Sep 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) scores a touchdown during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Hartline says Dolphins are waiting on RB to step up


The Miami Dolphins are struggling to run the ball. ESPN ranks their ground game 28th in the NFL, and they’re averaging 69.6 yards per game on the ground. During an appearance on the NFL Network, Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline was asked by former Broncos running back Terrell Davis if he felt like Lamar Miller could carry the ball 25 times a game.

“Luckily, at this point in my career, I don’t have to make those decisions,” Hartline said on the NFL Network.

Miller has carried the ball 50 times for 211 yards, an average of 10 carries per game. He also is the only back with over a 100 yards rushing on the season and he has a pretty respectable 4.2 yards per carry average.

Miller hasn’t carried the ball for more than 14 times in a game this season.

“I would say our coaches are really wanting one of the guys to step up,” Hartline continued. “You want someone to take the bull by the reins, and the coaches feel like that hasn’t happened yet. So, until that happens, we are going to see multiple guys coming out of the backfield.”

The only other running back that has carried the  ball any significant amount of time is Daniel Thomas, with 27 carries for 71 yards. An average of 2.6 yards per carry.

The Dolphins are in their bye week and have time to work on their ground game. Their next opponent is the Buffalo Bills, and ESPN ranks their run defense 22nd with an average of 116 yards allowed on the ground per game.

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