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Lamar Miller looks better as a pass blocker

Lamar Miller, Chandler Jones AP

With Reggie Bush giving the Lions visions of a revved-up offense, the Dolphins are handing the running back job to the combination of Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas and Mike Gillislee.

Miller, a fourth-round pick last year, has been installed as the favorite to lead any rotation in the Miami backfield, but he’s coming off a rookie year that saw him used sparingly on third downs. Part of that was Bush’s presence, of course, but there was also a question of whether he could handle the pass protection responsibilities needed on passing downs. Based on word out of Miami, that issue is fading from view.

Coach Joe Philbin praised Miller’s improvement as a pass blocker earlier this month and quarterback Ryan Tannehill has also hopped aboard that train. Tannehill cited the same thing when asked what impresses him the most about Miller.

“He’s picking up pass protections a lot better,” Tannehill said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “Now that he’s got that, he’s going to be a great player.”

He’s also going to be a player that can stay on the field for all three downs, giving him a much better chance of becoming the feature back in a Miami offense that should be improved this season with the arrival of wide receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Dustin Keller.

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20 Responses to “Lamar Miller looks better as a pass blocker”
  1. hehateme2 says: Jun 24, 2013 9:43 AM

    Faster, stronger and hits the hole better than Reggie.
    Reggie was a great teammate but Miller could be something special.

  2. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 24, 2013 10:09 AM

    The Dolphins are a terrible franchise. They are the third best team in Florida. I would look for them to finish last in their division next season.

  3. triplehops says: Jun 24, 2013 10:26 AM

    Can’t wait to see him full time.

  4. bchapman2011 says: Jun 24, 2013 10:28 AM

    Just curious what everybody is basing this improvement off of. He might be improved but how in the world can you tell until they put pads on and contact is allowed? We won’t know if he has truly improved until preaseason.

  5. jimmymarlinsfan says: Jun 24, 2013 10:31 AM

    Colts, keep dreaming.

    Signed,
    Reality

  6. cubancigar10 says: Jun 24, 2013 11:29 AM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 24, 2013 10:09 AM

    “The Dolphins are a terrible franchise. They are the third best team in Florida. I would look for them to finish last in their division next season.”

    Don’t you have anything better to do like:

    -helping your mommy clean up your eating area
    -playing in the pen
    -going to preschool classes and developing your social skills

    You usually go to a site that has people sharing your views and makes you feel good. NOT just randomly sticking your head in a forum and shouting out garbage nobody wants to hear. Unless one is totally immature and needs attention. For THAT you are excused, but you still must go to your room.

  7. finhead17 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:00 PM

    I couldn’t believe that Lamar Miller slid to the 4th round. I do believe he will be one of Ireland’s greatest draft picks. No dancing at the line, just straight line running, hit the hole, and hit it fast. He’s got solid hands and just to hear that his pass blocking is improving makes me believe that he could end up as one of the best all around backs in the NFL.

    And to all those people that were saying Lamar Miller who?

    You’re about to find out.

  8. thechronicjoker says: Jun 24, 2013 1:19 PM

    We still look better then the Jets and that fisacal in NE.

  9. wannstache says: Jun 24, 2013 1:21 PM

    There is way too much talking coming out of the Dolphins camp, which is always a bad sign. They have proven nothing yet, and won’t be able to until the actual season starts. Shut it, Philbin. Only school-age kids fall for that hype. Bottom line is, Miller fell to the fourth round for a reason, and he’s a downgrade from Reggie Bush. Period.

  10. kev86 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:29 PM

    Sliding him up my fantasy RB board

  11. drastrozoom says: Jun 24, 2013 1:30 PM

    bchapman2011 says:

    Just curious what everybody is basing this improvement off of. He might be improved but how in the world can you tell until they put pads on and contact is allowed? We won’t know if he has truly improved until preaseason.

    We’ll have a better idea once the pads are on, but what you CAN judge in shirts and shorts is reaction time and knowing one’s proper zone and assignment. Based on OTA’s, Miller has advanced in this department. So while we have to wait to see how well he can hold a block, we can be reasonably sure he’ll be missing less of them.

  12. jrcoop says: Jun 24, 2013 2:37 PM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 24, 2013 10:09 AM

    The Dolphins are a terrible franchise. They are the third best team in Florida. I would look for them to finish last in their division next season.
    —————————————————
    No, a terrible franchise is one who’s owner packs up the team and leaves town in the dark of night.

    Here’s another little history lesson for you:

    Dolphins > Colts
    Heat > Pacers
    Marlins > nobody

    You’re an Irsay.

  13. chestwick says: Jun 24, 2013 2:42 PM

    ireland traded up to get miller as well….reggie was fun to watch but he strikes out a lot…hits a home run every now and then…hard to sustain drives when you run…1, -1, 2, 1 and 30….miller will hit the whole hard and fast every time…he’s not a fantasy sleeper for no reason

  14. jrcoop says: Jun 24, 2013 2:49 PM

    wannstache says: Jun 24, 2013 1:21 PM

    There is way too much talking coming out of the Dolphins camp, which is always a bad sign.
    ————————————————-
    Really? We’re talkin’ bout practice. They said he’s improved his blocking assignments; not that he’s leading them to Super Bowl. That said, he probably will be better than Bush this year.

  15. patswagg says: Jun 24, 2013 3:30 PM

    I am a huge believer in Lamar Miller, he is a stud! If he stays healthy, he will be something Special! I just do not like how alot of Dolphins players talking about how much better they have gotten. I do like that they believe in each other and all.. but they are starting to put alot of pressure on their selves..

  16. markeyh says: Jun 24, 2013 4:23 PM

    I am a huge Bush fan and I wish we would have found a way to keep him. But I look forward to seeing our young RB’s in action

  17. tfaulk says: Jun 24, 2013 5:10 PM

    “Just curious what everybody is basing this improvement off of. He might be improved but how in the world can you tell until they put pads on and contact is allowed? We won’t know if he has truly improved until preaseason.”

    Someone else already answered but… A LOT.

    Pass protection as a RB generally just involves chipping or redirecting a pass rusher. So evaluating a RB pass protection skills generally means his ability to read the defense, to be in the right position, reaction time… it has little to do with whether or not he’ll get run over (that should still be sufficient to slow the blitzer down) and more to do with whether he’s looking in the right direction, got into the right spot, sets his feet, and can explain why he did what he did.

  18. stickershocker says: Jun 24, 2013 6:24 PM

    Why does every single article about the Dolphins, no matter what the topic, have to mention that they signed Mike Wallace and Dustin Keller? Who doesn’t know this by now? Only someone who doesn’t care, I bet.

  19. finfan1985 says: Jun 24, 2013 6:40 PM

    He slid to the 4th because of injury concern nothing more he was rated top 5 running back in the draft

  20. phinatic27 says: Jun 25, 2013 6:54 AM

    Hey ColtsWinColtsWin!!

    The Dolphins are a terrible franchise. They are the third best team in Florida. I would look for them to finish last in their division next season.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Don’t u mean the Colts are the third best team in Indy?

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