Miami Dolphins: Lamar Miller Did Not Impress Against the 49ers

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IDecember 12, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Ryan Tannehill #17 congratulates Lamar Miller #26 of the Miami Dolphins after a touchdown during a game against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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While talks of Reggie Bush and his expiring contract circulate throughout the media, rookie running back Lamar Miller finally took the field this past Sunday and challenged the incredible defense of the San Francisco 49ers.

Quite frankly, it did not go well.

Miller, who has drawn comparisons to Reggie Bush all through the preseason, picked up merely a yard on three carries. Considering the sheer strength of the 49ers defense, we should cut the rookie out of Miami some slack. With Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith breathing down your neck, sometimes positive yardage is just improbable.

But considering the lack of attention head coach Joe Philbin has given Miller, it seems particularly unlikely that Miller's performance will be looked upon positively by the front office.

While Miami's playoff hopes continue to slowly disappear, it is time to start getting a gauge on some of the young talent on the Dolphins roster. And that includes Lamar Miller. Bush has had a relative revival lately as a lead back. Daniel Thomas is still hit-or-miss, as his propensity for inconsistent performances has become the recurring story for his season.

But Miller just needs the opportunity at this point. Dolphins fans want to see what this young back can do. He may have the talent and elusiveness to take Bush's spot without shelling out the hefty contract in the offseason.

Ultimately, Miller should be given the experience needed to make a statement about who he is as a player. He definitely did not impress in his outing against the 49ers. But it was merely a three-carry affair, and Miller cannot be written off because of it.

Philbin needs to feel comfortable handing this rookie the football. If not, then we will never know the type of player Miller can become.