Lamar Miller is in the final year of a four-year contract with the Houston Texans. Unfortunately for both sides, Miller spent his final season in Houston on injured reserve with a torn ACL. His body of work in Houston was not impressive and this could lead to him being on the third NFL team of his career.
As a member of the Texans, Miller played 44 games. He ran for 1,000 yards just once and did not exceed five rushing touchdowns in any season. Prior to this injury, Miller had missed just seven games since 2012. He was never one to be injured, but he was a player who seemed to live off potential. Miller never had that one breakout season. His best year was in 2014 with the Miami Dolphins. Miller ran for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns in that season.
There is no doubt that a team will take a chance on Miller following his injury. One team to keep an eye on is the Detroit Lions.
Lions Desperately Need Help at RB
It feels like there has not been a running back in Detroit since Barry Sanders. The Lions have been one of the worst rushing teams, not just this season, but over the last decade. To put it in perspective, Kerryon Johnson rushed for 101 yards in a game last season against the New England Patriots. He became the first running back to rush for 100 yards in a game since Reggie Bush on Thanksgiving Day in 2013.
There have been many rushers between the two 100-yard games from Bush and Johnson. The likes of Joique Bell, Theo Riddick, George Winn, Zach Zenner, Ameer Abdullah, and LeGarrette Blount have all been in the Lions’ backfield. This season, it has not been much better,
Johnson went down with an injury and that left the Lions in search of their next back. Bo Scarbrough has stepped in and averaged 4.2 yards per carry. Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic have also gotten a chance. It is safe to say that the Lions will need a running back for the 2020 season.
Miller’s name will be thrown around in the conversation. The Lions need credibility. At least Miller has a name that means something. He has been viewed by many as a capable three down back. While this may not be the case, he will come cheap. Miller and Johnson can also help each other. They will take pressure off one another and manage the workload as they both return from injuries.
For Detroit, this seems like a low risk, high reward move that will be available for them come free agency.