Running Back Competition Heating Up in Miami

When Reggie Bush left town, Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller was the heir apparent to his starting position. Up until just a few days ago, Daniel Thomas was little more than an afterthought. But with just two preseason games left to play, the starting job is still completely up for grabs.

The two backs have very different running styles. Thomas is a 6 foot 1, 235 pound power back who loves contact. Thomas is a prototypical third down back, but also has a lot of success as a pass blocker and a pass catcher. Where Thomas is a hammer, Miller is more like a deer. He’s 5-foot-10 and 215 pounds and impresses crowds with his quickness and his ability to sneak by defenders and run in-between the tackles.

Head Coach Joe Philbin recently reported to ESPN that the organization hasn’t selected a starting running back declaring, “I think they both had a productive camp, and there is still more to be played before we make a final decision.”.

During his rookie 2012 season, Miller rushed 51 times for 250 yards and one touchdown. Thomas carried the ball 91 times and finished with 325 yards and 4 touchdowns. Both of these are fairly impressive stat lines for back ups early in their career, but no one is running away with the job during training camp.

 

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