Miami Dolphins Preview: RB Lamar Miller

Dolphins running back Lamar Miller rushed for 1,099 yards in 2014, landing him in the top 10 in the NFL. What will his 2015 season look like?

In 2014, Lamar Miller had the most productive of his three season in the NFL. His 1,099 rushing yards earned him the 10th best ranking in the NFL, and he posted an absurdly high 5.09 rushing yards per attempt. He also had eight touchdowns and just two fumbles.

Where Miller improved most was his role in the passing game. In addition to his outstanding work on the ground, the speedy back added 38 catches for 252 yards and a score. He was a reliable check-down option for Ryan Tannehill, and should continue to provide in the passing game in 2015.

Lamar Miller should run behind a healthy offensive line in 2015. Branden Albert is projected to be back at left tackle, moving Ja’Wuan James back to right side. The two will be joined by Mike Pouncey, giving the Dolphins three studs on the offensive line that can block for Miller.

Best 2014 NFL performance

Week 17 against the New York Jets

Miller’s best performance came in a losing record in Week 17 at home against the New York Jets. He totaled 178 yards on 19 attempts for one touchdown. His touchdown was this beautiful 97 yard burst from his own goal line.

Worst 2014 NFL performance

Week 10 against the Detroit Lions

Miller was basically non-existent in this game, totaling ten yards on a meager four attempts. The Dolphins went pass heavy in this game, attempting to keep up with the explosive Detroit Lions and to avoid the Lions stout rush defense, which ranked first in the league at the time. Still, Miller made zero impact in the passing game.

Tannehill completed a season low 48.8% of his passes for a touchdown and no interception. His 205 passing yards were his worst among losing efforts last season, and Tannehill was sacked four times in this game. The Dolphins lost 34-15 despite having multiple efforts to take the lead and close out the game.

Miller, like Tannehill, should be on track for an even bigger 2014 season. The only thing standing in his way from even more snaps is his lone weakness: pass blocking. Rookie running back Jay Ajayi is a complete back who can pass protect, and could take third down snaps away from Miller if he lives up to his potential. That being said, expect another big year from Miller out of the backfield. It’s Miller Time!

2015 Season Prediction: 1,040 yards rushing, 7 rushing touchdowns, 325 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns.

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