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Friday, January 3, 2014
Dolphins must explore options at tailback

By James Walker

The Miami Dolphins need to retool their 27th-ranked offense, and running back is one of the biggest questions on that side of the football.

Tailbacks Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas did not get the job done in 2013. Neither player stepped forward as the primary ball carrier, which provided many frustrating weekends for Dolphins fans.

Miller, who was expected to have a breakout year, rushed for 709 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas, a former second-round pick, rushed for 406 yards and four touchdowns. Both appear more suited for complementary roles off the bench, not as a full-time starter.

So where could the Dolphins look to upgrade? Here are some initial thoughts:
Miami will have solid salary-cap room this offseason. So it would be surprising if the Dolphins stay put at running back with Miller and Thomas next season. Look for Miami to add another option into the mix to improve its ground game.