Jul 22, 2013; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) runs with the ball during training camp at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins to use a running back by committee with Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas?


That sound you heard was the collective sigh of fantasy players across the nation.

No, it’s not as if the Miami Dolphins rushing attack was expected to be a powerhouse this season (especially for fantasy enthusiasts), but running back by committee is usually something that often sees failure, both in fantasy and real life.

Sure, there are scenarios where it can work, but most times it’s a result of two players who simply can’t outperform the other – which seems to be happening during the Dolphins training camp which resulted in general manager Jeff Ireland suggesting they could use the running back by committee approach with both Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas.

Per the Miami Herald:

Ireland praised Lamar Miller but added “I don’t think it’s just going to be Lamar’s position. We’ve got a good running back in Daniel Thomas that’s certainly making some noise.”

He said he believes Miller and Thomas will each have a “breakout season” and “they’re a pretty good one/two punch.”

“Lamar is a tremendous athlete, He’s got great explosion. He’s about 218 pounds. He’s well built for the position, which I like. He runs low to the ground. He’s got very good instincts. He can stop on a dime. I just felt like going into the season, we had to get this guy going. He can catch it out of the backfield. He can block. He was one of our best pass protectors last year…. You give him a crease, he’s going to get through it.

“And Daniel also has got some one-cut quickness and downhill attitude about him. He can catch and block.”

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  • Carlos

    Well, Thomas may be great in practice but he hasn’t showed it on the field.

    Even though Lamar had a fumble, after that he has showed potential to be very, very good, both running between the tackles and blocking on passing downs.

    On their limited performances Lamar has showed so much more than Thomas, even though he has less experience, I just don’t get why they’re putting them on the same level.

  • Don Devine

    Ireland is an idiot and can run the ball just as good as Thomas. Hell, my big butt can hit the goal line, not score and hold on TO the ball!!!