Patriots news: Lamar Miller agrees on 1-year deal with New England, pending physical
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Lamar Miller agrees on 1-year deal with Patriots, pending physical

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The New England Patriots are already crowded at the running back position, but they’ll be adding another guy to the mix. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lamar Miller has agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots, pending a physical.

Miller, who’s been in free agency since March, has been awaiting an opportunity to sign with an NFL team. The hesitation from other teams to sign the veteran running back likely stems from him coming off a season-ending knee injury in 2019. The Miami native tore his ACL in the preseason last year and was unable to play in any games for the Houston Texans. The Patriots are a fascinating landing spot.

Before his unfortunate knee ailment last season, Miller served as Houston’s starting running back from 2016-2018. Altogether, in his three seasons with the Texans, Miller averaged 1,204 scrimmage yards and six total touchdowns. His ability to be effective on the ground and through the air can be beneficial for New England.

On the other hand, the Patriots aren’t necessarily shorthanded at the running back spot. Even before signing Miller, New England already employs Sony Michel, James White, Damien Harris, and Rex Burkhead.

However, Michel’s return is uncertain due to him still recovering from foot surgery this offseason. Provided that, Miller could find himself being thrust into the starting role early on. Or the Patriots could be signing the former fourth-round pick to add even more depth in the backfield.

Of course, Miller’s addition is still reliant on him passing his physical. But if he’s able to prove he’s healthy, Miller is out to prove that he can bounce back in 2020 with the Patriots.

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