Miami Dolphins: Why Lamar Miller Deserves More Carries

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IOctober 10, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins hands off the football to running back Lamar Miller #26 during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Dolphins 24-21 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It is no secret around the NFL; the Miami Dolphins are incredibly deep in the running back position.

Reggie Bush has the potential to push a rushing title this season and Daniel Thomas has the bruiser mentality that allows him to fight his way into the end zone.

But where does that leave Lamar Miller?

Miller, who excelled at running back for the University of Miami Hurricanes, was pegged as one of the top running backs in the 2012 Draft class. There was discussion amongst NFL analysts that he might just go in the first round in the draft, particularly because of his sheer talent and athleticism.

Come draft day, it was a depressing sight for Miller. He saw his stock plummet and by the fourth round, he still remained unpicked. Despite the Dolphins' depth at the running back position already, Miami felt that Miller was too talented to let slide and nabbed him with the second pick in the fourth round.

Already close to home as a Hurricane, Dolphin fans quickly rejoiced over the selection, but it was not until the start of the regular season that Miller made it clear that he was a steal of the draft.

To this point, the young back has amassed 126 yards on 23 carries, averaging an astronomical 5.5 yards a carry.

In crunch time against the Oakland Raiders, Miller was given the reigns as the lead back with Thomas out for the game with a concussion. On just 10 carries, Miller lead the way with 65 yards and a touchdown, assembling quite the highlight reel on his own.

While Bush battles an injury and Thomas struggles with consistency, the Miami Dolphins should delegate carries to an apparent running back of the future, Lamar Miller.

Miller has tons of untapped potential and with experience, he can morph into a solid starting running back and add an additional dimension to an already dynamic Miami offense.