore is doing two-a-days with Lamar Miller and reports indicate the 22-year-old Dolphins running back is benefiting significantly.

"It has been great working with Frank, and it is going to help me in my game," Miller told the Miami Herald. "He has given me a lot of tips."

Miller reportedly joined Gore's offseason regimen at the advice of shared agent Drew Rosenhaus. Now, they are spending mornings working out with a group of players before splintering off to work with a trainer in the evenings.

Miller, who in one fewer season came up 57 yards and two touchdowns short of Gore's impressive Miami numbers, grew up less than 15 minutes from the man he idolized through college.

"I used to look up to all the UM running backs growing up because that’s where I wanted to go," Miller said. "I want to keep the legacy of the University of Miami going."

Former Hurricanes have a history of training together, and Gore and Miller's partnership hasn't gone unnoticed.

"The way Lamar is learning from Frank, it’s a beautiful thing," said Steelers' Sean Spence, who played two seasons at Miami with Miller.

Those who have trained Miller, according to the Herald, cite his improved "work ethic and mentality," say "his footwork got a lot better," and indicate he now knows "how to take care of his body (and) what to do beyond what is required."

The developed characteristics are all hallmarks of Gore's successful eight-year NFL career, in which he has averaged 4.6 yards per carry and over six touchdowns a season.

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Miller is hoping the hard work will help him sustain his rookie success; he earned an average of 4.9 yards over 51 carries last year.

"I’ve gotten quicker doing lateral work," Miller was quoted. "And I’ve become more explosive by training every day doing squats on my legs. I’m stronger."

But his strength isn't what's turning heads in Florida -- it's his speed.

The list of accomplished backs produced by Miami is impressive, boasting the likes of Edgerrin James ('96-'98), Clinton Portis ('99-'01), Willis McGahee ('01-'02) and Gore ('01-'04). But the 49ers' 30-year-old feature back reserved the highest praise for Miller.

"Lamar is probably the fastest," Gore said. "And he’s a good kid. We motivate each other.”

As long as it's a two-way street, and 49ers fans don't feel like their players are offering unreciprocated support, there shouldn't be a problem -- especially when you consider all the other ways Gore could be spending his six weeks off before the team convenes in Santa Clara for training camp on July 24.


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RBs guru calls Lamar Miller 'the fastest running back I've ever seen'

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With the Dolphins depth chart thinned after Reggie Bush's departure to the Lions, there are high expectations for second-year running back Lamar Miller. It sounds like the former Miami Hurricane is doing his best to fulfill them, too.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Miller's in North Miami Beach being mentored by 49ers running back -- and fellow former 'Cane -- Frank Gore. The pair are working out twice daily along with other NFL players, including another former Hurricane: Steelers linebacker Sean Spence.

“The way Lamar is learning from Frank, it's a beautiful thing," Spence said.

The backs are also working with Pete Bommarito, who runs Bommarito Performance Systems and has trained a who's who list of running backs in the NFL. And Bommarito's praise of Miller is even higher.

“He's the fastest running back I've ever seen,” Bommarito said.

The trainer also noted that working with Gore has done positive things for Miller's "work ethic and mentality" toward the game of football.
“Since Lamar started gravitating toward Frank, his work ethic and mentality are unparalleled," Bommarito said.

It's easy to understand how working with Gore can help Miller: There's arguably not a more underrated running back in the league than Gore, and he also happens to be a guy who's been counted out and dismissed more times than you can count. He had multiple knee surgeries (right and left ACLs) in college, a slew of injuries in the pros, and people expected drop-offs in production every season. (And yet, since being named the 49ers starter, Gore has averaged 15 games, 1,176 yards and seven touchdowns a season.)

I digress, but you get the point here: Gore's a great role model. Per Bommarito, Gore's also showing Miller “how to take care of his body, what to do beyond what is required.”

So is the work paying off? Gore praised Miller, saying he's the "fastest" Hurricanes running back of the last 20 years (a group that includes Edgerrin James, Gore, Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee) and likened the youngster to Portis.

Miller says the result of his work with Gore is that he's "stronger" and "more explosive" than he was in his rookie season.

"I've gotten quicker doing lateral work, and I've become more explosive by training every day doing squats on my legs,” Miller said. "[And] I'm stronger. Last year, I was kind of lost getting adjusted to the speed of the game and knowing where I'm supposed to be at all times. Now I'm very comfortable with the system."
That's a terrifying thought for opponents looking to stop the second-year back. For the Dolphins, though, it provides early justification for their decision to let Bush walk on the open market and put their faith in a young running back who appears eager to live up to the expectations that surround his 2013 season.


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Ryan Tannehill Impressed With Lamar Miller’s Pass Blocking

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Miami Dolphins second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill has an offense that looks a whole lot different, and it’s for the better given the new pass-catchers around him. Mike Wallace is one of the best deep threats in the game, Brandon Gibson is an interesting No. 3 receiver, and Dustin Keller was Mark Sanchez‘s only reliable target. A new running back is taking the Dolphins role as a feature back next season, and the organization couldn’t seem higher on another second-year player in the backfield in Lamar Miller, who looked great in limited carries last season. Miller has a world of potential, and he’s looked as good as advertised thus far this offseason. The Dolphins are hoping that they won’t miss Reggie Bush‘s playmaking ability, and, for what it’s worth, LaDainian Tomlinson thinks Miller is even more explosive than Bush.

But what impresses Tannehill the most about Miller is his improved pass protection, which is something the Dolphins organization has also been quick praise. Tannehill told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,  ”he’s picking up pass protections a lot better. Now that he’s got that, he’s going to be a great player.”

Pass protection is something that gets overlooked at the running back position, especially with backs who are better known for other qualities. Three examples that come to mind are feature backs Fred Jackson, Frank Gore, and Ahmad Bradshaw, who aren’t as widely recognized as being elite pass blockers since they are just such great rushers (and receivers) overall. I wonder if Miller is in-line to be that kind of an all-around feature back for the Dolphins, and the team does seem to talk him up like that.

It’s no secret that Miller is a potential breakout star in 2013, and those who watched him coming out of college at Miami know that Miller has the ability to be a great running back in this league. It’s a good thing the New England Patriots have one of the best run defenses in the NFL.


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Lamar Miller has not won starting job yet

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Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller will have to show he can pass protect and stay healthy during training camp in order to hold off RBs Daniel Thomas and Mike Gillislee for the starting job.




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Coach Joe Philbin talks up Lamar Miller

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Coach Joe Philbin says Lamar Miller has "really progressed" over the course of OTAs and minicamp.

"He is very smart," Philbin said. "I think he has really progressed from a mental standpoint as a professional in his second season. He has very good hands. We like a lot of the things he is doing in pass protection. Again, we have to temper our enthusiasm based on how he does in pads, but I think his understanding of how he fits in the protection scheme is very good. We use that term, ‘closing the distance.’ He has done an excellent job in that regard in the spring, so we’ll have to see how that carries over to the fall." Miller is the favorite for lead-back duties in the Miami backfield. We have him as a mid-to-low RB2.


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Lamar Miller Wants To Rush For 1,500+ Yards

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In a limited role, typically in relief of the since-departed Reggie Bush, Lamar Miller was an explosive, change-of-pace back last season, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

Now, heading into his second season, Miller appears ready to take over as the team’s full-time starter, earning confidence from Ryan Tannehill and others this offseason.

While he’s ready to help a Dolphins’ reloaded offense try to put up more points this year, personally, he has a number in mind.

“My goal is to rush over 1,500 (yards),” Miller said, “and just help this organization get back to where it used to be.”

It’s quite an audacious goal, one that the second-year running back will need a combination of skill, opportunity and, yes, luck to accomplish. For one, the NFL isn’t what it used to be; teams are throwing more than they ever have before. Six of the seven highest single-season totals for pass attempts by a quarterback have occurred the last three seasons.

When teams do run, they — to the chagrin of fantasy owners everywhere — are more likely to spread carries around — we are in the running back-by-committee era. To put it in a numerical context: running backs have eclipsed 1,500 rushing yards just ten times during the past six seasons (2007-12); there were 27 1,500-yard seasons in the six years prior to this stretch (2001-06), though.

The question — if Miller can prove to be effective as a starter — is whether he will get enough carries. The four running backs that rushed for 1,500 yards in 2012 — Adrian Peterson, Alfred Morris, Marshawn Lynch and Jamaal Charles — combined to carry the ball on an average 32.2 percent of their team’s plays. Compare that to Bush, who only carried the ball 23.1 percent of the time in the Dolphins’ West Coast offense last season, and it may be tough for Miller to get enough attempts this year, especially with Daniel Thomas and Mike Gillislee helping out.

But if the additions of Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Dustin Keller, et al. open up running lanes for Miller, and he gets enough opportunities, the Dolphins running back, a potential fantasy sleeper, could give 1,500 yards a run.


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Miami Dolphins' Lamar Miller a man in motion

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There seems to be a new starting running back in Miami, and it is someone quite familiar with South Florida.

Lamar Miller has been turning some heads during spring workouts, picking up the carries that were left when Reggie Bush signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions.

And he is picking them up just fine.

“Well, that’s everybody’s goal, to be a great running back in this league,” Miller told reporters. “I’m just trying to get better every day. I got a great offensive line that should make my job easier. I’m just trying to get better as a player overall.”

That is what the Miami Dolphins were hoping when they let Bush go to Detroit in the offseason.

The Dolphins drafted Miller in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. The University of Miami standout has been getting the ball a lot early in the workouts, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill has liked what he has seen, saying on NFL Network that Miller was “way ahead” of the other running backs.

Miller showed flashes during his rookie campaign, rushing for 250 yards, an average of nearly 5 yards per carry.

But head coach Joe Philbin is quick to point out it is early and the race to be the starting running back is “wide open.”

But he likes what he has seen.

“We liked the guys we had. We like the guys we have in the locker room — we thought there was potential there,” Philbin told reporters in Miami. “We thought there was opportunity for growth and development out of those guys, and we’ll see how that goes here in the next couple weeks and months.”

The team still has Daniel Thomas, and drafted University of Florida running back Mike Gillislee.

While some may take a quick look and say the Dolphins are in trouble at running back, Miller says, “let them talk.”

“It just pushes you more. It’s a motivation just to show the guys who doubt you,” Miller said. “You just try to take your game to the next level to show them what you’re capable of doing.”


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Ryan Tannehill: Lamar Miller is Miami Dolphins' RB

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We knew as far back as February that the Miami Dolphins were giving Reggie Bush the cold shoulder because they believe 2012 fourth-round draft pick Lamar Miller can be a bigger, faster, better version in this year's backfield.

Although Dolphins coach Joe Philbin recently described the running back competition as "wide open," those close to the team understand that Miller is the runaway leader.

Appearing on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" on Monday, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill stated without equivocation that Miller is well ahead of 2011 second-rounder Daniel Thomas and rookie Mike Gillislee.

Asked who the Dolphins' starting running back is, Tannehill replied without hesitation: "Lamar Miller right now. He's doing a great job this offseason, really has a great handle on the offense and he's doing a great job protecting. ... They can (all) run the ball but being able to understand the pass game, understand the checkdowns and where they're protecting really makes a big difference and makes me more comfortable."

Fantasy leaguers take note: With deep-threat option Mike Wallace on the scene to keep extra defenders out of the box, there isn't a better breakout candidate than Miller this season.


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Lamar Miller Fantasy Sleeper RB

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Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: Miller carried the football a mere 51 times as a rookie, but he showed some flashes of potential with a solid 4.9-yards-per-carry average. With Reggie Bush now in Detroit, the Miami (FL) product is in a great spot to take over the No. 1 role in the backfield for coach Joe Philbin. He also has the best schedule among running backs based on fantasy points for 2013. In a best-case scenario, Miller could turn into a legitimate No. 2 fantasy runner.


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Lamar Miller leads Miami Dolphins' running back battle

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One of the more intriguing position battles this offseason is taking place in the Miami Dolphins' backfield.

Right now, it seems like Lamar Miller is the runaway leader to get Reggie Bush's old touches.

"Everybody's mindset is to start," Miller said Wednesday, via the Miami Herald. "We've just got to come out here and compete every day and get each other better, so whoever gets into a starting position, just help this team win."

Miller is getting the bulk of the snaps with the first team over Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee, Jonas Gray and Marcus Thigpen.

On Wednesday, coach Joe Philbin defined the competition as "wide open" and warned not to make too much out of who is getting reps with which unit.

"We're going to watch the tape and see how our players pick up the blitz, run routes, see how they run the ball when they have the opportunity and go from there," Philbin said.

It is interesting Philbin mentioned pass protection first. As the Herald points out, Miller's struggles in protecting the quarterback probably kept him off the field toward the beginning of the 2012 season. If he shores up his blocking, he might end up seeing the majority of snaps this year.


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Lamar Miller hoping to run the show

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Lamar Miller didn’t hesitate. The hole was there. So he hit it. Hard.

And a heartbeat later, Miller was in the end zone, proving — at least in shorts and helmets — that 218 pounds is plenty big enough to be an effective short-yardage back.

Of course, Miller hopes his role is far more expansive than that. The Dolphins’ second-year rusher doesn’t want any prefix attached to his title except one: every-down.

“Everybody’s mind-set is to start,” Miller said Wednesday after the day’s 90-minute organized team activities. “We’ve just got to come out here and compete every day and get each other better, so whoever gets into a starting position, just help this team win.”

Technically, the competition to succeed Reggie Bush as the Dolphins’ featured back is “wide open,” as Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday. Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee, Jonas Gray and Marcus Thigpen also are in the mix.

But through May, Miller appears to have a leg up on the field, both in repetitions and in production.

He is taking the bulk of snaps with the first team, and when he does, he has been effective, showing the same explosiveness he did at the University of Miami.
“I think he’s just more comfortable,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “He knows the offense. He’s been in it for a year. He knows the protections. Now he can just go out and let his athletic ability shine for itself.”

In March, before free agency began, the Dolphins sent out signals that they were ready to move on from Bush, who averaged more than 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons with the Dolphins.

On Wednesday, Philbin explained why.

“We liked the guys we had,” he said.

“We thought there was potential there. We thought there was opportunity for growth and development out of those guys, and we’ll see how that goes here in the next couple weeks and months.”

Philbin said that despite the open competition at this point, too much should not be read into who’s working the most with which unit. Instead, the springtime is about installation as much as it is evaluation, and exposing the players to as many situations as possible.

“We’re going to watch the tape and see how our players pick up the blitz, run routes, see how they run the ball when they have the opportunity and go from there,” Philbin said.

It’s telling that Philbin mentioned pass protection first in the list of skills. For Miller, that probably kept him off the field early in the 2012 season.
Miller said he is focused on improving his blocking this offseason and expects that to show up when the competition begins in earnest come training camp.

As for the workload associated with a No. 1 running back — 250 or so carries over the course of the season — he doesn’t think that will be a problem. Miller rushed the ball 227 times in his final season at UM, and that was during a shorter season than in the NFL.

“It’s about staying in better condition and staying healthy,” Miller said, adding, “I feel like I’m more of an explosive, speed type of guy. I’m just trying to keep it going.”


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Lamar Miller works with first-team offense

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Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller worked predominantly with the first-team offense, but RBs Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee and Marcus Thigpen also saw carries Tuesday, May 21, in organized team activities (OTAs).




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Show and prove: Dolphins RB Lamar Miller

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The AFC East blog will begin its 2013 "Show and Prove" series this week. We will examine key players in the division who have a lot to prove this upcoming season.

Let’s start with Miami Dolphins tailback Lamar Miller, who will be a first-year starter.

2012 stats: 51 carries, 250 yards, one TD

What he has to prove: Miller must prove that he can carry the load in his second season. He showed a lot of potential in 2012 by leading the Dolphins with 4.9 yards per carry, but this year will be different with the departure of former starter Reggie Bush to free agency. Miller’s carries could increase from 51 last season to more than 200. That's a big jump. Miller had injury issues in college and must prove his durability. Miller also is a bit undersized and struggled mightily with pass protection. That’s a major focus for Miller if he wants to be the long-term solution at tailback in Miami.

Walker’s 2013 outlook: I liked what I saw from Miller last season. He has good burst and vision, which are two things needed from a tailback running behind Miami’s zone-blocking scheme. Miller is a better fit in that respect that Bush, who had a penchant to run east and west too often for zero or negative yards. However, I do have serious doubts about Miller as a pass blocker. Teams identified and exposed Miller last year in that area when he was in the game. He has a long way to go with taking on blocks, and I’m not sure he can make huge strides in just one offseason. Otherwise, Miami’s backfield of Miller, Daniel Thomas and potentially rookie Mike Gillislee should be solid and better than advertised.


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Daniel Thomas irritated at Lamar Miller talk

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Daniel Thomas believes he's a legitimate contender for the Dolphins' starting running back job.

Thomas must not be watching much of his own film. "I don’t know why (Lamar Miller) would have the inside track," Thomas said incredulously Tuesday. "It’s an open competition. Everybody has a fair shot. The best player is going to get the job. Nobody has a leg up." Thomas does admit he's been "inconsistent" since being the No. 62 overall pick of the 2011 draft. All signs suggest the Dolphins want and expect Miller to be their No. 1 back.


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Lamar Miller working out with fellow proCane Frank Gore

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Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller has been working out with San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore during the offseason. Gore, a fellow University of Miami alum, counseled Miller on lessons learned in the NFL. Miller said Tuesday, May 14, he is staying at 215 pounds, but adding more muscle mass.

Fantasy Tip: Miller is viewed by some as having a leg up in the competition for the starting tailback job in Miami, although Daniel Thomas is not ready to go quietly. Whoever emerges as the top dog will be a low-end RB2 or flex fantasy option in most formats.


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Mike Pouncey "Guarantees" Lamar Miller tops 1300 yards rushing next year

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Dolphins Center Mike Pouncey "guarantees" Lamar Miller will top 1300 yards next year, which shouldn’t be too difficult for Miller if he is given around 16-20 carries per game.




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Jeff Irleand talks up Lamar Miller

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Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland says he has a "high, high degree of excitement for" Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas.

Most, if not all, of Ireland's excitement should lie with Miller, the No. 97 overall pick in last year's draft. We already know what Thomas is, and he's a fumbling, concussion-prone, straight-ahead plodder who has averaged 3.5 YPC on 256 career carries. Miller is expected to get every chance to win the starting job this summer, and it would be a disappointment if he didn't succeed.


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Can Lamar Miller replace Reggie Bush?

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The changing of the guard at tailback in Miami was nearly a year in the making.

Following Day 3 of the 2012 NFL draft, Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland gushed about fourth-round pick Lamar Miller. Ireland traded up six spots to draft Miller, who played at nearby University of Miami. Ireland knew Miller well and believed he was a first- or second-round talent. But Miller’s stock dropped due to a lingering shoulder injury he suffered in college.

Miller flashed plenty of ability throughout Miami's training camp. He saw his first action in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders and rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown. Miller also rushed for a career-high 73 yards on 10 carries against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16. Miller received just 51 carries last season but averaged a team-high 4.9 yards per rush.

This is why it was no surprise that Miami will not re-sign starting running back Reggie Bush. The Dolphins believe Miller is ready to take on a bigger role at a more affordable rate than Bush. Miller will pair with former second-round pick Daniel Thomas in Miami next season.

Bush developed into a leader in Miami and rushed for more than 2,000 yards the past two seasons. Bush should get a nice contract elsewhere in free agency. He's earned it, but Bush is far from irreplaceable in Miami.

The Dolphins have plenty of depth at running back and should be fine with Miller, Thomas and perhaps a third running back via the draft or free agency. Miami’s primary focus should be adding depth at weaker positions such as cornerback, wide receiver and tight end.


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Thank you to Harry Rothwell @mrallcanes for sending us this photo of proCanes: Lamar Miller Dolphins, DeMarcus Van Dyke Steelers, Allen Bailey Chiefs, Sean Spence Steelers, Travis Benjamin Browns, Brandon Harris Texans.


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Lamar Miller not expected to face competition

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The Miami Dolphins are not considering having RB Daniel Thomas compete with RB Lamar Miller for the starting running back job next season and are not expected to sign a veteran running back to compete with Miller. The team likes Miller's ability to make jump-cut moves, which allows him to get to the second level in the team's zone-blocking scheme.


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'Understood' Lamar Miller will get chance to start

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Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says it's "universally understood" that Lamar Miller will be given "every opportunity" to start in 2013.
It's becoming clearer that Reggie Bush will not be re-signed no matter how much he wants to return. The money just won't be right for both sides. Miller has been the offseason's running back darling, and has been mentioned several times by GM Jeff Ireland as a guy he expects to take a major leap. Miller's fantasy stock is steadily rising.


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VIDEO: Lamar Miller 2012 Season Highlights




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Lamar Miller reason for Reggie Bush's Dolphins demise

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Impending free-agent running back Reggie Bush's agents are reportedly "confused" by the Miami Dolphins' indifference  about his status since the end of the season. The team has yet to make him a contract offer.

Bush's camp should look no further than Lamar Miller for an explanation, as the Dolphins believe the 97th pick in the 2012 draft can be a bigger, faster, better version in this year's backfield.

While the expectations remain low for 2011 second-rounder Daniel Thomas, general manager Jeff Ireland recently singled out the more talented Miller for a bigger role.

"Lamar really showed some great signs of really some explosive play opportunity," Ireland said last week, according to The Palm Beach Post. "He kind of shoots out of the cannon when he hits the hole. He's got very good hands. I thought he did a very good job in his pass protection, which keeps him on the field all three downs."

The Dolphins think highly enough of Miller as their lead running back that they likely will ignore looking for another player at the position in free agency.

Any list of 2013 NFL breakout candidates should start with Miller. He has the playmaking ability to emerge as the Dolphins' top offensive weapon.


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Dolphins GM Ireland talks up RB Lamar Miller

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Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland singled out Lamar Miller as the player he's expecting the most growth from in 2013.

The fog is starting to clear, and it's looking more and more likely that free agent Reggie Bush will not be re-signed. "Lamar really showed some great signs of really some explosive-play opportunity," Ireland said. "He kind of shoots out of the cannon when he hits the hole. He’s got very good hands. I thought he did a very good job in his pass protection, which keeps him on the field all three downs." Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald recently reported that Miami thinks Miller can be an upgrade on Bush as a system fit in Joe Philbin's zone-run scheme. Daniel Thomas, or another veteran, would likely be Miller's backup. Miller's fantasy stock is on the upswing.


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Dolphins reportedly believe Lamar Miller will be better than Reggie Bush

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According to Armando Sagluero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins like running back Lamar Miller better than Reggie Bush because they believe he can be better.  And of course it helps that Miller is six years younger than Bush while also being faster and bigger.

Bush is turning 28 years-old in March, which means he probably only has another few good years in him.  NFL running backs fall off a cliff very quickly when it comes to their production.


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Lamar Miller moves up depth chart

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Daniel Thomas’ mid-December knee injury required surgery, according to his representation – he should be fine by the spring – and the second-round pick has fallen behind Lamar Miller in the organization’s eyes. Disconcerting: His three fumbles were the most by any NFL back with fewer than 100 carries, and only four backs with as many attempts had a lower per-carry average than Thomas’ 3.6. Incidentally, Reggie Bush tied for the league lead among backs with five fumbles.


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proCane Players of Week 16

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Co-Offensive Players of the Week:

Reggie Wayne: proCane Colts WR Reggie Wayne caught five catches and scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter with a little over four minutes to play to help seal an unexpected playoff berth for a young Colts team. Wayne helped Luck break the single-season rookie passing record Sunday, ranks sixth in the NFL with 1,315 yards and fifth in receptions with 102. Wayne extended his NFL record 63 game streak of having 3 or more receptions.

Andre Johnson: proCane Texans WR Andre Johnson recorded his 800th career reception in Sunday's loss to Minnesota, reaching the impressive milestone in the second-fewest games of any player in league history (Marvin Harrison). The 10th-year wide receiver built on another terrific season with a seven-catch performance, eclipsing the 100-catch plateau for the fourth time in his career. The Miami, Fla., native, who has the fourth-most catches of any active player, now ranks third in the NFL with 1,457 receiving yards and fifth with 100 receptions. Johnson finished the game with 7 catches for 97 yards.

Lamar Miller: proCane Dolphins RB Lamar Miller in his first chance at extended play for Miami this season didn’t disappoint. Miller rushed 10 times for 73 yards in Sunday's win over the Bills, leading the Dolphins in rushing. Miller is getting an extended look with Daniel Thomas out for the season, and showed big-play ability while filling in for Reggie Bush. He should go into the offseason no worse than second on the running back depth chart, and could be considered for a starting role if Bush doesn't re-sign.

Honorable Mention: Santana Moss, WR Redskins.

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Defensive Players of Week:

Sam Shields: proCane Packers DB Sam Shields continued his stellar play after returning from injury three weeks ago. Shields had 1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass deflection and 1 interception in Packers blowout victory over the Titans. Since his return Dec. 9 from an ankle injury, Shields has two interceptions in three games, his first sack in nearly two years and seven passes defensed, just a few stats to tell of his big hits, inseparable coverage and feisty nature in no man's land.
Honorable Mention: Calais Campbell, DE Cardinals.

Special Teams Player of the Week:

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proCane Falcons P Matt Bosher continued his great 2nd season with four punts in Week 16. Bosher’s four punts totaled 167 yards with a long of 47 yards, and average of 41.8 yards and two punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.


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Lamar Miller's Workload Should Increase

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Wednesday, the Miami Dolphins placed second-year running back Daniel Thomas on injured reserve, ending his season after he suffered a knee injury after playing just seven snaps on Sunday.

Thomas’ absence will mean an increased workload for rookie running back Lamar Miller, who has just 36 carries for 164 yards and a touchdown this year, but is getting more playing time lately and starting to show promise. Reggie Bush, who has 895 rushing yards this year, will likely carry more of the load, as well.

Thomas had his moments in 2012, with nice games against the Jets (80 total yards), Seattle (78 yards) and scoring the second-most touchdowns on the team (4). But his final numbers look disappointing — 91 carries for 325 yards (3.6 average), four rushing touchdowns and 15 catches for 156 yards.

To fill Thomas’ roster spot, the Dolphins signed cornerback Julian Posey from the practice squad, and signed DB Dion Turner to the practice squad.

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PHOTO: 49ers & Dolphins proCanes Represent After Game

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proCane Dolphin Olivier Vernon, 49er Frank Gore & Dolphin Lamar Miller throw up “The U” after their Week 14 matchup in which the 49ers won. proCane 49ers LB Tavares Gooden was not in the picture as he was in the locker room nursing an injury he suffered during the game.


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Lamar Miller caught up in numbers game

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A lot of people have wondered about rookie running back Lamar Miller being inactive last week. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin gave an official answer Wednesday; I’ll try to read between the lines.

For those who want to get the bottom line right away, here it is: it’s tough to justify carrying Miller on the 46-man gameday active roster because his role can be filled by more valuable players. That’s even considering Miller, the University of Miami alum, has 145 yards on 27 carries, an average of 5.4 yards per carry.
Here’s my view of things:

Starter Reggie Bush (150 carries, 662 yards, 4.4 ypc) occupies Miller’s role – No. 1 option in the running game. Bush has been durable, he’s a veteran, and he’s doing a decent job. Miller won’t take playing time from Bush.

So now you go to the other running backs on the roster. They each have a specific role that Miller can’t fill.

Daniel Thomas (86 carries, 306 yards, 3.7 ypc) is the hard-nosed runner and the best pass blocker. He’s also useful in the red zone, and he’s showed he can sometimes be an effective first- and second-down runner. Miller won’t take playing time from Thomas.

Jorvorskie Lane (13 carries, 13 yards, 1.0 ypc) is the fullback. That’s not Miller’s role. No playing time there.

Marcus Thigpen is the kickoff and punt returner. He’s got a role, and it doesn’t include plays from scrimmage so that doesn’t help Miller get playing time.
That’s four active running backs on a team that’s averaging 56 plays per game the last four weeks. If the Dolphins were getting 70 plays per game maybe they’d need another running back. But for the way things are right now, defensive backs and wide receivers are more of a need.

That might be more of a truth this week when the Dolphins host New England, which averages an alarming 37 points per game. The Patriots’ proficiency at passing means you’ll need defensive backs. And their tendency to take leads, forcing teams to pass to catch up, means wide receivers are needed, too. It could come down to Miller vs. tight end Jeron Mastrud, but Mastrud is a good blocker who plays in goalline offense.

This has turned into a year of learning for Miller. There have been three games among the Dolphins’ 11 in which he was inactive or didn’t play. He’s been inactive for Seattle and Houston, and he was the only player on the active roster that didn’t play in the 30-9 victory against the New York Jets.

The active gameday roster, including the seven inactive players, is usually turned in 90 minutes before kickoff. Here’s what Philbin said Wednesday when asked about Miller:

“Really, when push comes to shove, an hour-and-a-half before the game and during the course of the practice week, you make a decision on the 46-man roster based on what guys that particular week are going to give you the best chance to win that game.

“There’s a host of factors that go into that decision and this week we decided with the 46 guys that he was not going to be one of them. But it isn’t necessarily an indictment of him or what he did or didn’t do.”

My interpretation: Miller didn’t have a role in the Dolphins’ gameplan against Seattle because the Dolphins thought if Bush was injured, Thomas could do the job well enough.

That could be the case again this week against New England. I believe the last part of what Philbin said, that Miller being inactive last week wasn’t “necessarily an indictment of him or what he did or didn’t do.”

I don’t think Miller being inactive necessarily means the coaches don’t like him, or don’t trust him, or, perhaps the worst offense of all, that they fail to recognize his talent.

The truth is probably simple: It’s tough justifying having Miller on the 46-man active roster on Sundays.


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Lamar Miller loses snaps

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Dolphins rookies QB Ryan Tannehill and ORT Jonathan Martin have been significant contributors early on, and both are overachieving. The other two big-name offensive rookies, RB Lamar Miller and TE Michael Egnew, have needed more time to develop.

Miller showed flashes earlier in the season. In Weeks Two and Three, he rushed the ball 19 times for 113 yards (5.9-yard average), and we're told the team has had plenty of praise for the local back out of Miami (Fla.). But it puzzled observers when Miller didn’t get a single carry in Week Six, when No. 2 RB Daniel Thomas was out with a concussion, seemingly giving Miller an opportunity. Head coach Joe Philbin chalked that up to the lack of offensive plays. When Thomas returned for Week Eight, Miller was the only active Dolphin who did not step on the field.


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All Canes Radio With Lamar Miller

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Every Thursday Night proCanes.com joins All Canes Radio to bring the latest news on not only current Hurricane football but also proCane news and exclusive interviews with current and former proCanes live from Shake Shack in Coral Gables. Click here to listen to this week’s show and hear our exclusive interview with former Hurricane and new proCane Lamar Miller. Miller talks about being drafted by the Miami Dolphins, how his rookie season is progressing, what he sees in Hurricane freshman Duke Johnson and much more!


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Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller happy where they are

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On the first day of school at Miami American High in 2005, a lanky freshman named Olivier Vernon walked into coach Morty Bernstein’s office and signed up to play football.

Even though he had never played organized football, Vernon soon found himself on the Patriots’ varsity team. The freshman got pummeled.

“I wanted to play safety because I admired Sean Taylor so much,” Vernon said. “They saw my size and put me on D-line. I was only 175 pounds. There were a lot of big dudes out there.”

No one, at least not then, could have envisioned Vernon playing down the road at Sun Life Stadium as a member of the Miami Dolphins just seven years later.
Last Sunday, the rookie defensive end had his best day as a member of the Dolphins, sacking quarterback Sam Bradford on the Rams’ final offensive play. After the 3-yard loss, St. Louis attempted a desperate 66-yard field goal. The kick drifted left and the Dolphins held on for a 17-14 win.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be playing in the NFL, much less for the Dolphins,” Vernon said. “This is a great opportunity for me and I truly feel blessed.”

Vernon and fellow rookie Lamar Miller, a running back, are both rarities within the Dolphins as both have been able to spend their entire football career — to this point, anyway — without leaving Miami-Dade County (aside from practices in Davie).

The only other player in Dolphins history to play his entire career within the 305 area code is recently retired offensive lineman Vernon Carey (Miami Northwestern).

Defensive back Bobby Harden, a native of Pahokee, played four seasons with the Dolphins after being a 12th-round pick out of Miami in 1991.

Randal Hill came close to being the first as the Miami Killian High grad was taken with the 23rd pick by the Dolphins in 1991. After one game, Hill was traded to Arizona for a first-round pick. Hill returned to Miami in 1995 and played in 26 games over the course of two seasons.

Even though South Florida is rich in football talent and the University of Miami produced 114 NFL draftees from 1992 to 2011, the Dolphins haven’t stayed local very often as Vernon was the first UM player drafted by the Dolphins since Carey in 2004.

Since the Dolphins’ inception in 1966, the franchise has selected 17 players from Miami — nine since Miami won its first national championship in 1983. The Dolphins have signed former UM players — such as Bernie Kosar, Craig Erickson, Cleveland Gary, Leon Searcy and Lamar Thomas — years after other teams drafted them.

Vernon and Miller say they appreciate the opportunity they have to suit up for their hometown squad.

“I can’t believe I’m playing in my hometown. To play high school, college and pro in one town is a true blessing,” said Miller, who played at Killian High before spending three seasons with the Hurricanes. “I used to watch the Dolphins and was a high school Player of the Week a few times, so I got to come to a few games. Having my family here at every home game is real motivation.”

Like Miller, Vernon has plenty of family support in the stands each week.

His father Lascelles — who is a Miami Beach police officer — and mother Bernette never missed a UM game once he joined the Hurricanes in 2009. And although they haven’t traveled yet this season, they are planning to do so. They have, however, been there for his four home games (including the preseason) with the Dolphins.

“The Dolphins believed in me,” Vernon said. “The funny thing was, just before I got picked, my mom hugged me and said ‘I hope you don’t go anywhere.’ I had no control over it. But then it all fell into place. My mom has been at every game I’ve ever played going back to soccer. She’s my No. 1 fan.”

Lascelles Vernon is known for his tailgate spread, something his son gets to partake in once his day is done. On Sunday, however, rainstorms rolled through and the party had to move indoors. Olivier celebrated his big game — he also sacked Bradford in the second — by polishing off a few of his dad’s famous chicken breast sliders.

The pride Lascelles Vernon has in his son is evident. Being able to watch his son play in the NFL not far from his childhood home is special to the entire family.

“I would have liked for him to go somewhere away from home to experience something else, but I’m real happy the Dolphins chose my son,” the elder Vernon said. “I’m happy to have him home. This has been good for him and I’m happy for him. He’s a self-made man. I may be the proudest father in South Florida right now.”


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Miami Dolphins put Lamar Miller on ice again

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DAVIE - Lamar Miller thought last Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams would be his opportunity to showcase his growth, but the Miami Dolphins kept the rookie tailback on ice for another week.

With Daniel Thomas sidelined by a concussion it was expected that the former University of Miami standout would spell Reggie Bush for a couple of series.

But the Dolphins’ fourth-round pick, whose 5.5 yards per carry average leads the team, only played in four offensive snaps against the Rams, and one of them was whipped away because of a penalty.

Miller didn't get one carry in the Dolphins' 17-14 win, but Miami's coaches have a good excuse for those who think Miller could have helped the Dolphins gain more than 19 rushing yards on 18 carries.

"Usually we are up in the 70 [plays], so I don’t think that Reggie ever got gassed enough to get another back in there enough," coach Joe Philbin said. "That’s probably what happened.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said the offense was limited to 48 plays.

“We never really established our running game, so we didn’t really get anybody off to give Reggie (Bush) a rest necessarily,” Sherman said. “It was nothing specific that I can speak of, other than a result of not a great offensive day and not a lot of snaps…..I don’t lack confidence in his ability to [pass block]. That’s not a reason why he didn’t play the other day.”

With Bush nursing a left knee sprain, and Daniel Thomas still recovering from his concussion, its likely that the Dolphins will give Miller an opportunity to showcase himself during the bye week.

We'll see if that means more snaps in coming games.


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Lamar Miller played just 4 snaps vs. Rams

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With Daniel Thomas (concussion) out of the lineup, Lamar Miller played just four snaps versus the Rams in Week 6.

The Dolphins played just 55 snaps and never established the ground attack. "Usually we are up in the 70 [plays], so I don't think that Reggie (Bush) ever got gassed enough to get another back in there enough," coach Joe Philbin explained. "That's probably what happened." Miller can be dropped in 12-team leagues entering Miami's bye week.


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Lamar Miller must show mastery of Joe Philbin's offense

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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.”


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Lamar Miller waits for his moment

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DAVIE— Lamar Miller's waiting for his time, using the same patience required to seek and hit the right hole on a successful running play.

The Miami Dolphins rookie tailback has had some success carrying the pigskin in the three games he's played on offense so far, gaining 126 rushing yards and averaging a team-leading 5.5 yards per carry on 23 attempts.

But the opportunities have been sparse early because he's third on the depth chart, and admittedly rough around the edges.

But Miller thinks Sunday's home game against the St. Louis Rams (3-2) might provide an opening, an opportunity to showcase himself seeing as how Reggie Bush is battling a sore left knee he admits has impacted his performance, and Daniel Thomas is sidelined by a concussion.

The former University of Miami standout intends to seize the day, and show the coaches he's addressed the shortcomings in his game.

"I've got to continue to know my opponent better, watch more film and learn what I need to work on to get better in practice," Miller said. "I'm working on being more physical running the ball, and in pass protection. I've got to hit the holes and stop dancing with the rock.

"Sometimes I'm too patient," said Miller, whom numerous teammates praise based on what they've seen from practices, and his few in-game opportunities. "This is a fast league. I'm not going to run away from everybody. I've got to hit it and get positive yards."

Last week offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said at some point later this season he plans to settle into a rotation of two tailbacks, which would leave someone out of the mix if injuries don't become a factor. That means this could be Miller's opportunity to prove he's a suitable pass blocker.

Bush, a six-year veteran who also struggles with pass blocking, said the key for Miller is to "play fast mentally" when it comes to his blocking assignments.
"I think Lamar does a great job in pass protection. I think that's one of his strong suits," Bush said. "I think the most important thing for him is fundamentally being in the right place. 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."

Coach Joe Philbin, who has established a reputation for being candid about his players, stressed that Miller's played well in his opportunities. But he also pointed out there's more to the tailback position than running with the ball.

"I think the running part come naturally to him," Philbin said. "Before you put a running back in the game, [lining] him up in the backfield, you have to make sure his pass protection responsibilities are taken care of. That's probably as important as anything else."

He'll likely get that chance against the Rams, and can't afford to miss on a block like the one he whiffed on against the Raiders, which got Ryan Tannehill hit.
Bush, who leads the team with 417 rushing yards and three touchdowns, hurt his left knee during the Sept. 23 overtime loss to the New York Jets and had his participation in Thursday's practice limited.

He's started every game since, gaining 115 rushing yards on 35 carries, but openly admits he's not 100 percent.

"100 percent? I don't even know what that is any more. As far as being 100 percent from, I guess, from a health stand point, no. That's part of this league. You learn to play with injuries and some of the great players who've played in this league [and] played this game have learned to play well with injuries," Bush said.
"If I'm out there, I'm doing my best regardless of if I have little injuries here or there."

But if Bush isn't getting the job done the Dolphins might make it Miller time.

"I have a lot of room for improvement as a player and if I get more physical in pass protection I'll be out there," Miller said. "I know my assignment I've just got to get better at being more physical."


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Lamar Miller Practicing Well

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"He's ready to play and he's practiced well," Coach Joe Philbin said of Lamar Miller. "If he's called upon he'll be fine."




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Lamar Miller in the doghouse

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Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller didn't play in a single offensive snap in Week 5, but he could be used more often with RB Daniel Thomas (concussion) leaving the game with his second concussion in five weeks. The team hasn't been happy with Miller's awareness on the field so far, though, and his pass blocking hasn't been good.


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Lamar Miller makes early good impression with Dolphins

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PHOENIX — Running with the football has always come easy to Dolphins rookie running back Lamar Miller. Even at the NFL level he’s having immediate success, with 119 yards on just 13 carries (5.9 average) this season, with a touchdown and another 22-yard run to his credit.

The Dolphins made him inactive for the season opener, but Miller played well enough to earn carries in a crowded backfield the past two games. Miller should continue to make a bigger impact today against the Cardinals, especially with Reggie Bush not 100 percent with a knee injury.

“That’s what I expected of him. He’s very talented,” said defensive end Olivier Vernon, a fellow rookie and former teammate at the University of Miami. “Every time I see him, he’s running full speed everywhere. He’s a horse, man. He never gets tired.”

Miller’s performance through two games has his old coaches and teammates with the Hurricanes buzzing with excitement.

“It seems like he’s got his burst, and he’s getting the edge in the NFL, which is really hard to do,” Hurricanes coach Al Golden said. “He’s not a guy who left with 40 starts and X amount of carries. His odometer is down, and if he stays healthy, his trend is going to be positive.”

But as Miller also is quickly learning, there’s more to playing running back in the NFL than just carrying the football. He rushed for 1,918 yards and 15 touchdowns in two seasons with the Hurricanes but caught just 15 total passes and almost always came out on third down, so he never had to worry about pass protection.

Now the playbook is thicker, the audibles at the line of scrimmage are more complex and the Dolphins want him to be a complete player, including a contributor on special teams. All of the closest people around Miller – running backs coach Jeff Nixon and teammates Bush and Daniel Thomas – work with him daily to help him improve.

“Just letting me know where I’m supposed to be at all times and just trying to get (me to be) more physical in pass protection,” said Miller, born and raised in Miami and a former star at Killian High. “You have a lot of responsibility at this level.”

Miller, like most rookies, is a work in progress. He’s still learning how to dance less in the backfield and hit the holes harder. Coach Joe Philbin told Miller this week he needs to get more yards when running near the sideline instead of heading out of bounds.

Miller had an effective 48 yards on nine carries in last week’s loss to the Jets but also missed one of Ryan Tannehill’s audible calls and ran the wrong way on a handoff, forcing Tannehill to scramble for a 3-yard loss.

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman not-so-subtly reminded Miller this week that “he’s now being paid to play football, and it’s inexcusable to make those type of mistakes.” Miller didn’t need to be told.

“That was my rookie mistake,” said Miller, 21. “It happened so fast, and I just went the wrong way. I know it’s something I’ve got to get better at.”

But there’s no question that the Dolphins are impressed with Miller’s running ability, the main reason they traded up to the 97th overall pick to select him in April’s draft. Philbin said Miller’s gaffe last week won’t affect his playing time and said he’s “showing some real positive qualities.” Bush said he’s been impressed with Miller’s toughness.

“I think he had an adjustment period, as we all do when we’re rookies,” Bush said. “But I think he’s doing a great job now at finishing plays, finishing runs, and I think you saw in the last game that he made some really good runs for us.”

Sherman said his playcalling didn’t change much last week when Thomas and Miller replaced Bush in the second half.

“We expect those guys to step in and do certain things,” Sherman said. “Obviously, the young guys aren’t quite at Reggie’s level, but as far as playcalling, it didn’t affect it whatsoever.”

Sherman also has been impressed with Miller’s attitude.

“He’s a very smart football player, takes the coaching real well,” Sherman said. “He wants to be great and he wants you to tell him how he can get there. He’s been very receptive.”


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Lamar Miller Needs To Improve On Boundary

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A team-provided transcript of Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin's news conference on Wednesday:

(On what five different running backs scoring touchdowns this season says about the depth of the position) -  “That’s a stat that you pulled out on me. It’s a new one that I wasn’t really aware of, but yeah I think it’s a deep position. I think we have guys that are capable of running the football there is no doubt about it. I like the guys that we have; hopefully they can continue to get better and develop and make some big plays. I told Lamar Miller on the field today to do a better job next time he gets to the boundary or near the boundary to get some more yards and things along those lines. So it’s a good group of guys. They have a long way to go, but I think they’re a good hardworking group and they’ve made a nice contribution so far.”


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Lamar Miller: Dolphins will decide No. 2 back by game plan

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Coach Joe Philbin said Monday that the Dolphins will decide on a No. 2 running back based on game plan moving forward.

Both Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas received four carries in Week 4. Miller is a better runner, but can't pass block and Thomas can. "It’s by game plan more," Philbin explained of the No. 2 running back rotation. "We have confidence in both of those guys. Both have skill. Both do some very good things."


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Lamar Miller rushes 4 times in Week 4

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Dolphins rookie RB Lamar Miller rushed four times for 13 yards in Week 4 against the Cardinals.

Miller saw the same number of carries as Daniel Thomas, suggesting the Fins would turn to an even timeshare if Reggie Bush ever got hurt again. Bush looked healthy against the Cardinals, getting the start and rushing 17 times.


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Lamar Miller "still doesn't know the playbook"

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Rookie RB Lamar Miller "still doesn't know the playbook well" and is "raw as a pass blocker," according to the Palm Beach Post. Miller rushed nine times for 48 yards (5.3 average) with a 22-yard run but was the reason for a busted play on Sunday.

Miller is clearly a better pure runner than Daniel Thomas. But he doesn't have the trust of the coaches yet and therefore the two figure to share the load while Reggie Bush (knee) is sidelined. We still prefer Miller as the better fantasy play. He actually has the burst and speed to do damage when he does get touches.


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Lamar Miller without a fourth-quarter carry

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Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller got all of his 48 rushing yards on nine third-quarter carries in Week 3. He did not receive a carry in the fourth quarter as the team opted with RB Daniel Thomas, even though he had a fumble. 'We wanted to give Lamar an opportunity once we thought Reggie couldn't play effectively,' head coach Joe Philbin said. 'We have two guys, we think a lot of both and we think they're both capable of playing. Some of it was dictated by situation, but some of it was spreading the carries around.'


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Lamar Miller to stay active in Week 3?

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The Miami Herald suggests that Lamar Miller has a chance to stay active this week even though Daniel Thomas (concussion) has been cleared.
Miller was extremely impressive in NFL debut last week, shredding the Raiders for 65 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries. The problem is that Miller can't play on third downs because the coaches don't trust him in protection. We still suspect Thomas has the edge on backup duties here.


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Solid debut for rookie Lamar Miller

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MIAMI GARDENS --— It was perhaps the lone mistake for the rookie making his debut.

When Dolphins running back Lamar Miller missed a blocking assignment in the first half, tackle Jake Long was there to let him know. It led to quarterback Ryan Tannehill taking a shot in the back from Oakland Raiders defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.

The play was the only mishap for Miller, who rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in his first action.

"Jake just told me to get it the next time," Miller said. "He was just letting me know."

Miller, who played at the University of Miami, was a solid complement to Reggie Bush. Miller was playing in place of the injured Daniel Thomas, who is out with a concussion. The Dolphins learned they can count on their fourth-round draft pick.

"He did a great job out there today in his first real game," Bush said. "I thought he looked good. He did a great job running the ball toward the end of the half and wearing them down, getting first downs."

Miller scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 15-yard run that put the Dolphins ahead 35-13. He said the end zone had a familiar feel, with his college team also playing at Sun Life Stadium.

"I was just happy to get my first NFL touchdown," Miller said. "It didn't matter where I got it."


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Lamar Miller might make NFL debut Sunday

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MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas sat out practice for the second day in a row Thursday because of a concussion, increasing the likelihood Lamar Miller will make his NFL debut Sunday against Oakland.

Thomas, the backup to starter Reggie Bush, was hurt in the second quarter of Sunday's season-opening loss at Houston.

Miller traveled with the team but was inactive. He ran for 1,272 yards last year for the Miami Hurricanes, and the Miami native said he looks forward to returning to Sun Life Stadium, this time as a pro.

''It's a great feeling,'' he said. ''I've been playing there for three years. It's just a blessing. A lot of people don't get this opportunity. I'm just trying to take full advantage.''

Also missing practice were receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring) and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (knee).

The Dolphins are looking for more productivity from their No. 2 running back. As a rookie last year, Thomas averaged only 3.5 yards per carry in that role, and didn't score in 165 attempts.

Miller averaged 5.7 yards per carry with the Hurricanes and scored 17 touchdowns in 23 games. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Dolphins.
''Obviously Lamar Miller we drafted for a reason,'' coach Joe Philbin said. ''We think highly of him. We think he's going to be a good player in this league.''

Miller said Bush, a 1,000-yard rusher last year, has been a helpful mentor.

''He has taken me under his wings,'' Miller said. ''Reggie has been helping me a lot with pass protection and the playbook and studying my opponents.''
Miller was the team's busiest running back during the exhibition season. He rushed for 91 yards in 30 carries and caught seven passes for 56 yards.
He said he's ready for a chance in a game that counts, and Bush agreed.

''I think it's time,'' Bush said. ''If he gets his shot he'll do fine.''

Regardless of who carries, the Dolphins hope to run the ball more than last week. They averaged 4.2 yards per carry against Houston but abandoned the ground game after falling behind 24-3 in the first half.


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Lamar Miller averages 3 YPC in preseason

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Dolphins rookie RB Lamar Miller finished the preseason with 91 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries (3.0 YPC), to go with seven catches for 56 yards.

Miller appears to have sewn up the Dolphins' third tailback job, although he's still raw and working out kinks in the running game. He has flashed terrific straight-line speed in August, but has required effective run blocking to find room. Miller would come on the fantasy radar if Reggie Bush were to go down. The rookie would figure to share carries with Daniel Thomas.


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Lamar Miller trying to find his place with Dolphins

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DAVIE, Fla. — Four weeks into Dolphins training camp, this much has been learned about Lamar Miller: He’s not a very good singer, but he does a great job fetching snacks for the veterans.

As for what kind of NFL running back Miller might be, the jury is still out.

At 21, the rookie is the Dolphins’ youngest player. He left the University of Miami with two years of eligibility remaining (he redshirted one season and played two) and was taken in the fourth round of April’s draft. Many believe Miller should have stuck around with the Hurricanes at least one more year.

So far, Miller hasn’t torn it up. In two Miami preseason games, he’s carried eight times for 15 yards, and coach Joe Philbin hardly has been impressed with his pass blocking.

“There’s no regrets at all,’’ Miller said of leaving school early. “I felt that I made the right decision for me, myself and my family. So I just got to make the most of it and take advantage of my opportunity. But there’s no regrets at all.’’

As for the singing part, during the Dolphins’ recent Rookie Talent Show, Miller and a pair of rookie fullbacks, Jorvorskie Lane and Jerome Messam, performed a rendition of The Isley Brothers’ 2001 hit “Contagious.’’ What apparently wasn’t contagious was anybody wanting to hear Miller sing again.

“Singing is not his forte,’’ said Dolphins veteran running back Steve Slaton. “I’ll leave it at that.’’

But Slaton said Miller is doing a good job with some of his rookie chores. They include fetching snacks for veteran running backs to eat during meetings.

Slaton and star runner Reggie Bush are the two taskmasters when it comes to Miller’s duties. Bush also has found time to take Miller under wing.

“He’s eager to learn,’’ said Bush, a seven-year veteran. “Obviously, as a rookie you get all different types of guys. You never know what you can get. He’s eager to learn. He obviously loves the game of football. He’s passionate about it. That’s the most you can ask for, especially from a guy who’s been in the league for a while and feels like you can offer advice here and there. Sometimes, you get the rookies that don’t want to listen and they don’t really care.’’

Not Miller. The Miami native has displayed a willingness to get better.

It remains to be seen how that might translate into helping the Dolphins this season. With Bush, Daniel Thomas and Slaton all ahead of him on the depth chart, Miller could be relegated to kickoff return and other special teams duties.

“I’m just taking it game by game, just trying to do my best,’’ Miller said. “The speed of the game is just something I have to adjust to.’’

Philbin said Miller needs to “have a level of competency in pass protection’’ before there is confidence in lining him up in the backfield. Overall, though, Philbin is seeing some good signs.

“He’s making progress there as a pass protector,’’ Philbin said. “He has good athletic ability, he can bend his knees, and he hasn’t been bashful in terms of going to his blitz responsibility …. He certainly hasn’t been perfect in pass protection, but his awareness has been good and his willingness has been good. He has very good feet and he has good speed and he catches the ball extremely well. He has a lot of skill.”

Miller had enough to rush for 1,272 yards last season with the Hurricanes, becoming their first 1,000-year back since Willis McGahee in 2002.

When Miller was considering leaving school early, he said he was projected as a second-round pick. But that didn’t happen, as Miller slipped to the No. 97 overall pick in the fourth round.

“It just made me more hungry,’’ said Miller, who played at Miami’s Killian High School. “It just made me want to go out every day and just compete and just be better as a player …. But it’s a blessing just playing for the Miami Dolphins and playing in my own backyard.”

In his first Dolphins game at Sun Life Stadium, the field where he had five of his seven 100-yard games last season with the Hurricanes, Miller had a forgettable five carries for four yards in an Aug. 10 preseason loss to Tampa Bay (he did catch two passes for 16 yards). He ran better in last Friday's loss at Carolina, getting 11 yards on three carries.

But the Dolphins are looking at Miller, who is more than six months younger than the team’s second-youngest player, as a project. If he indeed should have been drafted higher, he could end up being a steal.

“I could definitely say that,’’ said Slaton, referring to a draft in which seven running backs were taken ahead of Miller. “If he could have gone in a different (draft class), he would have gone a lot earlier.’’

But one thing Slaton definitely is not saying is that Miller is much of a singer.


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Lamar Miller doing well in protection

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Dolphins OC Mike Sherman says rookie RB Lamar Miller has been "excellent" in pass protection.

It's an interesting comment because Miller was thought to be exceptionally raw as a pass protector after contributing little in the passing game in college. Sherman tempered his praise, however, by saying Miller has been "dancing (too much) in the hole instead of one step, cut and go." Miller could put heat on No. 2 back Daniel Thomas with a strong preseason, but is fourth on the depth chart also behind Steve Slaton until further notice.


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Lamar Miller Gets First Team Reps

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It was interesting to see rookie Lamar Miller get first-team snaps today. If you're a loyal reader of this blog or my columns, you know I really liked the Miller draft selection by Miami. Well, today he got the repetitions with the first team in team drills at the end of practice.

He didn't do antyhing in those eight plays but did a nice job with the second-team on Inside-the-30 work earlier in practice when he took a pitch and went around right end for 10 yards. A defender had the angle on him and he simply outran him to the edge. A safety was the only player between Miller and a TD.

Miller's speed has made him a candidate for kick and punt return duties since camp began. He's running second- or third-team on kick returns today (depending on the day) behind Steve Slaton with Marcus Thigpen also getting second-team work.

Here's what Miller thinks of his status:



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Lamar Miller & Olivier Vernon Make Strong Early Impressions

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Former Hurricanes Lamar Miller and Olivier Vernon have made strong early impressions on Dolphins teammates. “Lamar’s burst is unreal,” cornerback Sean Smith said. “Every day he’s had at least one 15, 20 yard-run. The guy has great vision.”

Vernon has had at least two sacks in training camp, and Cam Wake said there’s no dropoff when he replaces a veteran: “I’m really excited [about him]. He has a lot of spunk.”

Said defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers (father of the UM safety): “Oliver has a long way to go technique-wise, but he plays with the right temperament.”


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Lamar Miller cleared for contact, impresses Dolphins teammates

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Lamar Miller spent most of the offseason wrapped in imaginary bubble wrap, protected from contact.

The former University of Miami standout the Miami Dolphins traded up to select in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL draft saw his draft stock plummet because of a shoulder injury he played his junior season with, and one that wasn’t fully healed during this summer's OTA work.

During the offseason program Miller's participation was limited because of his shoulder issues. Sunday was the team’s first day working in full pads during training camp, and that meant it was the first time Miller tested his surgically repaired shoulder.

“I wasn’t nervous at all. This is football,” said Miller, who rushed for 1,918 yards and scored 16 touchdowns in his two seasons of playing at Miami. “I got cleared [for contract] by the doctor a month ago. I’ve been good about the rehab and it just keeps getting better every day.”

The Dolphins hope Miller's play does the same thing considering they envision him as the team's top kickoff returner, and a change of pace back who shares the backfield with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas.

Since joining the team Miller has been one of playmakers the team’s most excited about because of his breakaway speed. Center Mike Pouncey labels Miller the team’s most exciting player to watch because of his knack for finding open running lanes.

"Lamar Miller has great vision for a running back,” said cornerback Sean Smith. “Every day he (breaks) at least one (good run).”


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Lamar Miller Will Help Dolphins This Season

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Lamar Miller often has turned the corner on running plays to the sidelines and flashed electric open-field skills as a receiver. “Lamar is very shifty, and you see that with him running routes,” Reggie Bush said. “He’ll learn quickly. He’ll definitely be able to help us this year. He can be a huge addition.”



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Lamar Miller "showed explosive change-of-direction ability"

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Rookie RB Lamar Miller "showed explosive change-of-direction ability" in OTAs.

The Sporting News expects Miller, the fastest running back in the draft, to contribute on third downs and perhaps as a slot receiver this season. But his real chance could come in 2013, as Reggie Bush's contract is up after this year. Miller would likely need an injury to Bush or Daniel Thomas to show up on the redraft radar as a rookie.


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UM Coach Golden: Dolphins Got First-Rounders

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During the 2012 draft, the Dolphins decided to tap the South Florida pipeline, selecting University of Miami teammates Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller, both of whom grew up in Miami.

Hurricanes head coach Al Golden recently joined The Finsiders to talk about Vernon and Miller and his team’s prospects heading into the 2012 season.

Though he only coached Vernon and Miller for one season, Golden clearly came away impressed with the pair.

“When you get into the 13 and 14 years (down the road), I think the Miami Dolphins and Jeff Ireland will look back and say they got three first-rounders in this draft,” Golden said. “I really believe that. Both guys are really developing, they’re incredible players, incredibly talented. I think they’re only going to get better; they’ve got so much in front of them right now.”

Prior to April’s draft,  it had been nearly a decade since the Dolphins had selected a Hurricane–offensive tackle Vernon Carey in 2004. Many wondered, especially with so many Hurricanes thriving for the better part of the last decade, why the local NFL franchise had bypassed what could potentially be a de facto feeder system.

You, of course, don’t want to draft a local player for the sake of drafting one, but if a Hurricane succeeds with the Dolphins, it can be a big boost for both teams.

Golden feels that the reach of the mutually beneficial relationship extends past those who are directly involved, also affecting what he referred to as one of the “meccas” of high school football.

“It’s vital that we have that relationship,” Golden said. “It’s not just about the Dolphins or about the Hurricanes; it’s about the vitality of football in South Florida and making sure that stays strong and that the next generation can continue to grow and be just as good as the previous generations have been.

“I know these things go in cycles, and I know both the Dolphins and the Hurricanes are going to be back here very soon.”

Recruiting top-end talent can be both a blessing and a curse for a college coach. Sure, in the moment, it’s a necessity. To compete with the other powerhouse programs, you need to bring in potential pro prospects. If too many players begin to leave early, however, it can hurt continuity, forcing coaches to lean on freshmen and sophomores.

In a sense, though, it all ends up coming back full circle. Young players want to go to schools that churn out NFL players, and historically, arguably nobody has done that better than the University of Miami.

“Once a kid makes a decision, they have our support,” Golden said. “These two young men, I think Dolphins fans are going to be really excited about moving forward. Not just how they play but how they conduct themselves in the community. I think incredible value for the franchise in rounds three and four. From what I hear, management feels the same way.”


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Stephen Ross Talks About Lamar Miller

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Owner of the Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross wasn't guarded with praise for former University of Miami tailback Lamar Miller, whom the team traded up for in the fourth round.

"Lamar Miller is an unbelievable steal in the fourth round. We had his so much higher," Ross said. "[He dropped] probably because of his shoulder [issues]. We're excited about him."


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Details of Lamar Miller's Contract Revealed

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The Miami Dolphins have signed fourth-round University of Miami running back Lamar Miller to a four-year, $2.58 million contract.

The deal includes base salaries of $390,000, $480,000, $570,000 and $660,000.

Miller rushed for 1,918 career yards for the Hurricanes.

The Dolphins traded up to acquire the former Miami standout, parting with a pair of sixth-round draft selections.

The Dolphins have three draft picks who have yet to sign their rookie deals: first-round quarterback Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), third-round defensive end Oliver Vernon (Miami) and third-round tight end Michael Egnew (Missouri).


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Lamar Miller expected to be ready for camp

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The player rep for Dolphins rookie RB Lamar Miller (shoulder surgery) expects him to be cleared for contact before training camp.

Miller himself said he was "coming along pretty good" earlier this month, and fully expects to be ready for camp. Miller underwent surgery in December, but has been able to run for months. Barring a setback, the injury shouldn't be a concern for the Dolphins' third-string back as a rookie.


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Lamar Miller's time to impress Dolphins is now

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DAVIE— The slick moves of Lamar Miller have stirred the imaginations of some inside the fences of the Miami Dolphins' guarded training facility.

The first tangible evidence Miller had something to offer the NFL came last week whenever he clutched the football in open space, weaving through NFL defenders for the first time.

The next chance is this morning, when the Dolphins continue organized training activities for the second straight week.

Even an untrained pair of eyes could recognize the running back's speed as Miller would prance up field, often with a powerful kick.

The Dolphins' new coaching staff sees plenty of opportunity for their fourth-round draft pick out of the University of Miami, if he can overcome durability concerns.

Most concerning is a surgically repaired shoulder. He suffered the injury Sept. 24 in a 28-24 loss against Kansas State but did not miss any games.

Miller's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told "The Joe Rose Show" on 560-WQAM last week Miller has not fully recovered.

"Remember, the shoulder was the primary reason he was drafted really two rounds later than what we had anticipated," Rosenhaus said. "There was a lot of concern around the league with the shoulder. Fortunately, he hasn't had any setbacks. It's healing up really nicely. He's able to go out there and do pretty much everything anyone else is doing right now. But would he be cleared for pads right now? No. Will he be come training camp? Definitely."

If Miller continues to progress without any setbacks, he could become a significant contributor in a utility role. He captured the attention of many at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine in February, where he posted a 4.40 40-yard dash — fastest among running backs and tied for eighth best among all position players.

"He's got dynamic speed," Hurricanes coach Al Golden said last week. "He's got a great lateral cut that he can do at full speed, which is unique. ... He was exceptional at running outside scheme runs and outside zone plays because of his ability to either capture the corner or stick a foot in the ground and get positive yards. And clearly he's got the size and the lower musculature to be a powerful back as well."

Miller (5 feet 10, 212 pounds) left the Hurricanes following his redshirt sophomore season. In two seasons, he played in 23 career games with 335 carries for 1,918 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 28 catches for 181 yards, including a highlight worthy touchdown reception in a 38-35 loss at Virginia Tech on Oct. 8.

"He's got real good hands," Golden said. "He's a guy that you can deploy in other areas to catch slants or to run verticals or to get the matchup versus an outside linebacker that you're looking for."

Beyond running back, Miller could line up in the slot as a wide receiver, offering an opportunity to take advantage of mismatches with linebackers and offer openings to use his feet. He also is being looked at in kickoff returns and punt returns.

"Lamar is a very fluid player," said Dolphins first-year coach Joe Philbin. "I think he has multiple skills. I don't think that he is just a runner. I think he is a guy that can catch the football and move him around."

Miller, 21, was a Parade All-American out of Miami Killian. He has the unique opportunity to play high school, college and professional football in his backyard, where he can continue to share the experience with close family and friends.

A successful start in the NFL will very likely hinge on his healing shoulder.

"I'm certain that he's not 100 percent," Golden said. "So all of the positive feedback that we're getting from the Miami OTAs and practices is awesome because that means he's ahead of schedule. If they like him now, they're gonna love him when he is actually 100 percent."


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Lamar Miller and Olivier Vernon turning heads with Miami Dolphins

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There’s an appropriate quality to the jersey numbers selected for rookie camp by the Dolphins’ 2012 draft picks from the University of Miami.

Running back Lamar Miller wears No. 44 on his jersey, double the No. 22 worn by Reggie Bush.

Defensive end Olivier Vernon wears jersey No. 50, 0.5 off of half of No. 99, retired Dolphin Jason Taylor’s number.

What Bush and Taylor share is what the Dolphins want from Miller and Vernon: a propensity for obvious, pivotal, huge plays.

“They have some natural snaps and some natural pop in their bodies, some natural quickness or twitch, whatever word you want to use to describe their movement,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “I think they have that acceleration, that quickness off the football.”

When coaches talk about “fast-twitch” players, they’re not talking about guys who move the chains. They’re talking about guys who move the scoreboard.

Miller certainly looks like that when he is hitting the edge or sprinting downfield in practice. Of course, there’s the caveat: it’s shorts in spring. Nobody has run a play at NFL speed or taken an NFL hit. Remember Lorenzo Booker, 2007 third-round pick out of Florida State? He looked like Reggie Bush in the spring, yet might as well have been a rose bush come the autumn.

Expect Miller to be used everywhere the Dolphins can find a place to get him the ball in space, including punt returns.

“Lamar is a very fluid player,” Philbin said. “I think he has multiple skills, I don’t think that he is just a runner, I think he is a guy that can catch the football, and [we will] move him around.”

Said Bush of Miller: “He seems like he’s eager to get out there and learn. He’s listened to some of the guys, he’s getting the plays down pretty well at a fast rate. He’s obviously a smart kid.”

Smart enough to know the first improvement he needed to make in his game was to be “more physical in my pass protection, just knowing where I’m supposed to be at all times. Not making little mistakes, holding onto the ball, catching the ball.”

With a new offense that takes small, quick bites at the pace of John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, two full tiers of skill position players easily could see significant playing time.

“No huddle. Up-tempo, fast-paced offense,” Bush said. “That means our conditioning will have to be high. We’ll run a lot of plays in real games. That’s something we’ve got to prepare for.”

As for Vernon, “[Olivier], we liked his physical toughness coming out, we liked his energy, we liked his motor that he played with, and he is a young guy that we think is going to get better,” Philbin said.

Vernon’s rawness isn’t as much physical as mental.

“I’ve got to learn football,” Vernon said. “I’m still in the learning process. I don’t know that much about football. I’m still fresh and new at it.

“I started playing football when I got to high school,” he explained. “And all I was playing was defensive end. So when I got over here, learning formations and personnel [groupings] like that, I never had to learn that before. Now, it’s getting a little easier.”


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Lamar Miller could see time in slot

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The Miami Herald believes RB Lamar Miller could see time in the slot this season.

Coach Joe Philbin has already hinted Miller could see time at receiver, and with 4.4 speed to go along with his 5-foot-11, 212 frame, he'd be an intriguing option in the slot. The Dolphins already have a log-jam of slot-type receivers, however, so it's doubtful Miller will be in for any sort of meaningful role as a wideout.


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Lamar Miller & Olivier Vernon Signing At Hollywood Collectibles

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New Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller and line back Olivier Vernon will be present at a public signing on June 9th, 2012, at the Hollywood Collectibles sports memorabilia store in Hollywood, Florida. A former University of Miami running back, Miller is one of only three UM players to have been drafted into the Dolphins since 2004. Vernon ended an drought of 8 years without the Dolphins picking a Cane. Come meet and talk with Vernon on June 9th from 11:30am to 1:00pm! Come meet and talk with Miller and Vernon on June 9th from 11:30am to 1:00pm!

Lamar Miller Public Signing

Brand new Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller will be present at a public signing on June 9th, 2012 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Hollywood Collectibles sports memorabilia store in Hollywood, Florida.

Drafted into the Miami franchise on April 28th, Miller is a former University of Miami running back. Miller served as the UM starting running back during the 2011 season, during which he became the first UM running back since Willis McGahee in 2002 to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.

Miller is one of only two players from UM that were drafted into the Dolphins this year, the other player being defensive end Olivier Vernon. Prior to Miller and Vernon, no Cane had been drafted into the Dolphins since Vernon Carey in 2004.

Olivier Vernon Public Signing

Brand new Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon will be present at a public signing on June 9th, 2012 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Hollywood Collectibles sports memorabilia store in Hollywood, Florida.

Vernon is one of only two players from UM that were drafted into the Dolphins this year, the other player being running back Lamar Miller. Prior to Vernon and Miller, no Cane had been drafted into the Dolphins since Vernon Carey in 2004.

Want a Lamar Miller Autograph?

The signing will be open to the general public and attendance will be free of charge. If you would like to have collectible items signed by Miller, the prices are as follows:

Flats - $25.00

Equipment - $30.00

Inscription - $10.00

Olivier Vernon, mentioned above, will also be present at this signing, with the following signing prices:

Flats - $20.00

Equipment - $25.00

Inscriptions - $5.00

Hollywood Collectibles is located at:
3311 Sheridan St
Hollywood, Fl 33021

Want more information about this signing? Contact a representative from Hollywood Collectibles by phone at (800) 844-7735 or by email at altman@hollywoodcollectibles.com


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Lamar Miller could see time at receiver

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Dolphins coach Joe Philbin believes No. 97 pick RB/KR Lamar Miller could eventually see time at receiver.

"I'm not saying make a full position change, but I think there's some flexibility with what you can do with the guy," Philbin said. Miller caught just 28 career passes in college, but buried behind Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas on the depth chart, the Dolphins appear ready to get creative in finding ways to get Miller's 4.40 40 speed on the field. Recovering from December shoulder surgery, Miller says he's "coming along pretty good," and expects to be cleared for contact before camp.


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Lamar Miller Still Not 100% Healthy

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A lot of Dolphins fans are intrigued about fourth-round pick Lamar Miller from the University of Miami. He is considered one of the sleeper picks in this draft, whose stock fell because of a recent shoulder injury. The rookie tailback says he's getting healthy. He ran without limitation during team drills. "I felt pretty good to just come out here to compete," Miller said. "I’m showing the coaches what I can bring to the team, whether it's special teams or the offensive side of the ball."


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Photos: proCanes Lamar Miller, Jacory Harris and Olivier Vernon at Miami Dolphins Rookie Camp

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Lamar Miller in His New Dolphins Attire

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Decision by proCanes underclassmen to enter NFL Draft may have cost them a lot of money

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CORAL GABLES — Tommy Streeter appears to have made a $2 million mistake.

The University of Miami's leading receiver last year, Streeter - along with four other teammates - opted out of his final season of eligibility in December to enter the NFL Draft.

Some draft analysts graded the 6-foot-5, 219-pound Streeter as a second-round pick, not surprising since he impressed teams at the NFL Combine in February by running 40 yards in 4.4 seconds, the eighth-fastest clocking.

But by the time the NFL Draft arrived last Thursday, Streeter's stock was tumbling. Questions regarding his route-running and a "one-year wonder" label seemed to overshadow his rare combination of size and speed.

Instead of the second round, Streeter was left hanging until the Baltimore Ravens took him with the 198th overall pick late in the sixth round.
According to a long-time NFL agent with access to contract information, the average second-round draft choice in 2011 earned $2.2 million in guarantees. A sixth-rounder received an average of $101,000 guaranteed.

"Tommy Streeter should have come back to school," ESPN's Todd McShay said this week. "He knew the risks. I thought he could have used more time."

Streeter wasn't alone. His four other underclassmen teammates, with the possible exception of Dolphins' third-round pick Olivier Vernon, all were selected below where they were projected. In the case of defensive tackle Marcus Forston, he wasn't even drafted.

Lamar Miller may have been an even bigger loser than Streeter. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. included Miller in first-round mock drafts into February and most analysts listed the 5-11, 212-pound sprinter as one of the top four running backs in the draft.

But Miller, dogged by concerns about a surgically-repaired shoulder, lasted until the fourth round and 97th overall selection, where the Dolphins traded up for him.

How much money did Miller leave on the table? Judging by last year's rookie contracts, he may have lost millions.

Stanford's Sione Fua, the 97th overall selection in the 2011 draft, signed a four-year contract for $2.6 million. Offensive tackle Derrick Sherrod, the final pick of the first round in 2011, signed a four-year deal for $6.6 million. Sherrod also received a $3.3 million signing bonus compared to a $514,000 bonus for Fua.

So who's to blame?

You can start with the players themselves. Each of the UM quintet chose not to petition the NFL Draft Advisory Board, a committee of general managers and personnel directors who advise underclassmen on their draft status.

"In 15 years of coaching, I've never seen that," UM coach Al Golden said last month. "It's a function of what the young person is listening to."
Which brings us to Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for all five underclassmen.

Rosenhaus declined an interview request for this story. But during his weekly appearance on WQAM this week, Rosenhaus sidestepped a question regarding his clients' choice not to query the NFL Draft Advisory Board and didn't assign himself any responsibility for what, in retrospect, seems like poor decisions by the players to turn pro.


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GM Ireland: RB Lamar Miller should 'come here and learn'

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RB Lamar Miller, the team's fourth-round pick, will likely play KR or PR this year, according to GM Jeff Ireland. “My vision for Lamar is just to come in here and learn and develop.” Miller and QB Ryan Tannehill, the team's first-round pick, are both more about the future than the present.

Miller might have to fast-track his development with RB Reggie Bush being in the final year of his contract. There's a chance Bush stays in Miami. But by moving up to draft Thomas (last year) and Miller (this year), the Dolphins have their eye on the future.


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proCane Draft Round Up

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Olivier Vernon (Junior) was the first proCane drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft going to the Miami Dolphins with the 9th pick of the 3rd Round 72nd pick overall.

Sean Spence (Senior) followed Olivier Vernon by getting picked with the 23rd pick of the 3rd Round and 86th pick overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lamar Miller (Redshirt Sophomore) was then picked in the 4th Round by the Miami Dolphins with the 2nd pick in the 4th round, 97th pick overall.

Travis Benjamin (Senior) was selected by the Cleveland Browns three spots later with the 5 pick in the 4th round, 100 overall.

We then had to wait till the 6th round for Tommy Streeter (Junior) to be selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 198th pick overall, 28th pick in the 6th Round.

Brandon Washington (Junior) followed Streeter by getting picked by the Philadelphia Eagles 2 picks later with the 30th pick in the 6th round, 200th pick overall.

Below are the free agent signing which will be constantly updated:

Chase Ford TE (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Philadelphia Eagles
Marcus Forston DL (Junior) - Undrafted Free Agent - New England Patriots
Micanor Regis DL (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Atlanta Falcons
LaRon Byrd WR (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Arizona Cardinals
Adewale Ojomo DE (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - New York Giants
Jacory Harris QB (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Miami Dolphins (TRYOUT) & Arizona Cardinals (TRYOUT)
Tyler Horn C (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Atlanta Falcons
Aldarius Johnson WR (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -
JoJo Nicolas DB/S (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - New York Giants
Joel Figueroa OL (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Miami Dolphins (TRYOUT)
Lee Chambers DB (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -
Chris Ivory LS (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -
Harland Gunn OL (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Dallas Cowboys
Mike Williams DB (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -
Andrew Smith DE (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -
Jordan Futch LB (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Marcus Robinson DE/LB (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -


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Lamar Miller to return kicks, develop at RB

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The Dolphins view fourth-round pick Lamar Miller as a kick returner and developmental running back.

Once considered a borderline round-one prospect, Miller plummeted down draft boards due to durability and pass-blocking concerns. He does have 4.4 speed despite a 5'11/212 build, however, so the Dolphins will spend the next year or so developing him behind Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, and possibly Steve Slaton. In the short term, he'll be in the mix as a kick returner.


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Dolphins used 2 draft picks on Hurricanes, the first proCanes drafted by Miami since 2004

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DAVIE— A rich blend of ingredients in South Florida has made this region known nationwide for cultivating some of the world's most promising football talent.

Universities burn through stacks of cash so they can flood the area, and mine the high school fields for future stars.

The NFL's no different when it comes to sifting through annual player evaluations to prepare for the draft.

This year, the Miami Dolphins again traveled the country to determine the dimes from the duds.

Turns out two Dolphins draft picks were found relatively close, just 30 miles south at the University of Miami.

For eight years, the Dolphins had plucked their prospects elsewhere.

In the past few days, Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller became the first Hurricanes drafted by the Dolphins since 2004 when they took Vernon Carey with the 19th overall pick.

Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland indicated there is a strengthening bond between the two programs, which could mean more opportunities for some Hurricanes in the future.

"We want to try to create a relationship with the Hurricanes and Al Golden," Ireland said. "He's been very good to me. I respect him very much as a head football coach and I know the way he coaches. I like the way he coaches his players. I believe in his program. I believe in him."

That sparkling endorsement of Golden should be a boost for the man who guided the Hurricanes through a tumultuous 6-6 season in 2011 that followed an NCAA investigation.

Last August, the NCAA suspended eight Hurricanes for taking extra benefits from former Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro. Vernon was one, suspended six games and forced to repay $1,200 in benefits. He said Friday that the suspension kept him from fulfilling his collegiate goals, but that "everything happens for a reason."

Golden was not the head coach when the infractions occurred. Instead, he represents hope for 'Canes fans, who believe he can return the program to prominence.

Golden acknowledged Sunday in an email that working on relationships with NFL teams is not new. When he was Temple University's head coach, Golden worked to repair relations with the Philadelphia Eagles that had soured before his arrival in 2005. He hopes those efforts in turn created a bond of trust between the teams he believes helped at least three Owls earn opportunities with the Eagles.

"Without question we want the same relationship with the Dolphins," Golden wrote. "We try to accommodate their scouts as much as possible and make sure we always keep our players in front of them, especially the less-heralded candidates in the later rounds or in (undrafted free agents). There is great value in this part of the draft annually and our aim is to provide the Dolphins with a distinct home field advantage."

Ireland attended the Hurricanes' pro day in March, then hosted a local prospect workout before the draft. That provided the Dolphins more time to inspect the Hurricanes, which ultimately led to the two picks and possibly more opportunities for UFAs.

Miller (5-10, 212 pounds) is a speedy running back, who was considered a bargain by some as a fourth-round pick. He decided to leave UM early after rushing for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore.

"We look at Lamar Miller as a back that has an opportunity to create explosive plays," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. "...If you looked at our board ... it was hard to ignore the guy."

Vernon (6-2, 261) is a defensive end/outside linebacker, and was a third-round pick by the Dolphins. He should address the Dolphins' pass-rushing needs as they move toward a new 3-4 scheme.

"We had good long talks about each of these players we drafted," Ireland said. "From Al's prospective and my prospective, I think we're just scratching the surface of the ability of the two players from the University of Miami. Obviously, Olivier and Lamar, I think they're two tremendous prospects. The ceiling is endless."

Former 'Canes quarterback Jacory Harris and offensive lineman Joel Figueroa were invited to the rookie minicamp. A strong performance could earn them contract offers.


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Lamar Miller talks about going to the Dolphins

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CORAL GABLES — Former Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller spoke on a conference call shortly after his hometown Miami Dolphins drafted him with the second pick of the fourth round (97th overall) on Saturday. Here’s what Miller had to say:

(On being drafted to the Miami Dolphins) – “It’s a great achievement. To be in Miami and to play for the Miami Dolphins…I really can’t express how I feel right now.”

(On being taken in the fourth round) – “There’s no regret. I just thank God. It’s a blessing to get the opportunity to play in the NFL. To be in my hometown, to get a chance to play for a Super Bowl, that’s always a great thing. I don’t regret anything. I’m just ready to put the team on the map.”

(On playing in Sun Life Stadium) – “I’m very comfortable at the stadium. I’ve been there throughout my University of Miami career. It’s a tough home environment and it’s always a great feeling just being in the locker room…I’m happy with my new teammates and I just want to do what I can to help them to victory.”

(On if he was a Dolphins fan growing up) – “I was a Dolphins fan since it’s my hometown, Miami, Florida. I was always watching the guys on television. Lamar Thomas, players like that, it’s a great feeling just to be able to be in the same shoes as they’ve been, playing for my hometown.”

(On competing with Reggie Bush for playing time) – “I love competing. I’m just ready to go in and just compete and be a leader among my teammates, the other running backs so we can have the best running back combination. I’m just going to compete and play football.”

(On entering the draft early) – “I thought I put myself into a good situation, just putting myself to the next level. I feel I’ve gotten myself into a good situation in getting drafted.”

(On if he’s disappointed at being the 97th overall pick) – “I was upset at first, but now I’m happy with where I’m at. I’m going to make the best of it, play to the best of my ability and concentrate on that.”

(On being the third Hurricane to be drafted) – “I haven’t talked with Olivier [Vernon, DE, third round draft pick]. I’m pretty sure that we’re going to go in and compete and represent the University of Miami by competing to win a role. You just have to have fun, be a little passionate, and get a chance to win it.”

(On if he feels better knowing that the Dolphins traded up to get him) – “I think it was something special. I thought they’d forgotten me. I’m just happy.”

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Lamar Miller doesn't go far

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NEW YORK -- Well, it looks like Florida still has a few football players left.

Lamar Miller got lucky Saturday, as the former Miami Hurricane found out he won't have to move in his new professional home.

"To be in my hometown, to get a chance to play for a Super Bowl, that's always a great thing," Miller told the Associated Press. "I'm just ready to put the team on the map."

The Miami Dolphins traded up to select Miller with the 97th overall pick Saturday, adding some needed explosive ability to their offense. Miller was taken off a lot of draft boards because of his knee, but he is a dynamic player in the open.

"I was upset at first," he said after waiting more than 36 hours to hear his name announced. "But now I'm happy with where I'm at."

Miller could struggle in pass protection and looks more like a situational player, which reminds us of a bigger Reggie Bush. Perhaps Miller will replace Bush in a season or two.


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Two proCanes Projected To Go In the 2nd Round

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45. St. Louis Rams: Lamar Miller, Miami, RB: Steven Jackson is starting to slow down, so the time is right to add an explosive complementary runner to shoulder some of the offensive load.

58. Houston Texans: Tommy Streeter, Miami, WR: The Texans' receiving corps needs a legitimate vertical threat to alleviate some of the pressure on Andre Johnson. Streeter possesses the size and athleticism to create mismatches against one-on-one coverage.


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Todd McShay Predicts 7 proCanes To Be Drafted

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In his seven-round mock draft released Wednesday night, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay projects seven Hurricanes will be chosen. They are Lamar Miller (2nd round, 59th overall to Green Bay), Olivier Vernon (3rd round, 80th overall to Arizona), Sean Spence (4th round, 124th overall to Buffalo), Tommy Streeter (5th round, 154th over New York Jets), Brandon Washington (5th, 159th overall to Pittsburgh), Marcus Forston (6th round, 176th overall to Jacksonville) and Travis Benjamin (6th round, 191st overall to Cincinnati). By comparison, McShay predicts nine players from national champion Alabama will be drafted, although five are projected to go in the first round.


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Lamar Miller talks Miami career, pre-draft process

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Miami's Lamar Miller stopped by ESPN.com earlier Wednesday to chat with fans on the eve of the NFL draft. The running back is a potential second-round pick this weekend. A complete transcript of his conversation is available here.

Some highlights ...
• Tino (Ft Lauderdale): Was the possibility of getting hurt and possibly ending your career your main reason for coming out early?
• Lamar Miller (3:21 PM): Not really. I know that RBs have a short lifespan. I think I put myself in a good position to get drafted. I just wanted to take my talents to the next level and live my dream.

• James (IL): Which nfl team did you root for growing up?
• Lamar Miller (3:23 PM): Growing up, I always rooted for the Cowboys because of Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. Those are some guys I admired.

• Kevin (CT): draft day plans?
• Lamar Miller (3:28 PM): I will be at my mom's house. Some of my friends and family will be over. We'll watch it, play dominoes and cards until I get that phone call.

• Kevin (CT): biggest ACC rivalries with FSU...what are those games like?
• Lamar Miller (3:31 PM): Everybody gets motivated, no matter what the records are. Nobody wants to lose the rivalry game. Everyone brings their A game and brings it to the table.

• Rodrigo (Miami): How does it feel to be the first 1000+ yard rusher at the University of Miami since 2002 when Willis did it? Thanks for making CANES NATION proud
• Lamar Miller (3:32 PM): It was a blessing. That was one of my goals that I put out before the season. I wanted to get 1,000 yards. That was something that I worked hard to get. It was a blessing to be one of the only RBs to do that at Miami.


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Mel Kiper Jr. Says Teams Still Concerned With Lamar Miller

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Kiper Jr. said that “lack of versatility” continues to be the biggest concern about UM running back Lamar Miller.

The redshirt sophomore, who at one point was projected as a first-rounder and the second running back taken behind Trent Richardson, now is regarded as a second or third rounder that Kiper Jr. recently had rated as the fourth-best RB behind Richardson, Oregon’s LaMichael James and Boise State’s Doug Martin.

“At the NFL level, you’ve got to be able to be an accomplished receiver, you’ve got to block and you’ve got to be durable. And I think that’s where Lamar Miller has some questions to answer in that regard,” Kiper Jr. said.

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Todd McShay: As many as nine Miami Hurricanes could get drafted

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CORAL GABLES – ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay said he wouldn't be shocked to see as many as nine former Miami Hurricanes players selected next week, but "a safe bet" is seven.

McShay said on a conference call Tuesday he expects running back Lamar Miller, receivers Tommy Streeter and Travis Benjamin, linebacker Sean Spence, offensive lineman Brandon Washington, defensive tackle Marcus Forston and defensive end Olivier Vernon to be drafted.

He described defensive end Adewale Ojomo and defensive tackle Micanor Regis as "on the fringe," and listed receiver LaRon Byrd and tight end Chase Ford as "sleepers" late in the seven-round draft.

Miller is projected to be the first 'Canes player taken. McShay said on-air Tuesday that Miller would be a "steal" for the Denver Broncos at No. 57. Later, on the conference call, he noted, "Olivier Vernon of all those guys after Miller is most intriguing to me. … I think he's a better player than maybe the perception [of him]."

McShay said the 6-foot-2, 262-pound Vernon can play both end and outside linebacker in the NFL.

"He has some stiffness, there's no question," McShay noted. "He's not a great athlete and his production didn't always match up [to his talent]. And I've heard some things. Is he mature enough?

"But if he his focused and doing all the right things and working and 100 percent dedicated to football, he's well-built, solid, strong, shows some quickness off the line and he has a chance to make an impact as a pass rusher at the next level."

McShay said "there's a strong chance" Streeter will be drafted in the third or fourth round, but he personally would have a hard time drafting him in the first four rounds.

"There's a lot of interest because of his height, weight and speed and certainly he's a great athlete. He has more potential than we've seen him do at Miami," McShay said. "But the tape just doesn't match up with what I see."

McShay said he doubts quarterback Jacory Harris will be drafted at all.

"He showed some flashes this past year. I thought he would be better this past year, but the inconsistency jumps out," McShay said, citing turnovers. He added that there are concerns from NFL teams about Harris' durability because of his relatively thin frame.

"But he has enough arm talent, so it's not to say he won't one day land on a roster if he's able to continue to develop somehow. It's just tough to develop as a quarterback. There's nowhere to really go and get good from this point on."


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Lamar Miller Will Be A Steal in the 2nd Round

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I’m starting to get the feeling that Lamar Miller is going to be a huge steal for some team in the 2nd round.  While I think Trent Richardson is the top RB prospect in the class, I don’t put Miller very far behind him.  Richardson is better on contact, but Miller possesses the natural power to improve in this area, and he’s a faster, more explosive back in terms of initial burst and 2nd level pull-away, and I don’t see any major advantage that one has over the other as a receiver.  I’m not usually an advocate of drafting RBs high in the first, unless they can do more than run.  In other words, if they give you multiple high-level weapons from one position, I’m all for grabbing them in the first.  If they can run between the tackles, beat you outside, get the tough, hard yards on contact, catch the ball out of the backfield and block in the passing game, they’re a worth a consideration.  Since when did moving the chains and scoring points suddenly not become important?  It’s almost as if there’s been a concerted effort to devalue running backs and there’s really no reason for it.  Show me proof that a high-octane passing attack is better than a dominant running attack, and maybe I’ll think differently about it.


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Lamar Miller Ranked 5th Best RB in Draft

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5. Lamar Miller, Miami, 5-10, 212: He has all-around running skills and can gain yards between the tackles or on the outside. Miller's speed is enticing, but he doesn't always hit the hole hard. He has decent hands. Miller was a one-year starter, left college early and is not a finished product. He probably will need some time to develop. At the least, he should be a good kick returner as a rookie.

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David Wilson a better prospect than Lamar Miller?

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On NFL Network's Path to the Draft Wednesday, Mike Mayock, Charley Casserly, and Mike Lombardi all agreed that Miami's Lamar Miller is an inferior running back prospect to Virginia Tech's David Wilson.
"If you put the Miami tape on, Miller doesn't show up on third down, short yardage, or goal line," observed Mayock. Lombardi also pointed to Miller's inability to pass protect as a reason he shouldn't go particularly high in the draft. Lombardi and Mayock, meanwhile, praised Wilson's pass-protection skills. An inability to pick up the blitz can keep backs off the field early in their careers.


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Lamar Miller, Third-Ranked Running Back in 2012 Draft



Matt Waldman is the author of The Rookie Scouting Portfolio, a testament to his obsession with film analysis, now available for download. Examples of his work can be found at his blog. He is helping The Fifth Down rank skill position players before the draft:

3.     Lamar Miller, running back, Miami (5-10, 212)
Lamar Miller is a potential Pro Bowl back. He’s at the sweet spot in terms of height, weight, speed and acceleration. He runs with patience and balance, and he protects the ball. He understands how to stay close to his blocks until an opening develops, and like Clinton Portis and Edgerrin James before him, he knows how to shorten his steps in traffic until he finds a cutback lane or alternate crease when the primary hole does not open.

He runs with good balance and power between the tackles. He can run through contact, and he has good enough footwork to prevent defenders from getting angles on him. He bends runs with good speed, and he has shown some skill to pick and slide toward creases or press a crease and cut back. He keeps his legs moving after contact, and his pad level is consistently low enough that he bounces off hits and maximizes his output on carries. He knows how to minimize his surface area in the hole and still get downhill fast.

Miller is fast, and his burst is Pro Bowl-caliber; when given a hole, he can accelerate past all three levels of a defense and turn a 10-yard gain into a 40-yard touchdown. There is little doubt that Miller has physical talent, but there are plays in which he seems to go out of bounds too willingly, even when time is not a factor.

Miller catches the ball as well as any back in this class. He snares passes, and he repeatedly demonstrated the ability to use his body control and concentration to help catch a ball. I saw him make an acrobatic catch that was over 25 yards from release point to reception, a play that many college wide receivers cannot make.

Miller’s effort as a blocker is not good enough. He will deliver a punch, and he has skill at getting the correct angle to make a block. But he does not sustain the contact and work hard enough to maintain that position. Miller diagnoses blocks effectively, but he has to do better with his cut blocking. He drops his head too early. As a run blocker, he seems more worried about getting hit from behind or hurt in the act of blocking than helping his teammates make plays.

I can see the Portis comparisons because Miller has game-breaking speed, explosive lateral agility and enough downhill power and balance to generate big plays in multiple ways. The difference is that Miller makes running the football look easier than Portis did in college, and I think it might be part of the perception that his effort isn’t always there when in fact, he’s just more graceful than people realize.

Purely on ability, he could start for an N.F.L. team today. The key will be how well he transitions from a college campus to professional life.


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Lamar Miller: A running back with home-run potential

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Corey from Orlando, Fla., asks whether the San Francisco 49ers would consider using the 30th pick in the 2012 NFL draft for Miami running back Lamar Miller.

"He's tough, like Frank Gore, he's not overly big and probably not as gritty as Gore is, but he's very fast and is also an impact running back," Corey writes. "Gore is obviously coming close to 30 and will need to be replaced within the next two years. Do the Niners go back to 'The U' to pick up their next franchise back? Kendall Hunter cannot do it alone."

Mike Sando: Miller's name came up during a conversation with Todd McShay at the combine in February. Miller was the first player McShay mentioned when I asked about playmakers available outside the top overall choices. I had the St. Louis Rams in mind because they've needed impact players on offense the most.

The chart shows Miller starting fast last season, topping 100 yards in each of his first five games, including three times against top-50 rush defenses, according to ESPN Stats & Information. A shoulder injury suffered a month into the season was likely a factor.

Miller averaged 2.1 yards per rush after contact, lowest among Scouts Inc.'s five highest-rated backs. But his big-play ability was striking.

"I give him a lot of passes on things that I am usually pretty cool on when you evaluate a running back because the guy flies," McShay said. "He is Chris Johnson. He really accelerates off his cut and he goes. He absolutely flies. Second round."

McShay wound up sending Miller to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 53 in his two-round mock draft from March 28. His reference to Johnson played into my vision for Miller in St. Louis, where Johnson's former coach with the Tennessee Titans, Jeff Fisher, could use help for Steven Jackson. But the 49ers likewise need to prepare for life after Gore.


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AFC West Teams Interested in Lamar Miller & Sean Spence

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Lamar Miller, Miami
Round range: 2
Possible interested teams: Denver

Sean Spence, Miami
Round range: 3-4
Possible interested teams: Oakland, San Diego


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NFL.com Ranks Lamar Miller & Brandon Washington in the Top 50 Draft Prospects

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24. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami: Explosive runner with the speed and quickness to score from anywhere on the field. Scouts question Miller's durability, but it is hard to ignore his natural talent as a difference maker in the backfield.

47. Brandon Washington, G, Miami: Size, strength and athleticism are essential along the interior, and Washington displays a skill set that should lead to instant success as a pro.

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Scouts worried about Lamar Miller's intellect

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According to CBS Sports' Rob Rang, some NFL scouts worry that Miami RB Lamar Miller will "struggle to handle a complicated playbook" in the NFL.

Per Rang, some scouts "will tell you that Miller could slip on draft day" because of this concern. Miller is considered one of the draft's most explosive backs, and confirmed that by running a 4.4-flat forty at 5'11/212 during the Scouting Combine. We still wouldn't expect Miller to fall out of round two.


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Lamar Miller possibility for Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects the Steelers to strongly consider using an early-round pick on a running back.

With Trent Richardson sure to be long gone by the time the Steelers are on the clock at No. 24, the Post-Gazette believes the first round "might be out, but after that, all bets are off." With Rashard Mendenhall iffy for 2012, the Steelers lack proven depth behind Isaac Redman, and could consider someone like Miami's Lamar Miller on day two. Using one of their first three picks on a back would increase the chances the Steelers let Mendenhall walk next offseason.


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NFL Draft 2012: Interview With Miami RB Lamar Miller

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Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller is viewed by many NFL Draft analysts as the second-ranked rusher, behind only Alabama’s Trent Richardson.

Miller’s first season as the full-time starter at Miami was 2011. As a redshirt sophomore, Miller led the Hurricanes with 1,272 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. Miller added 17 receptions for 85 yards and an additional touchdown. He became the first Miami Hurricanes running back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, since Willis McGahee accomplished the feat in 20o2.

While we continue our NFL Draft preparation and coverage here at NFL Spin Zone, we got some time to talk with Lamar and discuss how he is preparing for the upcoming draft — you can also check out the rest of our prospect interviews HERE. This is what Lamar had to say:

Josh Sanchez: Where are you currently training?
Lamar Miller: I’m training down here at Pete Bommarito’s.

Sanchez: Could you take us through one of your daily workouts?
Miller: Well, now that I’m just training for the draft, we start at 8:15 and do some warm ups. After that, we’ll do a couple of drills with the ladders. The rest of the day we have certain drills to do. Sometimes we’ll work on my speed or sometimes we’ll just do a little drill for our position like catching some balls and other position drills. Just little things like that. Then we go and lift weights. After lifting weights, I go upstairs and do rehab for my shoulder then that’s pretty much it.

Sanchez: How intense was the training leading up to the combine?
Miller: It was pretty tough. For the combine, we’d have to start up at six o’clock and we don’t leave until five o’clock, so out day was pretty busy. We were just taking the time to get ready and prepare and practice some techniques. We’d do some 40′s, shuttles and the five-ten-five. After that, we’d go upstairs for the rehab and get some treatment. Then back to weights in the afternoon.

We’d set up some interviews, too, where the players would ask some questions just so we could be prepared for the interviews at the combine.

Sanchez: You didn’t participate in on-field drills, but how was the combine for you?
Miller: It was a great experience. You only get that chance once. At the combine, I really didn’t do everything. I just did the forty and the vertical jump, so at my pro day I tried to showcase my ability to the scouts. But the combine, it was a good experience. Got to hear some of the guys talking and talk with some of the teams. It was a long process, but one that I’ll only get to experience once, so it was a good idea.

Sanchez: What teams have you had a chance to talk to?
Miller: I talked to a lot, really. They were at the pro day too, so I got to talk to them all then.

Sanchez: Do you have any visits scheduled yet?
Miller: We’re still in the process of doing that.

Sanchez: What was it like playing for a program like Miami with such a great tradition?
Miller: It was a great experience to play for the University of Miami. Going through grade school and growing up, I got to watch the all-time greats like Edgerrin James, Willis McGahee, Frank Gore and Clinton Portis. Watching guys like that and then getting to go in the same direction and trying to live the legacy that they left at the University of Miami, it was a great. Being in the orange and green and just playing for The U is always a great feeling.

Sanchez: You mentioned Willis McGahee. You were actually the first running back to rush for 1,000 yards at Miami since McGahee accomplished that in 2002. Did that mean anything special to you to reach that milestone?
Miller: That was one of my goals — to get 1,000 yards. It was something that I established, so it was great to be one of those people to get over 1,000 yards and just being one of the all-time rushers, the third all-time rusher, at Miami. Being in that predicament was just amazing. Just to get out there and show off my talents at the University of Miami.

Sanchez: When did you know that you were going to enter the draft early?
Miller: I really was just talking to my parents about the situation. I talked to some of the guys like Frank Gore and Clinton Portis. I just sat and talked and felt that it was just the best decision for me and my family.

Sanchez: So everyone knows you for your play on the field, what are some of your hobbies off of the field?
Miller: Well, off the field, I like to go to the mall and shop. Other than that I’m more of a home body that just chills with some of the guys and play some video games like NBA2k and Madden. We just chill and have fun. Maybe go to the movies with my family and friends and guys that are entering the draft with me. I like to have fun, really just laugh and cherish the moment.

Sanchez: Did you model your game after any players growing up?
Miller: I didn’t really model my game after nobody. I used to watch a lot of great running backs growing up. A lot of people compare me to Clinton Portis, but other than that, I don’t model my game after nobody.

Sanchez: Did you have favorite teams?
Miller: My favorite college team was the University of Miami and my favorite NFL team was the Dallas Cowboys, because I used to always like Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.

Sanchez: Do you have any goals for your rookie season?
Miller: Just do everything to help my team out, really. Whether it’s to win a Super Bowl, I just want to get the team back on top. Play my role and do whatever the coaches tell me to do. I’ll do my best at it. I just want to get on the field and help my team.

Sanchez: How about the draft, do you have any special plans for draft day?
Miller: As of now, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing. I haven’t decided on that yet.

Sanchez: What will it mean to you to finally reach your goal of playing in the NFL?
Miller: You know, it’ll be a great experience. Just to hear your name being called on that stage on draft day, a lot of people don’t get that opportunity, so that’ll be amazing and a blessing to hear my name called on TV. Knowing that you accomplished something that you always wanted to do growing up and watched the greats do.

Sanchez: What do you feel you are going to bring to a NFL team?
Miller: They’ll be bringing in a complete player on and off the field. I’ll be a competitor. I like to compete and help my teammates get better. I’m a playmaker that always keeps the crowd on the edge of their seats. I consider myself a game-changer that’s liable to take it the distance every single play. I can catch the ball out the backfield and make guys miss in tight spaces and I will just showcase my talents.


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Emmitt Smith likes Lamar Miller at RB after Richardson

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Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith boasts one of the most impressive resumes in NFL history: A three-time Super Bowl champion. Four-time NFL rushing leader with 18,355 career rushing yards.

So it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about the running back position.

With the 2012 NFL Draft around the corner, Smith agreed to spend a few hours to sit down and evaluate film of running backs prospects from this class. Actually, he insisted. His eyes lit up at the mention of breaking down some football tape. He might have bagged his cleats, but this is still a man who knows and loves the game.

The beauty of scouting: Each evaluator sees the game differently. So what does Emmitt Smith look for when assessing running backs?
"I'm looking for balance, quickness, low center of gravity, the ability to break tackles and get downhill in a hurry," he said. "Quickness, elusiveness. The position is much more than just being built or a good athlete."

We're in agreement that Alabama's Trent Richardson is the top back in this draft and didn't include the surefire first-round pick on our evaluation list.
"Trent is the best," Smith said. "I'm looking at his conference, his competition. Playing against the Auburns, the Floridas, the LSUs -- just on that alone. This kid can play football."

The ties are deeper than their SEC roots. Richardson and Smith are Florida natives and played football at Escambia High School in Pensacola. They developed a close friendship years ago and remain in touch to this day. Just last month, Smith delivered opening remarks during the Doak Walker Award ceremony where Richardson was recognized as the top running back in college football.

"He comes from a pro-style system," Smith added. "Trent is one of the most NFL-ready prospects in the draft. If I have a need for a running back in the top 10, I'm going to go get him."

However, the college running back who stood out most to Smith last season isn't even in this draft class.

"I think Montee Ball [Wisconsin] looked better than most of these guys," Smith said. "From what I saw, Ball looks like the real deal to me. There is something about him that has me convinced. He's a guy to watch for next year."

For this particular afternoon of film evaluation, we focused on four highly ranked very different prospects: Doug Martin (Boise State), Lamar Miller (Miami, Fla.), Robert Turbin (Utah State) and Bernard Pierce (Temple).

LAMAR MILLER, Miami (Fla.) Height: 5-10, 3/4 | Weight: 212 | 40 time: 4.36

COLLEGIATE RESUME:
2009: redshirted.
2010: (11 gp/1 st) 646 rush yards on 108 carries (6.0) and six touchdowns with 1 KR for a score.
2011: (12 gp/12 st) 1,272 rush yards on 227 rushes (5.6) and nine touchdowns with 17 catches for 85 yards and one score, earning Second Team All-ACC honors.

GAMES SCOUTED: vs. Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech

SMITH'S TAKE: He's a bigger Clinton Portis, a bigger Clinton Portis. And faster. Look at those moves. He sees the running lanes very well. He knows what to do with the ball once he has the ball in his hands. Miller puts his foot in the ground, cuts back and it's over with. This kid has some talent.

Great vision -- he sees the run lanes nicely. And he's in a pro-style offense. He's a bigger Clinton Portis, I'm telling you. He loves to put his foot in the ground and go get it. He doesn't need a whole lot of room to run, look at that cutback. He's a sprinter. He has that "it" thing plus speed. He's not missing many cuts.

I could see why some would say he's a Felix Jones type of guy. This kid sees it and knows how to go get it. He maneuvers through run lanes, makes himself small and gets big when he has to. Exceptional speed and home-run threat, without a doubt.

BRUGLER'S SCOUTING REPORT

STRENGTHS: Balanced athlete with dynamic start-and-stop ability and smooth change-of-direction skills. Stays patient before burst upfield and accelerating to top speed quickly when he sees daylight. Nimble feet to make defenders miss and shows an extra gear to run away from them, too. Very good vision and cutback ability, finding the run lanes, following blocks and staying patient behind the line of scrimmage. Good body strength and stays coordinated through contact, running with a purpose. Very good at forcing defenders to take poor angles with his lateral quickness and natural explosiveness. Effective pass catcher with good ball skills and body control to make tough grabs. Good experience as a kick returner. Very good production in his two seasons on the field with the third-best season rushing total in school history last year. Nine career 100-plus-yard performances.

WEAKNESSES: Upright runner with a narrow frame. Doesn't break many tackles and goes down too easily, struggling to create in tight areas. Too patient at times and looks indecisive with a questionable feel between the tackles. Lacks the strength to power through contact and doesn't have the body type to withstand a heavy beating. Appears to freelance a lot and needs to allow the designed play to develop. Relies too much on the "big-time" play and needs to be content with simple positive gains. Suspect ball security and tends to wear down over the course of a game. Suspect durability playing most of 2011 with a shoulder issue. Part of a tandem backfield and lacks the size to be a bell-cow back. Started 2011 with five straight 100-yard rushing games but finished with just two in the final seven contests. Still growing at the position and there are some questions about whether or not he will put in the necessary work to reach his potential.

FINAL WORD It's easy to get excited about Miller's upside and potential, but there is also some below-average tape on him. He's a smooth, one-cut runner and talented athlete who can turn on the jets with big-play ability. It took about two plays before Smith made the Clinton Portis comparison and he didn't back down from that assessment.

PROJECTION: Top 50


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Lamar Miller Has 1st Round Talent But Could Fall

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RB Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla.) (5-11, 212): Possesses a good first step, a natural feel between the tackles and exhibits the cut back ability to slice his way up the field. However, looks more like an ideal fit for a zone-blocking scheme because he isn't a guy who is going to make a ton of NFL defenders miss or break many tackles inside.



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Lamar Miller has high draft hopes

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Lamar Miller knows there's many draft experts who believe he is not going to be selected in the first round of next month's draft.

He thinks they're wrong.

The former Miami running back was part of the Hurricanes' annual Pro Day on Thursday, skipping the 40-yard dash but taking part in other workouts. And afterward, Miller said he still believes leaving school and giving up on his final two years of eligibility will ultimately pay off for him.
"I feel that I am a first-round guy," Miller said. "I'm not doubting himself at all."

Miller checked in at 5-foot-11, 213 pounds. He left Miami after his redshirt sophomore season in which he ran for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns.

"He's still got some developing to do," said former Miami running backs coach Tommie Robinson, now on staff with the Arizona Cardinals. "I think his best days are ahead of him."

Given Miami's rich history in the NFL draft, it's typical for all 32 NFL teams to be represented at the Hurricanes' pro day, and Thursday was no exception. Miami was 6-6 last season, choosing to pass on going to a bowl game in advance of expected sanctions from the NCAA for compliance policy violations.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland were among the notable NFL types looking on Thursday, as was former Hurricanes coach Butch Davis, now on the staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Former Hurricanes Antrel Rolle, Reggie Wayne, Orlando Franklin, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Spencer Adkins also made appearances.

"It just shows the family bond that you have here at the University of Miami," former Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris said.


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Lamar Miller, Streeter content with 40-yard times at combine, sit out drill at UM Pro Day

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With a representative from each NFL team in attendance at the University of Miami's annual Pro Day, graduating seniors and those declaring for the NFL Draft had an opportunity to showcase their skills.

But former Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller and wide receiver Tommy Streeter didn't think they had much else to prove in Thursday's Pro Day.

After Miller finished the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds, the fastest time among running backs, and Streeter also ran a 4.40 at the NFL Combine in February, they decided to sit that drill out Thursday. Instead, the two participated in position drills.

"I think I did pretty good," said Miller, who had his sling taken off his surgically repaired shoulder three weeks ago. "I had a very good day catching the ball out of the backfield, doing the position drills."

Miller, who is fighting with Boise State's Doug Martin, Oregon's LaMichael James and Virginia Tech's David Wilson to be the second running back taken in this year's draft, is unsure of where he'll end up being selected.

"Some people are talking about late first round, some people are talking about early second," Miller said. "I really don't know. … I feel like I'm a first-round guy. Everybody has that mentality, though."

Streeter is trying to use the same approach.

"Every round is realistic," Streeter said. "You don't know until draft day, A lot of times people make mock drafts, but you never really know until draft day. So I'm just praying and trying to control everything that I can."


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Miami Hurricanes Are Hoping Lamar Miller Starts Another String Of 1st Round Picks

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Not too long ago the Miami Hurricanes had an un-godly streak where they had a player picked in the first round. in fact, The Miami Hurricanes have been one of the most successful colleges in the history of the draft.

The Hurricanes hold the record for most players selected in the first round in a single draft (6, in 2004), most first-round draft picks in a two-year period (11, from 2003 to 2004), most first-round draft picks in a three-year period (15, from 2002 through 2004), and most first-round picks in a four-year period (19, from 2001 through 2004). For a 14-year period, from 1994 through 2008, Miami had at least one player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Hurricanes once had a streak of 149 consecutive regular season weeks where a former Hurricane scored a touchdown in an NFL game; the streak started in Week 15 of the 2002 NFL regular season and ended in Week 11 of the 2011 season. During the streak, 33 different former Hurricanes scored touchdowns and a total of 661 touchdowns were scored. The Miami Hurricanes are also 10th overall on the NFL’s all-time number of draft picks with 307.[1]

Since 1999, Miami Hurricanes has had 67 players selected, 2nd-most in the nation, behind only The Ohio State University (77). In the same time-span, Hurricanes players were picked 33 times in the first-round, the most of any Division I university.[2] From the 2001 Miami Hurricanes football team alone, 17 players went on to compete in the NFL.

However, lately the Hurricanes have struggled getting players drafted early. Last year their best player on our  board, CB Brandon Harris had a chance to go in the first round but fell to the Houston Texans in the second round.  The first player drafted for the Hurricanes was OL Orlando Franklin by the Denver Broncos at 46th overall.

In 2010, they didn’t have a player drafted until the third round when some relatively unknown Tight End named Jimmy Graham was selected by the New Orleans Saints. Little did we know that he should have been a first rounder.

In 2009 their first pick was in the sixth round when Spencer Adkins was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons.

This year though Miami could get back in the game with speedy running back Lamar Miller who proved to be one of the fastest players in College football with his official 4.40 forty yard dash. Miller combines speed with good size and power. Miller has terrific potential as a receiver as well.
There are a few teams that make sense for Miller in the first round. The first would be the New York Jets who are looking to improve their run game, but that seems like a long shot. The first place where he seems likely to be drafted is the Cincinnati Bengals at either 17 or 21st overall. They have a pretty good OL and a good passing game, but need to improve their stable of running backs. After the Bengals the next likely landing spot for this dynamic running back would be the Denver Broncos at 25. The Broncos are moving forward with Tim Tebow and their coach is John Fox which means the running game will be a focus of their offense for the foreseeable future. A player with Miller’s talents could be very valuable in Denver.

The last likely landing spot for Lamar Miller is the New York Giants. The Defending Superbowl Champs. The Giants had the worst running game in the league last year and are asking Brandon Jacobs to take a huge pay cut to stay with the team, which he seems unlikely to do. If (when) Jacobs is cut they may wishd to reinforce their group of running backs.


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Lamar Miller Holding Steady on Draft Boards

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Miami running back Lamar Miller entered at No. 31 on McShay's board following a strong showing at the combine in Indianapolis.

Miller's 4.40-second 40-yard dash was the best for a running back at the combine, and his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery seems to be right on schedule. He lacks ideal power and strength as an inside runner, but Miller's speed and acceleration are impressive.


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Lamar Miller an NFL Combine Winner

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Lamar Miller, RB, Miami: Miller probably solidified himself as the second best back in the draft behind Trent Richardson. Miller looked great in drills and ran a 4.40 40-yard dash. He’s going to sneak into the first round; “The U” has a good track-record with tailbacks.



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Lamar Miller Has Fastest 40-Yard Dash Among RBs

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Miami RB Lamar Miller ran an official forty-yard dash time of 4.40 to lead all running backs at the Scouting Combine.

His "unofficial" forties were hand-clocked at 4.38 and 4.41. While the times weren't quite as fast as hoped, speed certainly remains a strength for perhaps this year's best running back prospect behind Trent Richardson. Only scatback types Chris Rainey (4.45 at 180 pounds) and LaMichael James (4.45 at 194 pounds) came within five tenths of a second of Miller's forty time in Indianapolis. Miller packs a solid 212 pounds onto his nearly 5-foot-11 frame.

Miller’s “burst and acceleration are rare,” NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said. But Mayock has questions about how Miller would do in short-yardage situations. Miller is projected as a second-round pick, though he could move into the first.


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Lamar Miller wants to be first-round pick

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Q: How much does it help that so many of your Hurricanes teammates are here?
A: “It will be a good experience. It’s a lot of us and we’re just trying to make each other better. We’re going to go out here and compete and show the scouts what we’ve got.”

Q: What went into your decision to declare early for the NFL draft as a redshirt sophomore?
“My family and I felt it was the best decision. I just want to take my talents to the next level and live a dream…I felt like I played good enough to put myself in a good [position].”

Q: Do you pay attention to where you’re projected?
A: “I don’t pay attention to it. Some of my friends tell me about it, but I’m just trying to stay focused, stay humble throughout this whole process, show the teams what I’ve got.”

Q: If you’re taken in the second round instead of the first, how disappointing would that be?
A: “It would be a dream come true just to get to the next level. I want to show the scouts what I’ve got.”

Q: Any former ‘Canes give you guidance about this process?
A: “I talked to Frank Gore before I left. He was telling me how the process was, and to stay focused and do what I do best.”

Q: What is your relationship like with Gore?
A: “We have a great relationship. I use to hang out with his little cousin so we have a great relationship. I talked to him before we came up here and he was telling me positive things. I watch some of his games when I have a chance to. He’s a great runner. He’s physical, runs hard, and he has the mentality that he’s the best player on the field.”

Q: Do you like it when you’re compared to any of the former UM tailbacks?
A: “Not really. A lot of people compare me to Clinton Portis but I try to play my own game and leave this game legendary.”

Q: How would you describe your running style?
A: “I’m a fast running back. I’m a playmaker, a game changer. I’ll do anything to win games.”

Q: Do you feel your body is strong enough and you have the power you need to play in the goal line?
A: “Going to the next level I’m going to be facing bigger and faster opponents so I’m going to have to work on getting stronger and faster.”

Q: How do you rate your blocking and receiving skills?
A: “I have great hands out of the backfield. My blocking, I feel like that’s something I have to work on, being more aggressive and physical on pass pro.”

Q: What you think about the NFL’s perception that running backs are interchangeable, and often expendable?
A: “I understand that running backs don’t have a long time in the NFL because they get banged up a lot. I feel that I have the talent and the ability to be a first round running back and be one of the running backs who has the ability to make it to the Hall of Fame.”

Q: How important is it to keep the legacy of ‘The U’ going?
A: “That’s our main goal, keep the legacy going. We haven’t had a first round pick in a long time and we’re trying to break that streak.”

Q: Was it tough to leave UM with the program seemingly going in the right direction?
A: “They are going to have a great team coming back next year. They have a lot of veterans and just got a great recruiting class. Coach [Al] Golden is doing a great job with that.”

Q: How good can Eduardo Clements be?
A: “He’s a smart player. He runs tough and will do a good job.”

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proCane Combine Grades & Measurements

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Jacory Harris Grade 51
6'3" Height
32 1/8" Arm Length
203LBS. Weight
9 3/4" Hands

Travis Benjamin Grade 73
5'10" Height
31 3/4" Arm Length
172LBS. Weight
8 3/4" Hands

Marcus Forston Grade 64.5
6'3" Height
300LBS. Weight

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Lamar Miller Grade 87
5'11" Height
31 3/8" Arm Length
212LBS. Weight
9 1/4" Hands

Sean Spence Grade 80.2
5'11" Height
222LBS. Weight

Tommy Streeter Grade 71
6'5" Height
34 3/4" Arm Length
219LBS. Weight
9 1/2" Hands

Olivier Vernon Grade 82
6'4" Height
265LBS. Weight

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Brandon Washington Grade 66
6'3" Height
33" Arm Length
320LBS. Weight
9 3/4" Hands


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Lamar Miller & Olivier Vernon Will Surprise At Combine

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Lamar Miller, RB, Miami -- Miller has not let postseason shoulder surgery slow him down. The speedy back recently returned to training after rehabbing his shoulder and has been posting times in the mid-4.3s.

Oliver Vernon, DE-OLB, Miami -- Vernon sat on the sidelines for half of last season, serving an NCAA suspension. His stats, including 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, are nothing to get excited about. But on film Vernon looks fast and athletic. He could be the talk of the Combine; at more than 260 pounds, he has been regularly posting times in the low-4.6-second range


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Lamar Miller Ranked As a Top 45 Prospect

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43. *Lamar Miller, RB, Miami, 5-11, 212, Heading into combine week, he might be the most undervalued player in the draft. After doing well in his only full year as a starter, Miller has decided to enter the draft although many scouts think he needs to learn a little more in college. But with an eye on the cash and a concern over getting beat up in college, he is convinced it is, as teammates call him, "Miller Time." He is a tough runner with deceptive second-gear acceleration, both of which serve him well as a kickoff returner. In his only full season as a starter last year, Miller finished second in the ACC with 1,272 yards rushing on 227 carries with nine touchdowns. The third-year sophomore's career included 1,918 yards, 335 carries, 15 touchdowns, 28 catches for 181 yards, and 15 kickoff returns for 376 yards and his most memorable college play, a dazzling 88-yard return for a touchdown against Ohio State in 2010.

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Lamar Miller running practice 40s in mid-4.3s

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Miami (FL) RB Lamar Miller has reportedly recovered from postseason shoulder surgery and has been running forty times in the mid-4.3s during pre-Combine training.
Miller is a candidate for a huge Combine because of his straight-line speed. ESPN College Scouting Director Todd McShay likens Miller's explosiveness to that of Chris Johnson, and he's in the mix to be the second tailback drafted. A forty time in the mid-4.3s would excite NFL evaluators, to put it mildly.


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Lamar Miller Top 50 Draft Prospect

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37. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fl)* -- Miller offers tremendous ball-carrying skills and home-run speed. He has the ability to quickly get through running lanes, then take it the distance. Miller needs a little more experience, but comes with big-time potential.

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Lamar Miller To the Bengals?

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21. Cincinnati Bengals: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami -- They need to a replacement for Cedric Benson and Miller would give them more speed.

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Future proCanes intend to use the NFL Combine to boost their draft stock

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AVENTURA – Olivier Vernon trotted past the finish line so fast Pete Bommarito just about triple checked his stopwatch. The former University of Miami standout who left school early to enter the NFL draft had just ran a 40-yard dash time that would be declared fast for a linebacker. Ironically, that's the position most NFL experts believe this Hurricanes defensive end might end up playing.

"Don't you dare write that down," said Bommarito, the founder and CEO of Bommarito Performance, a training program that works with NFL and MLB players.

Bommarito immediately became paranoid, and no longer trusted the 40-yard dash times he had on the 50 NFL draft prospects he's trained for this week's NFL Combine, and their school's Pro Day.

Suspecting his times were wind assisted during their Tuesday workout Bommarito spends 15 minutes changing directions of the sprints. But Vernon runs another fast 40-time fellow teammate, UM linebacker Sean Spence, is envious of.

If Vernon manages to keep that pace at this week's NFL combine his lukewarm draft stock will certainly heat up.

"I want to show off my athletic ability. I want to show I'm versatile. I want to show I can play in any scheme, a 4-3 or a 3-4," said Vernon, who contributed 18 tackles, and 1.5 sacks in the six games he played last season. "I don't want to be looked at as a defensive end."

Vernon, who contributed 39 tackles and six sacks in 2010, missed six games because of an NCAA suspension. Plenty Hurricane fans second guessed his decision to enter the NFL draft, but he has plenty of company in his early exodus to the NFL.

A record-setting 65 underclassmen entered this year's draft class, and five of them were Hurricanes.

Tailback Lamar Miller skipped his final two seasons at UM after rushing for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns. However, he's got a pretty decent excuse considering tailbacks have a short shelf life in the NFL.

Miller, who is often compared to Clinton Portis, is projected as a second-round pick, and is unanimously viewed as one of the draft's top three tailbacks.

Tommy Streeter, who led the Hurricanes in catches (46), receiving yards (811) and touchdown catches (eight), cashed out after his one breakout season. Streeter hopes his rare blend of speed (6-foot-5), size and athleticism pushes him up the draft boards.

Brandon Washington left UM after playing out of position as a tackle his junior season. This offensive guard is viewed as one of the draft's top 50 prospects.

"I felt like I was ready for the next level," said Washington, who a first-team All-ACC left guard selection as a sophomore. "My mindset was different. I'm ready to play against grown men."

Defensive tackle Marcus Fortson played in three games last season before blowing out his knee. He could have petitioned the NCAA for another year of eligibility, but preferred to move on.

"It is unusual to have that many [early entries] especially given the record they had last year. I don't know what the situation is," said Mike Mayock, NFL Network's draft analyst. "I'm an Al Golden proponent. I live in Philadelphia. He came from Temple. I don't know if he went down there with a different way of doing things, and that's why so many underclassmen left. I don't know that answer. But we're not talking about five first-round picks like in the old days at Miami."

The early defections gutted the Hurricanes' talent base. But UM's loss could be the NFL's gain.

All of the early entrants were invited to the combine, and with strong performances in the draft process their draft stock could rise considerably.

The recent success of former Hurricanes tight end Jimmy Graham, a third-round pick who made it to the Pro Bowl last year, and undrafted success stories like Sam Shields and Antonio Dixon proves the UM brand still has some cache.

"I'm a physical specimen, a physical playmaker, a guy who creates mismatches on any area of the field," said Streeter, who'll receive his degree this spring. "I still feel like the first round is still a possibility….I control my own destiny."


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Sean Spence, Lamar Miller Top 50 Draft Prospects

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31. Sean Spence, LB, Miami (Fla.). Spence makes up for his 5-11 frame with a natural ability to read and react to plays in a flash.

45. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.). Miller has the vision to find open space and the explosive burst to hit holes and make big plays. He hasn't consistently shown the aggressive running style and strength to run through hits.

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8 future proCanes Get Invited to Combine

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Travis Benjamin, Marcus Forston, Jacory Harris, Lamar Miller, Sean Spence, Tommy Streeter, Olivier Vernon, Brandon Washington were all invited to the 2012 NFL Combine held in Indinapolis on February 22-28. There are a record 65 underclassmen invited, five of which are proCanes. Good luck to all eight!


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Mel Kiper Jr. sees Lamar Miller going to Bengals

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CORAL GABLES – While the decisions of Olivier Vernon, Marcus Forston and perhaps even Brandon Washington to leave Miami early for the NFL are considered questionable, Lamar Miller's decision to do so appears to be a sound one.

In his first mock draft for 2012, ESPN's draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. projected Miller will go to Cincinnati Bengals at No. 21 and rated him the second-best back in the draft behind Alabama's Trent Richardson. Kiper Jr. said on a conference call with reporters last week that he sees Miller as a second-rounder "at worst."

"People are going to be looking at him very favorably as we move through the draft process," Kiper Jr. said.

Of receiver Tommy Streeter, another UM early entry, he noted, "If he tests out well from a speed standpoint, he could be a second-round pick."

"Has some size [6-5], made some big plays this year, did some good things," Kiper Jr. added. "Not as seasoned as some other wideouts."

Washington's versatility will help him, Kiper Jr. said. Like Orlando Franklin a year ago, Washington moved from guard to tackle this past season because of need. "He can end up going a little higher than he's graded," Kiper Jr. said.

Forston, the defensive tackle who considered leaving early after the 2010 season, is "another guy that's going to drop significantly farther down the board than you would have thought two years ago" and Vernon is "way down the line" among defensive ends.

Kiper Jr. said Jacory Harris is the 22nd-rated quarterback on his board and he doesn't "see a scenario where he is selected."

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Lamar Miller Ranked as the 3rd Best RB By Mike Mayock

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Virginia Tech's David Wilson is NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock's No. 2 running back in his preliminary rankings for the 2012 draft.

Wilson is known for his 4.3 speed, but drew raves for his toughness during a breakout junior season. Mayock's 2012 running back rankings go like this: 1) Alabama's Trent Richardson 2) Wilson 3) Lamar Miller from Miami 4) Boise State's Doug Martin and 5) Oregon's LaMichael James. Chris Polk from Washington, who is at the Senior Bowl, was a bit of a surprise snub by Mayock.


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