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Lamar Miller leading Knowshon Moreno in Miami RB competition

Lamar Miller, Chandler Jones AP

In the competition between Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno to be the starting running back in Miami, Miller has taken a big early lead.

A week ago we noted that Moreno was off to an unimpressive start and didn’t appear to be in great shape. Now word out of the Dolphins’ Organized Team Activities is that Miller is having a strong offseason.

He’s had a very good camp,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said of Miller, via ESPN. “This is the time as a third-year player that you’re ready to make a big contribution.”

Reporters on the scene have described Miller as looking like a better fit in new coordinator Bill Lazor’s offense, and have described Moreno as looking a little overweight. When the Dolphins signed Moreno it was with the idea that he’d come in and replace Miller as the starter, but that no longer appears to be the case.

Moreno is coming off his best season, with 241 carries for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns last year in Denver. But it’s a lot easier to put up big numbers in Denver’s offense than it will be in Miami’s offense. Miller has only been so-so in two seasons since the Dolphins took him in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft, but Miller just turned 23 and is only entering his best years as a running back. If Miller continues to improve while Moreno continues to struggle with his conditioning, the job will be Miller’s when the season starts.

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28 Responses to “Lamar Miller leading Knowshon Moreno in Miami RB competition”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 10, 2014 10:52 AM

    But 2 of their first 3 draft picks were OL, so they should be all set there right? Plus a TE and WR with the 2nd and 5th pick to add more complementary talent. It all sounds so good, let’s see what we get!

  2. tscarlato says: Jun 10, 2014 10:55 AM

    Miller looks amazing until he has to block somebody.

    When the hitting starts we’ll see Moreno rise.

  3. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Jun 10, 2014 10:57 AM

    It’s hard to take Miami seriously when it comes to RB evaluations. After all, last year we kept hearing about how Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller were neck-and-neck, when during live game action it was clear Daniel Thomas just didn’t have it. Knowshon will be in line for significant work during the year and should see significant snaps in goal line and 3rd down situations.

  4. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 10, 2014 11:02 AM

    Lamar Miller winning a running back competition… sounds promising.

  5. scrp2 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:05 AM

    Don’t count Moreno out. I hear he’s down to 2 In-N-Out cheeseburgers at lunchtime.

  6. humanbowlingball says: Jun 10, 2014 11:05 AM

    Lamar Miller has a lot of potential. If the new o-line can improve over last year’s disaster, he might surprise. And the Dolphins could be surprisingly good this year given that they have already been written off by the pundits (despite going 8-8 with a bad line that almost got Tannehill killed).

  7. xpensivewinos says: Jun 10, 2014 11:10 AM

    They’ll both play quite a bit. When Moreno was signed, did people think Miller would never see the field again?

  8. ghost26 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:19 AM

    ‘wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Jun 10, 2014 10:57 AM

    It’s hard to take Miami seriously when it comes to RB evaluations. After all, last year we kept hearing about how Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller were neck-and-neck, when during live game action it was clear Daniel Thomas just didn’t have it. Knowshon will be in line for significant work during the year and should see significant snaps in goal line and 3rd down situations.’

    Couldn’t agree more.

  9. scmems07 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:19 AM

    in his rookie year, miller averaged 4.9 ypc, last year with the terrible o line he averaged 4.2 ypc which is not that bad considering. and for those who question his blocking, pff ranked miller the 7th best blocking back in the nfl.

    the only issue with miller is his hands, but if moreno can come in on 3rd down and be the pass catching and blocking back, things will be just fine in south beach and that will be a very good backfield. this offense is tailored for miller’s speed and talents.

  10. irkjames says: Jun 10, 2014 11:22 AM

    Coming from a Dolphins fan, don’t get your hopes up on Lamar Miller.

    I’m a big Canes fan but he cuts very slow. He doesn’t have the best vision either. He also can’t take much contact.

    He’s good on outside runs, maybe even reverses, but he’s a straight-line runner. Not much in his arsenal. Kid can def hit those home runs though.

    Hopefully the offensive line can grant Miami’s backfield some running room after that cry-baby disaster last year.

  11. dolphansanity says: Jun 10, 2014 11:23 AM

    No way Lamar Miller wins the RB competition and if he does the Dolphins are in big trouble. He is slow to the hole (when there is one), he slows down before contact instead of lowering his shoulders and keeping his legs churning which is why he never breaks a tackle, he can’t catch and he cant block. Daniel Thomas is also a complete bust. There is no way Moreno doesn’t win this competition.

  12. ghost26 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:28 AM

    Btw–it’s extremely difficult to evaluate Miller’s season last year since the O-line was abysmal & he kept splitting carries with the plodding Thomas who has no speed or very little strength.

    For all of the Tannehill doubters in & outside of Miami if the O-line sucks you can’t fairly evaluate the QB either. Hopefully Tannehill’s protection will improve so we can see what he’s capable of.

  13. coldwater32301 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:31 AM

    And it should be that way… Lamar Miller will have a breakout year, as well as Moreno making a positive impact on the Dolphins Offense… by committee is the key in today’s football… none the less looking forward to the running game…Indeed…

  14. ghost26 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:32 AM

    xpensivewinos says: Jun 10, 2014 11:10 AM

    They’ll both play quite a bit. When Moreno was signed, did people think Miller would never see the field again?

    Xpensivewinos,

    Of course I thought he’d see the field. However I thought we’d see Miller more as a complimentary back since Moreno is coming off a productive season (in both rushing & receiving) was very good in pass protection for Manning.

  15. phinsfanjoz says: Jun 10, 2014 11:39 AM

    If the Dolphins running back tandem consists of Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno, I’d consider that a win for Miami.

    Even if Moreno is behind Miller, as long as the tandem includes Moreno, I’d say that’s an upgrade over Daniel Thomas.

    Heck, who knows, maybe both Moreno and Miller have a great season. Maybe Moreno is a role-player who makes key plays when Miller’s out of the lineup.

    Unless Moreno falls off the depth chart, I’m not worried about it.

  16. nite2al says: Jun 10, 2014 11:42 AM

    No surprise there. Moreno benefited from runs in the spread offense where Manning was the sole focus of the defense, not the RB.

  17. realnflmaster says: Jun 10, 2014 11:43 AM

    The JETS will wipe the floor with this basement dwelling team. 52-6 and 33-0.

  18. ghost26 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:49 AM

    irkjames says: Jun 10, 2014 11:22 AM

    Coming from a Dolphins fan, don’t get your hopes up on Lamar Miller.

    I’m a big Canes fan but he cuts very slow. He doesn’t have the best vision either. He also can’t take much contact.

    He’s good on outside runs, maybe even reverses, but he’s a straight-line runner. Not much in his arsenal. Kid can def hit those home runs though.

    Hopefully the offensive line can grant Miami’s backfield some running room after that cry-baby disaster last year.

    Irkjames,

    I watched Miller play in college as well & I agree with you. I have yet to see much in the way of elusiveness or the ability to break tackles. He has very good speed but from what I’ve seen he appears to be just a one cut runner.

    As for his durability??? That remains to be seen. He certainly has gotten stronger since he played at the U & he’s still just a kid.

  19. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 10, 2014 11:49 AM

    They’re just trying to put a scare on Moreno. They didn’t pay him that money to sit the bench, and they haven’t been big fans of Miller since they drafted him. Moreno will start.

  20. ghost26 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:55 AM

    phinsfanjoz says: Jun 10, 2014 11:39 AM

    If the Dolphins running back tandem consists of Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno, I’d consider that a win for Miami.

    Even if Moreno is behind Miller, as long as the tandem includes Moreno, I’d say that’s an upgrade over Daniel Thomas.

    Heck, who knows, maybe both Moreno and Miller have a great season. Maybe Moreno is a role-player who makes key plays when Miller’s out of the lineup.

    Unless Moreno falls off the depth chart, I’m not worried about it.

    Phinsfanjoz,

    Agreed. Aside from the very impressive game vs. the Steelers in the snow last year Thomas is simply too slow, too soft, & not very good in pass protection. Regardless of whether Moreno or Miller becomes the starter–Moreno is an upgrade to Thomas.

    I’m hoping one of the younger backs can impress as the 3rd RB & knock Thomas to the curb.

  21. ghost26 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:04 PM

    nite2al says: Jun 10, 2014 11:42 AM

    No surprise there. Moreno benefited from runs in the spread offense where Manning was the sole focus of the defense, not the RB.

    Nite2al,

    That’s true BUT Moreno was also an asset in pass protection (which was not a strength for the RB’s in Miami), he didn’t turn the ball over, & he also caught 60 passes. Anyway you slice it–he’s a clear upgrade to Daniel Thomas who inexplicably split carries last year w/ Miller.

  22. madmax80 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:19 PM

    The Fins resigned Marino??

    Sweet.

  23. jayblack073 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:28 PM

    I have a feeling Knowshon is going back to his old Knowshow days this year with no Peyton and all pro o line

  24. trubroncfan07 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:59 PM

    Knowshon is pacing himself, when he first got to Denver he would play all out in practice and get beat up and injured, the last couple years he scaled it backed and stayed healthy, all are back looked better than him in practice, but the guy comes to play on Sunday’s. He will be fine. Broncos Country wishes him well in MIA this year.

  25. VenerableAxiom says: Jun 10, 2014 1:32 PM

    Different backs for different downs and distance. It doesn’t matter who starts.

  26. mrreality1 says: Jun 10, 2014 2:21 PM

    “They’ll both play quite a bit. When Moreno was signed, did people think Miller would never see the field again?”

    Ywes sadly people are stupid enough to think that. Many non Dolphins fans probably think Dolphins fans are expecting a year like last for Moreno where he put up good numbers playing for the most prolific passing offense of all time.

    Reality is Miami has another RB to share the load that can pick up a blitz something their other backs can’t do. If Moreno is good at nothing else but blitz pickups in Miami this is a good signing. That’s how bad Thomas and Miller were at it in 2013.

  27. lightofkolob says: Jun 10, 2014 2:54 PM

    Eh new coaching staff by week 6…..so who cares what the current coaches think.

  28. uglydingo says: Jun 10, 2014 3:41 PM

    Lazor will be probably looking for more balance between the passing and rushing game. That means that the RBs need to generate a lot more yards.
    While Knowshon Moreno’s performance last year was his best, it was quickly dismissed as just a product of Peyton Manning’s presence on the field. Don’t be surprised if Moreno significantly improves the Dolphin running game. I would also not be inclined to believe these reports that he turned up with a big belly the size of John Jerry.

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