After back-to-back solid performances by the Miami Dolphins running game, the team could be inching toward making Lamar Miller the featured back in an offense in desperate need of stronger presence in the backfield to keep quarterback Ryan Tannehill from getting sacked so much.
Miller’s most recent performance helped to spark a big win for the Dolphins as he totaled 129 yards (105 rushing and 24 receiving) on Thursday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals. The breakout performance in prime time was Miller’s first 100-yard outing in the NFL. and his 129 yards from scrimmage were also a career-high.
Needless to say, Miami Head Coach Joe Philbon is ready to stay true to his “hot hand” approach and give Miller more touches going forward:
Mike Sherman said Lamar Miller’s recent production could warrant more carries for him than his 11 per game average.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) November 4, 2013
Before the 6.6 yards-per-carry showing on Thursday night, Miller was averaging 4.45 yards per carry in 2013. Miller’s previous game saw him notch 18 carries for 89 rushing yards and three catches on three targets for 23 receiving yards against the New England Patriots in Week 8.