Sep 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas (33) celebrates with fullback Charles Clay (42) after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Field. The Dolphins won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins' Running Backs Must Play Vital Role Against the Indianapolis Colts

The Miami Dolphins will be kicking off against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, and a key part to their offense must end a tremulous start to the 2013 campaign.

In order for Ryan Tannehill and the passing game to be successful Sunday, Miami’s backfield must play a substantial role — whether it is contributing in the blocking schemes, flagging out as an option for their second-year quarterback or simply, running the football.

Everyone already knows, but let’s reiterate this once again, Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas recorded 18 carries for 17 yards combined, though, Thomas getting in the end zone.

There is no reason why the two — or one of them per say– can’t have a field day against the Colts. Last week against the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis allowed first-year quarterback Terrell Pryor and 26-year-old back Darren McFadden to post 33 carries for 171 yards, making their defense sit 31st in rushing yards against in the league.

Miller is the running back that needs to step up his game. Emerging into this season, the former Hurricane was suppose to fill the shoes for Reggie Bush, but with complications to run inside the tackles or bounce outside, he is off to a shaky start.

Thomas, on other hand, was never really in the starting running back discussion after training camp, so in regards to his responsibilities, pass protection and fighting for extra yards on possible third-down scenarios must become a factor for Joe Philbin’s offense.

It may seem premature to judge Miami’s backs after one week, but if they want to succeed 2-0, the running game must be relevant.

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