Lamar Miller Comments on Future with Dolphins, More

Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) runs with the ball against the New York Jets during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Brad Penner)
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Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2016

Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller wasn't happy with his 2015 season. He saw his rushing output decrease by more than 200 yards after a 1,099-yard 2014 campaign. It was the third time in four years that he has rushed for fewer than 1,000 yards.

Last season was also the third time in four years that he had fewer than 200 carries. That's not sitting well with Miller, who spoke to WQAM-560's Joe Rose on Saturday (via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald).

"I want to be a featured back. ... I want the recognition I deserve,” Miller said.

With 194 carries in 2015, Miller averaged 12.1 rushing attempts per game. On six different occasions, he had fewer than 10 attempts in a game as he lost carries to Jay Ajayi, Jonas Gray and Damien Williams. 

It didn't help that he played in a Dolphins offense in which quarterback Ryan Tannehill attempted 586 passes.

Miller told Rose that he should be getting 20 touches per game Saturday. He also voiced his confusion toward the end of the season, telling ESPN.com's James Walker that he didn't know why he wasn't getting more carries. 

Walker reported that coaches said that it was because of "injuries or flow of the game or the want to get rookie backup Jay Ajayi more touches, depending on the week."

"Yes [it is frustrating], because I feel like I can help this team win,” Miller told Walker. “I’m pretty sure everyone wants to be on the field competing with their teammates.”

Miller does have an opportunity to search elsewhere for an offense that would make him a featured back. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent when his four-year, $2.5 million contract expires in March.

Yet he told Rose that he would "love to stay" in Miami.

For a running back who has averaged at least 4.5 yards per carry in each of the last two seasons, Miller should see the ball more. Miami's pass-heavy offense isn't working, as the team was 6-10 in 2015 and hasn't had a winning season since 2008.

Giving the ball to Miller and making him a bigger threat in the offense could help open up the passing game and make the Dolphins a dangerous team in the future.

 

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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