According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins reportedly have hopes that Lamar Miller “can play the role of LeSean ‘Shady’ McCoy’ — the Eagles’ running back who was wildly productive during Bill Lazor’s year with coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.”
SMITTY: Lamar Miller was on our Upside Board (bold predictions) last season, and let me tell you, he didn’t fail due to lack of talent. That Miami staff last season refused to use the ultra-talented running back, but Bill Lazor has his head on straight. With a 7th-round ADP, we’re looking at mostly ‘high-reward’ and very little risk, folks. He disappointed last year, no question; however, invest once more in the guy given the price tag — the upside is huge! View our 2014 Top 10 Bold Predictions!
According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno “will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week and miss four to five weeks, per ESPN sources.”
SMITTY: While Knowshon Moreno should “technically” be back in time for Week 1, Lamar Miller should have a kung fu grip on that Dolphins’ starting running back job by then; Moreno is not fully conditioned now, it’s hard to imagine him being in shape come Week 1. Miller disappointed me more than anyone last year, as I had him pegged to breakout. However, given his 8th- to 9th-round ADP in redraft, he is well worth the grab, as that’s practically no-risk territory. It was the coaching last year that led to Miller’s underutilization, and while poor decision making could once again rob opportunity, Miller has a nice little window between now and Week 1 to show his elusiveness and Frank Gore-like skill set. Want 2014 projections? Get it here:
UPDATE: According to Jason Cole on Twitter, the knee of Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno is “bad”. He added, “Prob will play, but the issue is how long.”
According to profootballtalk’s Mike Florio, Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno “may need knee surgery”. The report also suggests that if Moreno needs arthroscopic surgery, “he’d likely be ready to go in time for training camp.”
SMITTY: We previously reported that Moreno was sitting out practice, and Lamar Miller was getting the first-team reps — now we know why. Miller was one of my breakout candidates last year, but that Dolphins’ coaching staff refused to let him loose. I stand by all my statements last year, that Lamar can become Frank Gore-good, but he needs to get starter-type carries, something that now might look possible. While most will avoid this situation entirely in 2014, disappointment is actually built into his ADP (9th-round) right now — He is well worth the risk given that ADP. Check out our 2014 projections for both backs:
According to miamiherald.com’s Barry Jackson, Dolphins RB Lamar Miller “remains clearly ahead of Knowshon Moreno for the starting running back job.”
SMITTY: He also had a long touchdown run today, according to reports. Miller was a big-time breakout candidate last year, but his coaching staff refused to use him properly. He remains, by far, the most talented rusher on the roster, and still reminds me a lot of Frank Gore in his prime. He is also a great receiver, so he has sneaky PPR value no matter what. Given the disappointment last year, Miller enters 2014 as a bargain grab, as no one is even considering him as a RB2 or even a high-end flex, so it’s literally a no-risk/high-upside situation. I sure hope we all get to see the player we talked up all last season.