The Houston Texans are hoping to take another step forward on offense in 2019. The offense can reach its full potential if Lamar Miller can get more involved in the offense.
Back in 2016, Houston signed Miller in free agency to improve their rushing attack. His first season with the Texans looked impressive with 268 carries for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns.
Although, Miller was supposed to be a dual-threat weapon but has yet to show his versatility in the Texans offense. Plus, Miller has struggled to consistently be effective in the offense in the last two seasons.
The veteran running back has failed to reach 1,000-yards rushing in the last two seasons and hasn’t had more than 400 receiving yards in any season with the Texans.
Now, in 2019, Houston is hoping to get more out of Miller in his fourth season with the team. What numbers should we expect from Miller in the upcoming season?
Here are three numbers to target for Lamar Miller in 2019.
3. 1,000 Rushing Yards
As mentioned before, Miller has struggled to surpass 1,000-yards on the ground in the last two seasons. The Texans offense is one of the best in the NFL with Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins being a talented duo in the NFL.
For Houston to have a successful season on offense, they’ll need a better version of Miller this season. Last season, the Texans allowed 62 sacks and will need a potent running game to take some of the pressure off of Watson.
In 2018, the Texans were the eighth-ranked rushing offense in the NFL but Watson accounted for 551 of the yards. As for Miller, one of his goals should be to rush for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career since 2016.
If Miller can achieve this feat, the Texans offense should be rolling through opposing defenses on their way to another playoff bid.
2. 35 Receptions
Before Miller arrived in Houston, the Texans had hopes that Miller could be a dynamic weapon in the offense through the air and on the ground. That hasn’t entirely been the case for the veteran running back.
In the three seasons with the Texans, Miller has averaged just 31 receptions, 226 yards, and nearly two touchdowns per season. Hopefully, in 2019, Miller can improve those numbers to help the offense take a step forward.
So how many receptions can be expected from Miller in his eighth season in the NFL? It shouldn’t be too hard for the Texans running back to corral 35 or more passes from Watson in 2019.
1. 7 Total Touchdowns
In Miller’s three seasons in Houston, he has struggled to find the end zone and has gotten six total touchdowns in each season. That means Miller has the dreaded “six-six-blank” streak of touchdowns in the NFL.
For my safety, I avoided including the last six so there’s no curse that can come my way. In 2019, Miller is hoping to reverse his fortunes and get over the six-touchdown hump.
That means Miller is searching for lucky number seven in touchdowns this season. That includes touchdowns on the ground and through the air. If Miller can get more touchdowns in the offense, the Texans should be in a solid position come playoff time.