Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Is there really a RB competition in Miami?
By Brent Sobleski
Neither Lamar Miller nor Daniel Thomas have been asked to do too much during the preseason. They've combined for 21 carries with identical 4.1 yards per carry averages. With neither truly getting an opportunity to shine, the Miami Dolphins' running back competition is still going strong according to the team's head coach Joe Philbin.
"I think they both performed well," Philbin told ESPN contributor Adam Caplan. "When they’ve had their opportunities, they’ve both performed well. Obviously Lamar has to catch the ball on 3rd-and-2 when you are wide-open like that. That’s a play you have to make in that critical situation early in a ballgame when you want to start fast. But I think they both had a productive camp, and there is still more to be played before we make a final decision."
Philbin is saying the right things, but the Dolphins allowed Reggie Bush to walk in free agency. Part of the decision was made because the franchise believed it had something in Miller. The competition may not be as wide open as Philbin proclaimed:
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"I am not buying that at all. Not totally sure that Miller is equipped to be a bell cow, but I do know that he is way better than Thomas. Don't believe everything you hear."