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Brooks: Lamar Miller Is A Clinton Portis Clone
By on June 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Lamar 2In Lamar Miller, the Dolphins will trot out a different type of running back this year, one more likely to attempt to hit the hole right away.

His predecessor, Reggie Bush, was more likely to dance to find a hole and then hit the gas. So if Miller isn’t really a Bush-type back, who does he run like?

Bucky Brooks, profiling the 2013 Dolphins for NFL.com, picked a guy that should be a familiar one for South Florida sports fans — another former Miami Hurricane.

“I believe Miller is a Clinton Portis clone, with the tools to be a dominant runner in the NFL,” Brooks writes. “He has the speed to turn the corner on outside runs, while also displaying the toughness to pick up the hard yards between the tackles.”

It makes sense — like Portis, Miller also ran track at Miami, and the two have eerily similar builds (Miller is 5-10, 218 pounds; Portis measured up at 5-11, 219 pounds). Portis, of course, was a star immediately, first in Denver, rushing for 1,300+ yards in each of his first four NFL seasons.

It will be interesting to see what type of workload Miller gets; running back appears to be a relatively deep position for the Dolphins, and the offense, in year two with Mike Sherman, likely will continue to evolve. You would expect a team that made such a substantial investment in improving its passing game — the additions of Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller, namely — to de-emphasize the running game, not as indictment of Miller but to allow the offense to reach its optimal effectiveness.

This, though, can be flipped into a positive for Miller. More attention on the outside should mean less bodies in the box, potentially giving the second-year running back the ability to make the most of his opportunities.

“He has exceptional stop-start quickness, which makes him tough to tackle in the hole,” Brooks writes. “With the Dolphins set to use more three-receiver formations to spread the field, Miller’s talents as an all-around runner could shine in Miami this season.”

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Oavery says:

Even with passing being more important than in the past, of the teams which are successful, the vast bulk still have more running than passing plays. Running game is always important to become a playoff team. Hopefully Miller will give us a real threat and hopefully one of the guys behind him will also emerge to allow us to spell him and make the run a threat every play. Miller looks good. The disappointment so far has been Thomas – who is stopped to easily. Having a big back really helps long term.