Dolphins RB Lamar Miller Impressing, Drawing Comparisons to Reggie Bush

Sept. 16, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) runs for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins second-year running back Lamar Miller is doing all the right things this offseason while impressing folks like quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He’s also drawing comparisons to former USC star and Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush.

Miller was underwhelming last season, albeit in spot-duty. He appeared in 13 games and rushed for just 250 yards and one score.

The winds of change are blowing as Tannehill has some high praise for Miller, as does NFL Network’s LaDainian Tomlinson, a man who knows a thing or two about the running back position (via Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald):

Ryan Tannehill said “what impresses me most” about Lamar Miller – the Dolphins’ first-team tailback all offseason – is “he’s picking up pass protections a lot better. Now that he’s got that, he’s going to be a great player.” Former NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, now with NFL Network, said Miller is faster and more explosive than Reggie Bush.

The praise for Miller is great but he’s going to have to show it on the field in a game situation. If Miller has truly picked up pass blocking then he may have what it takes to act as an every down back as his tendency to allow pass-rushers by him en route to the quarterback held him back from more playing time.

 

 

Miller is certainly elusive and fast enough to draft comparisons to Bush. The problem is he’ll have to stay consistent enough and keep his health to actually reach that potential.

After one of the most headline-heavy offseasons in recent memory by bringing in Mike Wallace and a wealth of other big names, add Miller progressively developing to a  long list of things the Dolphins have going for them heading into the season.

 

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Topics: Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins, NFL, Reggie Bush

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  • Tyler Cary

    I love that unlike Bush, Miller is seemingly willing to just attack the line of scrimmage instead on dancing around in the backfield running side-to-side looking for the home run every single time the ball touches his hands m

  • Johnny

    He rushed for “just” 250yd?? Well, that’s because he only had 51 carries!! Averaging “just under 5yds per carry.. I expect big things from Miller this year.. If we add FB Leach, then Miller will get rush for at least 1200 yds… You have Wallace to take out the 8 in the box and will only help Miller to have a great season… Cause it’s Miller Time!!!! Even though I’m a Coors Light guy…. Phins up!!’

  • Alex

    Lamar Miller reminds me of all tha UM RBs all mixed into 1,Miller has break away speed like Clinton Portis,can break tackles like Willis McGaghee&Edgerin James,and hits tha hole in-between tackles and runs hard like Frank Gore,there’s no Reggie Bush in Millers running style,while Reggie liked Salsa dancing all over tha field,Miller hits tha hole and runs north&south for positive yardage,he averaged 5yards a carry,better than Bush,he catches tha football if not better just as well as Bush,tha only area they doubted Miller last season was his pass blocking&blitz pickup, which he had a whole offseason to work on and get stronger at,he’s been working out with Frank Gore and putting in tha work all off-season to become tha #1RB, which is nonsense that all these so called sports experts keep saying whoz gonna b Miami’s starting RB,it’s Lamar Miller you fools! Miller has all tha skills&tools to become a serious threat in not only tha running game but passing game,he’s ready to b a 3down back and I know he’ll b much improved on.3rd downs where he’ll b ready to pass block&pickup bliztes his only so-called weakness,Phinz Offense is loaded with playmakers for 1st time inna long time,Miller will reap tha benefits of Defenses not stackin tha box becuz they’ll b too worried about Mike Wallace,Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson&Dustin Keller, Miller is gonna have a monster season and surprise alotta u haters,Miller will have 5+yards a carry,1300+yards rushing,12+TDs total,25+catches for 300+yards, just my opinion,these numbers are bound to increase as tha season continues and Miller gets better&better and gets more opportunities&touches to do his thing,which is score TDs&make game changing plays! “Haters Gonna Hate”