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Lamar Miller wants to be a “featured back”


Dolphins running back Lamar Miller will become a free agent on March 9, absent a new contract to stay in Miami. Wherever he goes, he wants to be the main man in the running game.

I want to be a featured back,” Miller recently told Joe Rose of WQAM in Miami, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “I want the recognition I deserve.”

As a practical matter, it won’t result in a major change to Miller’s weekly workload. As Jackson notes, Miller averaged 15 touches per game the last two years. (Technically, 15.46.) Miller said on Rose’s show that Miller wants to average 20.

Miller also said wants to stay with the Dolphins, for good reason. He played at the University of Miami, when to Miami Killian High School, and was born in Miami. Those dynamics could prompt a lowball from the Dolphins, which could in turn trigger a vapor trail from Miller.

The free-agent market for running backs has been weak in recent years. DeMarco Murray was the exception in 2015, getting a deal worth $8 million per year from Philly. Murray’s performance last year could make it harder for backs like Miller and Doug Martin to get a similar package.

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37 Responses to “Lamar Miller wants to be a “featured back””
  1. raiderinva says: Feb 20, 2016 3:47 PM

    It’s been four years Lamar…. I am pretty sure that The Dolphins want you to be a “featured Back” as well.

  2. footstepsfalco says: Feb 20, 2016 3:47 PM

    Great player, deserves to get paid. Can’t speak though, that press conference is going to be awkward when his next team introduces him.

  3. bmack1224 says: Feb 20, 2016 4:02 PM

    Miller is actually Better than Murray and is ONLY 24 years old I believe. Would be a Top 5 RB behind the Cowboys O-Line….

  4. ariani1985 says: Feb 20, 2016 4:15 PM

    Packers on line 1 thru 10! Yes, our RB situation is that desperate!

  5. smarterfootball says: Feb 20, 2016 4:32 PM

    I don’t think he will find his way back to Miami. Adam Gase has had more of an “RB by committee” approach. Not to mention I don’t think Lamar Smith is worth the money he will want.

  6. phinfan says: Feb 20, 2016 4:33 PM

    I personally think Miami put the breaks on him getting 1,000 yards this year for (contract) reasons. If he was a 3x 1,000 yard back his price would jump. Instead he was short. However leading up to the last 3 games his carries vanished… very odd if you ask me.

  7. djscottyb says: Feb 20, 2016 4:35 PM

    Good player not great.
    1/3 of your yardage last year can in 2 games.
    Wherever you go you need to run tougher Lzmar.
    1 100 yard game vs AFC East in 4 years… Smh

  8. beachsidejames says: Feb 20, 2016 4:48 PM

    In 4 years how many 100 yard games has he had? How many 3rd and short has he converted? How many times has he carried the team to a win? You are what your stats say you are.

  9. huggybear2014 says: Feb 20, 2016 4:50 PM

    I guess we will see how much a potential feature back costs.

  10. mackcarrington says: Feb 20, 2016 5:04 PM

    Is that the same as a “bell cow” back?

  11. fanofpft says: Feb 20, 2016 5:08 PM

    Don’t think many teams feature that anymore. And Ricky Williams asked for the same thing when he was playing on the Fins.

  12. FinFan68 says: Feb 20, 2016 5:17 PM

    Miller could be good. He is shifty and fast and has improved his catching skills. I do believe the coaching staff failed him for the most part. He would be tearing it up early and then not get the ball again the rest of the game. It was odd. Miller also would often get stuffed behind the line on 3rd and 1. If a defender got a hand on him he often went straight to the ground. He is an interesting back. He could snap off a 50 yarder and then get negative yardage on 5 consecutive plays. Some of that was poor coaching and an abysmal line but some of it is also on him. If they do make an offer it will be in the range of 3-4 million per with a modest signing bonus and some incentives. He will not trust he will get the ball enough for the incentives so he will walk and probably be forced to sign a similar deal somewhere else. Miller thinks he’s the man and wants recognition as such but he just doesn’t put forth the necessary effort to be consistent.

  13. beachsidejames says: Feb 20, 2016 5:38 PM

    1st 2 years he couldn’t pick up the blitz and then Moreno was picked up and was better…much better. If you want to be the man then prove it when you have the ball. Can’t demand big money until your consistent.

  14. bjchit says: Feb 20, 2016 5:51 PM

    And his stats say he is vastly underutilized. Thanks for playing James.

  15. ohand16 says: Feb 20, 2016 6:38 PM

    Sorry but that is ridiculous

  16. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Feb 20, 2016 7:22 PM

    Ha. Bell cow back. I understand the parlance but have always found the phrase silly.

  17. jeffberk2014 says: Feb 20, 2016 7:38 PM

    “I want the recognition I deserve” ha, done little. Selfish.

  18. ravens2xworldchamps says: Feb 20, 2016 7:42 PM

    He’s a good back. He should get paid somewhere.

  19. cinfante54 says: Feb 20, 2016 7:52 PM

    All this talk about the Cowboys O-line…how was their run game last year? I thought anybody could run behind them?

  20. misterpositivity says: Feb 20, 2016 7:58 PM

    I’m in a keeper league, and rostered that Ajayi guy, so this news is relevant to my interests.

  21. bsizemore68 says: Feb 20, 2016 7:58 PM

    FinFan68….I have agree with you comments since I’ve been on this blog, you really seem to offer great insight into the nuance of what goes on inside the Miami Dolphins…perhaps the 68 is an indication of your age, mind is 68…however I only wish I was still 68.Thanks for what you add to this blog. William

  22. latenightroach says: Feb 20, 2016 8:31 PM

    It’s a passing league now. RB’s are dime a dozen with a lesser value than before. You can get the same results with two cheap backs by committee, so unless your team is committed to being a “run first” team there’s no point in spending too much for a RB.

    It’s all about having a Franchise QB these days – Down by two scores the running game is just a decoy to keep a defense honest.

    The most important part of a running game is within the last three minutes to keep the ball away from your opponent when you have a slight lead. You’re only as good as your O’line, so unless you’re a stud who can consistently do that and make plays on your own your value is minimal.

  23. aaronitout12 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:48 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 20, 2016 4:15 PM
    Packers on line 1 thru 10! Yes, our RB situation is that desperate!


    Wow, literally can’t go on a AFC East blog without the vikings fans bashing the packers. Losers.

  24. fanofpft says: Feb 20, 2016 9:06 PM

    1st 2 years he couldn’t pick up the blitz and then Moreno was picked up and was better…much better. If you want to be the man then prove it when you have the ball. Can’t demand big money until your consistent.

    If the team is predominantly running out of the shotgun they are better off with power running IMO.

  25. wyrdawg says: Feb 21, 2016 3:15 AM

    Adam Gase is now your head coach.

    Under his direction, Denver became a running back by committee team. Chicago took the second most successful running back in team history and made him part of a running back by committee.

    I’m pretty sure Lamar will to go to another team.

  26. spfripp says: Feb 21, 2016 5:08 AM

    He is by far the most underrated RB in the league. After reading some of these comments, it is amazing how little my fellow fans know of their own players. Is he a featured back? I think he is. The question is is he a work horse? That has yet to be proven as he was under used this past season.

  27. dolphansanity says: Feb 21, 2016 6:56 AM

    At 225 lbs you would like to see him run with some attitude and power which he doesn’t . At that size he should also be strong in pass protection which he isn’t. He runs like a scat back, avoiding hits, never breaks a tackle. He does have the speed to go the distance if he gets into the open field though. Not my kind of back. Let him go. We need a back that can pick up the tough yards on 3rd and short. He isn’t that guy.

  28. beachsidejames says: Feb 21, 2016 9:08 AM

    Inconsistent under achiever that never carried the team in any meaningful way who now wants big money for making no impact 4 years straight. Good back just not a top dollar back. Those are the real stats and real facts anything else is wishful thinking.

  29. barrymichaels61 says: Feb 21, 2016 11:13 AM

    HOF talent no doubts.

  30. fanofpft says: Feb 21, 2016 11:38 AM

    A possible transition tag candidate. If we wont accept a hometown discount. Slap the tag on him at a fraction more than he turned down. Gase should have feelers out for Forte in the meantime.

  31. footstepsfalco says: Feb 21, 2016 12:49 PM

    definitely a player who deserves 15 touches a game. When he does get hot in some games, he should get more, but he is not AP or Jamal Charles or Matt Forte. I’m sorry, i like the player, but he doesnt convert short downs. constantly stuffed for losses, 1 and 2 yd gains.

    On the one hand he feels he could put up bigger numbers with more touches. on the other hand, his stats are soooo padded by a few break outs and running on 3rd and very long. Miller will run 10 times for 10 yards and then 1 time for 40. Watched it all too many times.

  32. silverhornet says: Feb 21, 2016 1:50 PM

    He has CJ Spiller syndrome… not because of his health, he’s been quite healthy (unlike Spiller). No, it’s because he has to tap out after 2 consecutive carries more often than not. Bills fans said the same thing about Spiller a couple of years ago. He hasn’t proven that he can be a featured/bell cow/franchise back and shouldn’t be paid like one until he can prove it. If the Dolphins over pay him (above $5m per) it’ll be a mistake. And some would say even that is too much.

    On the flip side, we have to keep our young / developing players in house. Can’t let Vernon/Miller/Matthews walk away.

  33. cvgibbs says: Feb 21, 2016 4:32 PM

    This guy is about to enter his prime for an NFL RB. Miami has to resign him and build up the offensive line.

  34. saints12013 says: Feb 21, 2016 4:54 PM


    Who is Lamar Smith ???


    I think the Cowboys O-line looked pretty good, I mean every time I watched the Cowboys McFadden was running all over people.

  35. tkroy30 says: Feb 21, 2016 6:33 PM


  36. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 21, 2016 7:10 PM

    You don’t pay big money for a running back, only loser franchises go down that route.

  37. bjchit says: Feb 23, 2016 6:29 PM

    saints12013 says:
    Feb 21, 2016 4:54 PM


    Who is Lamar Smith ???

    A running back for the Dolphins…15 years ago.

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