Miami Dolphins’ OTA Winners and Losers

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# 3: Winner: RB Lamar Miller

 

Sept. 30, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) runs the ball in the first half against Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

 

After Miami put up little to no fight in retaining RB Reggie Bush via free agency, many are pinning Miami’s running back stable as one of the worst in the league. One of the worst or the most inexperienced is the argument many make towards those accusations. We will go with option B.

 

Nonetheless, a running back has emerged from the pack a bit. Second-year back, Lamar Miller, has shown flashes of brilliance during OTAs, according to multiple sources.

 

In his first season with the team, Miller carried the ball 51 times for 250 yards (4.9 ypc) and 1 touchdown. The 5’10”, 215 pounder showed the ability to not only run between the tackles, but also that third gear that most players simply just do not possess.

 

The former Miami Hurricane did, however, have issues with his pass protection technique. This is a key reason why the team used RB Daniel Thomas more than Miller on passing downs.

 

If Miller can become more consistent as a blocker, the sky is the limit.

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  • Bill Stowers

    What ever happened to my favorite player from last years off season? Chris (7/11) hogan? And has the presence of chad pennington as a guest coach helped tannehill at all?

    • TylerMcMullen

      Too early to tell with Penny being there, Bill. Tannehill is definitely looking great though and should be cutting down on his turnovers this season!

      Hogan was cut last year and has been floating around the league from practice squad to practice squad. He was however picked up by the Bills and was actually active in the Buffalo – Miami game late last season, but I don’t know if he is still with the team or not.

      Thanks for the read and the comment!!

      • Bill Stowers

        Thanks tyler, living in indianapolis small things like that are tough to find. As always another great article. Never stop writing for phinlhanatic hahaha.

        • TylerMcMullen

          Thank you for your very kind words, Bill! It’s people like you that keep me going!

  • Jcartwright67

    I’m going on a limb here and reveal that Dan Carpenter has already hired a moving company and they’ve started packing. He’ll play in the NFL somewhere for the league minimum. Starks will be on the wrong side of 30 after playing out his $8M+ contract this season. He deserves the long term deal but I doubt he’ll see the big one from Miami given the depth and lower salaries of players on the roster or in upcoming drafts. Always excited to read about Egnew performing well, I think Tannehill, the WO group, and Miller are givens, but its the TE group is whom I’m really pulling for this summer to mature into an exciting red zone threat and chain movers.

    • TylerMcMullen

      I totally agree my man. I think he hired a moving company when they selected Sturgis to be honest. He definitely will be playing somewhere next season, just not for Miami.

      I’m really excited about this TE group, to be honest. Could be a big help in Tannehill’s development. Stay tuned!

      Thanks for the read and the comment!

    • http://deofmovestofca.blogspot.com/ Deof Movestofca

      1) I cringe whenever i hear a Miami Dolphins’ fan already give up on Egnew after just one season. Yes, some players come into the league pro-ready, but others you have to give them some time to develop. Somewhat related is John Jerry’s situation: those who discount him because of he showed up overweight in the past should remember that Soliai developed into a fairly good player despite having the same issues the first few seasons he came into the NFL.

      2) One of the most overlooked aspects of the ‘Phins’ offseason FA “spending spree” is that if the one-year-deal signees (Grimes, Clabo, and Keller are the ones I can remember off the top of my head, so there might or might not be more) and Miami can develop players behind them (such as Egnew, perhaps), Miami can let the former walk next year in FA and re-coup lots of compensatory picks in 2015.

      • Jcartwright67

        Don’t cringe my friend…nobody wrote anything about giving up on Egnew, just that we hope he develops.

        • http://deofmovestofca.blogspot.com/ Deof Movestofca

          I meant Dolphins’ fans in general (and yes, many of them have given up on Egnew) rather than you in particular. My apologies for not making that clearer.

  • tpl

    The WR corp definitely is better than last year. Wallace will stop safties from crowding the line of scrimmage, and open up the run. Hartline and Gibson should encounter single coverage most of the time. I look forward to seeing keller, sims ang Egnew play TE.Just maybe we’ll see both egnew and keller in some goal line formations.