The belief heading in to the 2013 NFL season is that the Miami Dolphins are prepared to roll with last year’s fourth-round pick Lamar Miller as the team’s starting running back. The team is not naming a starter yet, but everyone other than Daniel Thomas believes Miller has the lead in that race.
“I don’t know why [Miller] would have the inside track,” Thomas said, via the Miami Herald. “It’s an open competition. Everybody has a fair shot. The best player is going to get the job. Nobody has a leg up. I’m looking to be that guy…. That’s why I put the work in.”
If Miller does get the starting gig, he has some very high goals for himself that the Dolphins would have to be pleased about if he could accomplish them.
Miller, who has been working with fellow Miami Hurricane alum and current San Francisco 49ers star running back Frank Gore, plans to reach 1,500 yards and 5.0 per carry this season.
“I’m trying to get bigger and faster, improve my explosiveness so I can break more tackles, make guys miss,” Miller said. “Trying to become a great back in this league.”
Miller certainly has his personal goals set high, especially when you consider the spotty offensive line, but his natural skill should allow him to burst on to the scene in 2013. Whether or not he reaches those lofty goals remains to be seen.