The Miami Dolphins have placed second-year tailback, Daniel Thomas, on Injured-Reserve. Thomas, who was not receiving sufficient playing time anyway, went down with an apparent knee injury last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Although this could be a blow to Miami’s short-yardage run game, Miami is now in a position to see what rookie tailback Lamar Miller has to offer. Miller, a former Miami Hurricane, has impressed many with his speed and agility – comparisons to a young Reggie Bush have been a result. Miller has answered whenever his number has been called this season rushing for 164 yards on 36 carries and one touchdown.
Why haven’t we seen more of Miller this season? Miller’s lack of playing time can be explained due to depth and his youth. With running backs Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas being the top dogs, Miami obviously did not feel the need to push Miller into a contributing role. Simply put, the coaching staff wanted to allow Miller to adjust to the speed of the NFL level and learn the offense completely.
Can Miller contribute during the final two weeks of the season? There is no reason to believe Lamar Miller will not see sufficient game-time during Miami’s final two games of the season. Miller, who is a lot like Reggie Bush in terms of speed and skill-set, presents a match up nightmare when caught in space. Facing a weak Buffalo Bills run defense this Sunday will allow Miller to show the coaching staff what he has. But, the more intriguing match up will be in Miami’s final game of the season against the New England Patriots. New England has one of the league’s top run defenses and will look to shut down the combination of Bush and Miller to force Miami’s rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, to win the game with his arm. If Miller can string together two games of 60+ yards, the coaching staff would be insane not be impressed.
Look for a heavy-dose of Bush and Miller in Miami’s final two games of the NFL season! It is officially “Miller Time” in Miami, Dolphins fans!!