Lamar Miller never quite got his feet on solid ground as a rookie last season. Working behind Reggie Bush and struggling to learn the NFL game, he had just 51 carries, though he averaged a solid 4.9 per. Still, it seems clear that the Dolphins believe in him, because they didn't add any competition for the featured RB role after Bush bolted for the Detroit Lions this offseason. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald had this to say of the Fins' expectations for the second-year back.
"Privately, the Dolphins believe Miller can be not merely a good starting back, but a great one," Jackson wrote.
Miller has been working with fellow Miami Hurricane Frank Gore at Pete Bommarito's Bommarito Performance Systems and has generated some glowing reviews:
"Since Lamar started gravitating toward Frank, his work ethic and mentality are unparalleled," said Bommarito. "... He’s the fastest running back I’ve ever seen."
“His footwork got a lot better," said Gore. "... Lamar is probably the fastest [among Hurricanes RBs Gore, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee]. He reminds me of Portis.”
Perhaps most importantly, teammates have been "impressed with Miller’s improvement in his pass protection."
That element could help Miller secure a three-down role this season. If the Dolphins O-line holds its own and the passing game lives up to expectations, Miller could have plenty of room to run free. He'll be a boom-or-bust option for fantasy squads.