Heading into the 2019 season, the Miami Dolphins were predicted by many to be one of the worst teams in the NFL. While that rang true overall, the finish to the campaign leaves hope for the future. In year one under head coach Brian Flores, Miami posted a 3-2 record in its final five games and showed legitimate promise on both sides of the ball.
Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, the consensus is that the Dolphins will take a quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick simply is nothing more than a bridge option and Josh Rosen doesn’t seem to be the long-term solution. Having a franchise signal caller is one of the greatest advantages a football team can have. So expect general manager Chris Grier to make an attempt at turning that dream into a reality.
A sound rushing attack can be a huge help for a developing quarterback. It would be wise for Miami to upgrade at running back. The team finished dead last in the league in both yards per carry and total rushing yards. Neither Kalen Ballage nor Patrick Laird is best suited in a feature back role. An old friend may be able to come to the rescue, though.
Lamar Miller spent his first four seasons with the Dolphins. Over that span, he rushed for 2,930 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also caught 117 balls for 887 yards. That performance parlayed into a four-year commitment with the Houston Texans, where Miller posted mixed results before tearing his ACL in the team’s third preseason game of 2019.
Miller did not carry the ball a single time in the regular season. So although he’s set to turn 29 this season, he has one less year of wear and tear on his body. In his last healthy season, he averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Amassing 1,136 total yards and six touchdowns, he was a solid threat in Houston’s Deshaun Watson-heavy attack.
Because Miller is no longer considered “young” for a running back and is coming off a serious injury, his price should be relatively low this offseason. By reuniting with his old team in Miami, he’d be returning to a franchise that he knows well. In addition to that, he could ease back into the game by sharing carries with either of the other young backs in the rotation. If the ‘Fins draft a running back this year, that could lighten the load even more.
At this stage in his career, Miller has likely received his last long-term deal worth big money. That doesn’t mean he can’t still produce at a high level, though. Miami is a franchise that desperately needs a running back. Miller needs a team that believes in his abilities.
The two may be a perfect match this spring or summer. Lamar Miller should consider going back to where it all started.