Lamar Miller continues his track to a 400 carry pace for the season with 74 carries through three games for the Houston Texans. Miller has never carried the football over 25 times in a game with the Miami Dolphins and now he has accomplished that twice in three games, putting some work on the Texans featured back. With those 74 carries, Miller has 269 yards and averages 3.6 yards per carry, which is well off his 4.6 yards per carry with the Miami Dolphins.
The Texans are trying to find the right combination for Miller and get him to the edge more but have primarily asked him to run inside the tackles in the power game, which is not his strong suit. Bill O’Brien is trying to even out things for Miller and the Texans running game.
“We’ve gotten him to the edge quite a bit. I don’t know how many catches he had last night,” explained O’Brien of Miller’s performance on Thursday night. “We checked it down to him. We ran the ball to the edge. We’re pretty balanced as far as where we run the ball, inside and out. If you look at the stats as far as where we’re running the football on a self-scout situation, we’re pretty balanced inside and outside.”
Miller also has 10 reception for 53 yards on the season and he statistically had his best performance of the season against the New England Patriots, rushing 21 times for 80 yards with an average of 3.8 yards per carry. The big play ability that the Texans have been seeking from Miller has been nonexistent, with his longest run of the season only at 15 yards. His workload is adding up in a hurry and his production needs a boost from both better offensive line play and vision from Miller with the ball in his hands.
“As far as his carries, we have to do what’s best for the team,” said O’Brien of Miller’s workload.
“We have to do what’s best for Lamar. We don’t want to overwork Lamar. I think that’s something that we need to look at, but when we get into the game, dependent on how the game is going he may need to help us more than we thought going into the game and that’s just the way it goes. We’ll keep track of that as the year goes on. We’re very aware of that.” explained O’Brien.
The Texans have to monitor Miller’s workload with the dreaded 400 carry mark that historically slow careers down for NFL running backs looming at his current pace.