The Miami Dolphins have been marred by the ongoing Richie Incognito situation, and it’s overshadowed a nice bright spot that’s emerged in the past few weeks.
After back-to-back solid performances by the 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. Miller still hasn’t totally overcome Daniel Thomas, who got 12 carries in Week 9, but he’s outperformed Thomas by a wide margin. His 4.8 yards per carry dwarfs Thomas’ 3.6. He should see a nice workload this week against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and should be treated as a RB 2.