One of the top free agent signings for the Houston Texans was the signing of a top running back on the market in Lamar Miller. The dynamic and speedy back has been a game changer for the Dolphins, but early in his career, the team decided that Miller was nothing more than a situational back.
Miller, throughout his career, averaged 4.6 yards per carry and never averaged more than 14 carries in a game during any season. A threat to run or catch the football, Miller, by himself, had more 20+ yard plays in 2015 than all five Texans running backs who suited up last season.
“I just wanted a new start. I want to be a feature back,” said Miller in his introductory press conference. “With this organization, I know they get their running backs involved. I just wanted to be a part of it.”
The Texans signed Miller to a four-year deal worth $26 million, with $14 million guaranteed. Miller instantly becomes one of the focal points of the offense.
General Manager Rick Smith gave his thoughts on Miller, “As it relates to Lamar, the one thing you can’t coach is speed, right, so the guy again, and I don’t want to just say that that’s all he offers and all he brings to the table. This guy, he’s a complete running back…”
It will be an adjustment for Miller who grew up in Miami, played his high school football in Florida, went to the University of Miami, then was drafted by the Dolphins in 2012. Miller is making more than one adjustment by coming to the Texans.
“I’m pretty nervous. It’s a big change for me,” Miller explained. “I’ve been in Miami my whole life. Just being away from my family, that’s something that I will have to get used to because when I was in Miami, I could just go home whenever I want. Now, it’s like a two-hour flight so that’s something I just have to get used to and just try to do my best.”
Reports mentioned Miller left more money on the table to come to the Texans. It was clear that he liked the idea of the Texans utilizing his skill set in Bill O’Brien’s offense and that was enough for Miller to move on from his home in Miami.
“It really wasn’t a difference,” said Miller of Miami and the Texans. “I just wanted a new start.”