With many analysts, media and fans expecting second-year RB Lamar Miller to take Reggie Bush’s place as the load-carrier on the ground for the Dolphins, the former Miami Hurricane has turned to a four-time Pro Bowler to help him prepare for the grind ahead.
Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Miller and 49ers RB Frank Gore, who grew up in Coral Gables and also attended the University of Miami, have been working together to ensure that Miller is as ready as possible for 2013.
Jackson writes that the two former Canes have been working out together twice a day this offseason–in the morning with a group of other NFL players and in the evening with just the two of them and a trainer.
Miller told Jackson that “I’ve gotten quicker doing lateral work, and I’ve become more explosive by training every day doing squats on my legs” and that “I’m stronger. Last year, I was kind of lost getting adjusted to the speed of the game and knowing where I’m supposed to be at all times. Now I’m very comfortable with the system.”
Gore indicated that the progress has been easy to see, telling Jackson that Miller’s footwork is much improved since the two began working together.
The 49er isn’t the only one who has noticed improvement, though. Jackson quotes Dolphins QB Matt Moore as being impressed by both Miller’s physical and mental approach.
“As shifty as Lamar is, he’s more of a downhill guy than Reggie. His nature is to go north and south…. You can see during walkthroughs that his leadership has stepped up. He has grabbed it.”
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