AFC East: Lamar Miller

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins (7-7) are on a path towards their sixth consecutive non-playoff season. But one player who is having a consistent season is starting tailback Lamar Miller.

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 Miami’s third-year tailback already set new career highs for rushing yards (829) and touchdowns (six) this season. Miller is just 171 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season, and that goal is within reach with two games remaining against the Minnesota Vikings (6-8) and New York Jets (3-11).

“You know, it would be great just to reach 1,000 yards,” Miller said. “I just have to continue to do what I do, come to work every day and try to get better.”

Miller has thrived in first-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's new scheme. Miami’s spread, quick-hitting offense has allowed Miller to find more creases in the defense and make plays in open space, which are strengths.

This season Miller is doing a much better job of getting to the second level. He's run for a career-high 45 first downs, nearly doubling his previous career best of 26 first downs in 2013. Miller also increased his yards per carry from 4.0 last season to 4.7 this season.

“I think he’s made better decisions running the ball,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “It’s not always perfect, like the quarterback is not perfect every single time in decision-making. He does a good job, and I think he's done a better job. Less shuffling, less dancing, more running.”

Although Miller has improved in several areas, he mentioned there are still things he must work on to become a complete running back. For example, Miller citied pass protection and catching out of the backfield. Taking on blockers has been a struggle for Miller throughout his career, and he's dropped a few passes this season.

But running is Miller's biggest priority and he's done it well. Perhaps what is most impressive is Miller is approaching 1,000 yards rushing without getting nearly as many carries as other feature tailbacks around the NFL. Miller only received more than 16 carries once in a game this season while constantly rotating with backups Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas. But Miller is making the most of his opportunities.

Miller needs to average 85.5 rushing yards in the final two weeks to reach the 1,000-yard milestone.

“Every time I get the ball, I try to make a big play for this team,” Miller said. “Once I get it, I just try to be decisive, make the right reads and use my vision.”
The Miami Dolphins (5-4) saw their three-game winning streak come to an end Sunday in a 20-16 loss to the Detroit Lions (7-2).

Here are five additional thoughts and observations:

The Lions might have provided the first blueprint for stopping Miami's read option. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a lot of success running that play this season and entered the game averaging 7.9 yards per carry. But Detroit made sure to keep a defender on Tannehill, which often forced the handoff to the running back. Tannehill had 0 yards on two carries. Detroit also did a good job of constantly hitting Tannehill during the read option and when passing. That took a physical toll on Tannehill and made him think twice about running.

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It was a lot of fun watching the game within the game between Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. Both players brought their “A” game and made big plays. Johnson beat Grimes deep for a 49-yard touchdown catch in the first half, and Grimes responded with a one-handed interception against Johnson in the third quarter. Still, I’m not sure how you stop Johnson unless a defense constantly double- and triple-teams. Grimes played Johnson about as well as you can, and Johnson still finished with seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Branden Albert’s knee injury means Dolphins rookie first-round pick Ja'Wuan James now is in the spotlight at left tackle. James has been one of the NFL’s top offensive rookies with nine straight starts at right tackle. He has done a good job of plugging the spot right away to protect Tannehill’s front side. But moving to the left side means James must handle the opponent’s top pass-rushers each week. The pressure on James will be higher moving forward.

Dolphins starting running back Lamar Miller didn’t look himself on Sunday. Miller, who has a shoulder injury, gained just 10 yards on four carries. It was clear he was playing hurt. The Dolphins ran the ball just 19 times total, and rookie free-agent pickup Damien Williams led the team with 34 yards on seven carries. It is doubtful Miller will get close to 100 percent before Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Speaking of the Bills, Thursday’s game will mark the third different Buffalo quarterback Miami has faced in the past three games. Last season, Miami native Thad Lewis led the Bills to complete a season sweep over the Dolphins. EJ Manuel led Buffalo to a Week 2 win over the Dolphins in September. This week veteran Kyle Orton will face the Dolphins. Orton has added stability and good decision-making to Buffalo’s offense. He has a 98.4 passer rating with 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
DETROIT – The Miami Dolphins (5-3) received some good injury news Sunday when the team made starting running back Lamar Miller active for its game against the Detroit Lions (6-2). Miller is Miami’s leading rusher with 518 yards and averages 4.9 yards per carry.

Here are Miami’s inactives for Sunday:
The Dolphins are looking for their fourth straight victory. Be sure to check out ESPN.com’s Dolphins page and on Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL for the latest Miami coverage throughout the day.
The Miami Dolphins (5-3) will travel Sunday to play the Detroit Lions (6-2) in a big game for both teams.

Here is a look at Miami’s final injury report:

Out: TE Dion Sims (toe)

Doubtful: G Daryn Colledge (back)

Questionable: RB Lamar Miller (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (ankle), DT Earl Mitchell (abdomen), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring), LB Kelvin Sheppard (hip/groin)

Probable: TE Charles Clay (knee), G Mike Pouncey (hip), LB Jordan Tripp (ankle), DT Anthony Johnson (back), LB Chris McCain (foot),

Analysis: The Dolphins had good participation in practice this week, and most are expected to play. The biggest concern is Miller, who has been limited throughout the week with a shoulder injury. Miller is a big part of Miami’s offense, and backups Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams would share the load if Miller cannot play Sunday. Colledge most likely will miss his second straight game, and backup Dallas Thomas expects to start at left guard. The Dolphins will have two games in four days, which will be taxing physically and mentally for the team. Miami will play its next game Thursday against the Buffalo Bills.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Miami Dolphins' 37-0 victory over the San Diego Chargers:
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    Miami starting running back Lamar Miller injured his shoulder in the second half and didn’t return to the game. But Miller said in the locker room that he was fine and should be ready to go next Sunday against the Detroit Lions. "I'm doing good," Miller said. "It was just a little stinger for the most part, but I'm good. I will get treatment, and I will be all right."
  • Miami's defensive players were happy about maintaining the shutout against San Diego. "You don't see it that much in the NFL," said Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, who had two interceptions. It was the Dolphins' first shutout victory since 2006.
  • Overall it was a festive mood in Miami's locker room. Players were excited about the blowout win and believe it made a statement. The Dolphins (5-3) certainly will command more respect on a national scale after this victory.

The San Diego Chargers (5-3) will travel to face the Miami Dolphins (4-3) in an important game with early playoff implications. Both teams could be fighting for a wild card in the AFC, which would make owning the head-to-head tiebreaker important.

Who will prevail in this matchup? ESPN Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams and ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker discuss:

Walker: Miami has won two in a row and San Diego has lost two in a row, so momentum may be a factor in this matchup. Where are the Chargers in terms of confidence and ending their losing streak?

Williams: The Chargers are a veteran-led group that understands the ebb and flow of an NFL season, so confidence will not be an issue traveling on the road to face the Dolphins. Two of San Diego's three losses have come on the road, against teams that have one loss apiece (Denver and Arizona). San Diego's other loss was a three-point setback to AFC West rival Kansas City at home.

The Chargers don't make a lot of mistakes and generally force opponents to beat them. Coach Mike McCoy is meticulous in his game-day preparation and his staff is skilled in making in-game adjustments. I expect San Diego will be ready for whatever the Dolphins plan to do scheme-wise on both sides of the ball.

The Dolphins are doing a nice job of running, ranked No. 6 by averaging 138 rushing yards per game. How has new coordinator Bill Lazor turned things around on offense?

Walker: Most people expected Lazor to come in and quickly fix the passing game, but he has made his biggest contribution with the running game. Miami's ground game has been consistent, whether it was Knowshon Moreno early, Lamar Miller lately or even quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has three runs of 30 yards or more in the past three games. Lazor has done a good job of spreading out defenses and calling run plays at the right time. His read-option with Tannehill and Miller has been a huge success. Miami's passing game still needs work, but there is progress.

West Coast teams often don't look the same in Miami; San Diego hasn't won here since the 1981 season. How are the Chargers combating that and will the 10-day layoff help?

Williams: Although West Coast teams traditionally struggle in early games traveling east, the Chargers have been relatively successful of late, posting a 7-5 record in 10 a.m. PT games since 2012. The extra days off have given this banged-up team a chance to get some players healthy, and with Philip Rivers controlling the offense, the Chargers are competitive more times than not. One of the keys for San Diego will be the possible return of running back Ryan Mathews. Out for the past six games with an MCL sprain, the Fresno State product could help provide some much-needed balance to San Diego's offense if healthy and cleared to play on Sunday.

After starting 1-2, the Dolphins have won three of their past four games to get back into the AFC playoff race. What has been the difference?

Walker: Part of it is the schedule. The Dolphins cannot hide from that fact. All three of Miami's victories during this stretch have been against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7), Oakland Raiders (0-7) and Chicago Bears (3-5). Those are bad teams the Dolphins must beat if they want to be considered playoff contenders, and to their credit they took care of business.

The Dolphins are 1-3 against teams with winning records. That is why this game against San Diego is such a good measuring stick of where the Dolphins stand. Miami's next four opponents have a combined record of 22-9 (.709 winning percentage), so we are going to find out quickly whether the Dolphins are contenders or pretenders.

San Diego was banged up before its previous game against the Broncos. Where are the Chargers injury-wise heading into Sunday's game?

Williams: The Chargers should be in a better place health-wise. Four weeks ago against Jacksonville, the Chargers barely had enough healthy bodies to fill 46 spots on the active roster. Along with Mathews, cornerback Brandon Flowers and running back Donald Brown are possibilities to return from concussions. Pass rushers Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Cordarro Law (ankle) also should have a chance to make it back on the field on Sunday. Offensive linemen D.J. Fluker (ankle) and Rich Ohrnberger (back) have been playing with injuries, so the extra time should work in their favor as well.

The Dolphins are No. 3 in passing defense, holding teams to just 212 passing yards a game. How does the front seven set the tone?

Walker: Miami's front four are the strength of the entire team. The Dolphins have waves of good players, starting with defensive ends Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon and defensive tackles Jared Odrick, Earl Mitchell and Randy Starks. Miami also is getting contributions off the bench from Derrick Shelby, Chris McCain and Dion Jordan, who recorded a couple of tackles in his first game off suspension. This group sets the tone for the defense. The Dolphins' linebackers have been inconsistent with the exception of Jelani Jenkins, who leads Miami in tackles (53) by a wide margin.

The Miami Dolphins (2-3) will play the Chicago Bears (3-3) Sunday in a big game for both teams.

Here is the final injury report for Miami:

Doubtful: S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)

Questionable: C Samson Satele (hamstring)

Probable: LT Branden Albert (elbow), RB Lamar Miller (knee), QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle), CB Cortland Finnegan (neck), WR Brandon Gibson (hamstring), WR Brian Hartline (finger), LB Koa Misi (ankle), G Shelley Smith (knee), G Dallas Thomas (shoulder), LB Philip Wheeler (shoulder, thumb),

Analysis: The Dolphins are going into this game relatively healthy. Wilson is the only player not expected to play in Chicago. He has missed practice all week with a hamstring injury and will leave a void as the nickel cornerback. Young corners Will Davis and/or Jamar Taylor must step up in sub packages and could see more reps this week when the Bears use three-receiver sets. Satele will be a game-time decision, but the Dolphins have options. If Satele can’t go, Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey will go back to his natural spot after playing guard last week in his first game back. I always thought Pouncey should play center anyway, where he is most comfortable. Minor injuries to Miller, Tannehill and Albert will not impact their playing status. All three will play.

Dolphins-Packers injury report

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The Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers are getting closer to their Sunday showdown at Sun Life Stadium.

Here is Thursday's injury report for both teams:

Dolphins (2-2)

Limited participation: RB Knowshon Moreno (elbow), LB Koa Misi (ankle), CB Cortland Finnegan (neck), WR Brandon Gibson (hamstring), C Samson Satele (fibula), G Shelley Smith (knee), DT Randy Starks (back), WR Mike Wallace (foot), LB Philip Wheeler (shoulder)

Full participation: LT Branden Albert (shoulder), LB Jelani Jenkins (abdomen), TE Charles Clay (knee), RB Lamar Miller (foot), G Dallas Thomas (shoulder)

Packers (3-2)

Did not practice: WR Jarrett Boykin (groin), DE Datone Jones (ankle)

Limited participation: OT David Bakhtiari (back), LB Sam Barrington (hamstring), DT Josh Boyd (knee)

Analysis: The Dolphins had perfect attendance for the first time this week after Finnegan and Gibson both joined practice as limited participants. Miami should be nearly at full strength in this game. The only real question mark is Moreno, who is still trying to feel his way through wearing an arm brace. I asked Moreno in the locker room Thursday what's complicated about the brace, and he responded "everything." His status most likely will be determined Sunday.
Miami Dolphins tailback Knowshon Moreno started his 2014 season with a bang in Week 1. Moreno led all rushers during the opening weekend of games with 134 rushing yards. But his elbow injury in Week 2 put a damper on his hot start.

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Now, Moreno is waiting for his next opportunity to produce on the field. He’s missed the past two games but returned to practice for the first time on Monday.

“It’s disappointing because you just want to be out there helping your team out, but it’s part of the game,” Moreno said. “Those things happen. I just have to fight back and do whatever you have to do in the training room to get back on the field, and once you are on the field just do what you have to do.”

There was a report last week Moreno expects to miss four more weeks. But Moreno returning to practice Monday is a strong indication it won’t be that long before he returns to the field. The Dolphins also released backup running back Orleans Darkwa on Monday, which could be another indication of Moreno returning sooner than later.

Miami’s running game has remained strong even with Moreno out of the lineup. The Dolphins are ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing at 142.3 rushing yards per game. Starter Lamar Miller is averaging 5.7 yards per carry and Damien Williams contributed off the bench.

“They are doing their thing,” Moreno said of his fellow running backs. “The work they put in throughout the week prepares them for each week to go out, try to have a balanced offense, compete and try to come out with a win. They are doing a good job and everyone is working hard just to get better than we were the last few weeks.”

The Dolphins are getting healthy at a key time. In addition to Moreno, Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey and starting middle linebacker Koa Misi are also practicing and preparing to play. Miami (2-2) will need all its key players this week in order to beat the streaking Green Bay Packers (3-2).

W2W4: Miami Dolphins

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LONDON – The Miami Dolphins (1-2) are taking their show overseas this weekend when they will face the winless Oakland Raiders (0-3).

Here are four things to watch in this game from Miami’s perspective:

Tannehill’s response: It’s been a tough week for Miami starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Last Sunday, Tannehill had his third consecutive subpar performance to start the season, and he didn’t receive a public endorsement from Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin this week. Tannehill admitted that it “doesn’t feel good.” But Tannehill knows he must turn it around quickly. This is the first sight of major adversity Tannehill has faced as Miami’s starting quarterback. For more than two seasons, Tannehill has been untouchable as a former first-round pick. Now, Tannehill appears to be playing for his job at any given week, and he must play well against Oakland to regain his confidence.

Fast start: The Dolphins have established an ugly trend of starting slow in games. Miami has been outscored 43-13 in the first half this season. The Dolphins have trailed all three games at halftime to the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. Philbin said it’s on him to have his players ready to perform from the outset. In reality, Miami has only played one strong half in three games, which was the second half against New England.

Miller momentum: Miami starting tailback Lamar Miller is quietly putting together a good season. Miller is averaging a career-best 5.8 yards per carry and faces a Raiders’ defense that is ranked 31st against the run. Miller stepped up last week in the absence of Knowshon Moreno (elbow). Miller rushed for 108 yards on 15 carries, and it was Miller’s first 100-yard rushing performance since Oct. 31, 2013. The Dolphins and Miller should be able to take advantage of Oakland’s porous run defense.

Offensive malaise continues for Miami

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- There was a lot of hype and hoopla surrounding the Miami Dolphins' new-look offense this offseason.

First-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who came from the Chip Kelly school of offense, was expected to bring an innovative style to Miami that was up-tempo and able to quickly put points on the board. Even Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said in training camp that he viewed 25 points per game -- or 400 points in a season -- as a successful bar for his team.

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AP Photo/Wilfredo LeeProtecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill was again an issue for Miami in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
But after three games, the Dolphins’ new offense is mostly firing blanks. As a result, Miami (1-2) suffered a 34-15 blowout loss at home to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs (1-2).

The Dolphins have averaged just 12.5 points per game in the past two weeks. The "new look" is showing some of the same old mistakes that were made previously under former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.

Many people in Miami have their jobs on the line this season, and the Dolphins can't win many games with the offense unable to consistently move the football.

Why is the offense struggling? There are myriad reasons. Here are a few worth noting:

  • Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is not making the proper strides in Year 3. Lazor is asking a lot of Tannehill, and so far he’s proving to be unable to carry the team. Tannehill currently has a career-low completion percentage of 56.5 percent in three games. His passer rating of 74.1 also is a career low. The Dolphins can only go as far as Tannehill can lead them, and so far it’s not looking promising. "It's still early in the season, so I have confidence that we can get this thing turned around," Tannehill said. "But it has to happen now. I said that last week and we didn't get it done."
  • There have been questionable play calling by Lazor and poor clock management by Philbin. On Sunday, the Dolphins called passes on second-and-1 and third-and-1 early in the fourth quarter, which resulted in an incomplete deep pass to Mike Wallace and a quarterback sack. Miami had the running game going -- Lamar Miller rushed for 108 yards -- and went away from it at a curious time. The game went downhill from there.
  • The offense has been unable to sustain scoring drives. The Dolphins' longest touchdown drive was for 19 yards, which followed a Chiefs turnover. In fact, 12 of Miami's 15 points were set up by the defense and special teams. Defensive tackle Jared Odrick forced a fumble on Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith to set up a short touchdown. Miami's defense also got a safety and rookie Jarvis Landry returned a kick 75 yards to set up a field goal.
  • The Dolphins had three drops in the first quarter, which killed any momentum in the first half.
  • Pass protection, which was the offense's biggest issue last season, remains a problem. The Dolphins allowed four quarterback sacks for the second week in a row. Tannehill has been sacked nine times in three games.

There are no easy fixes. Leaks are springing up in various areas and Philbin said "everything" is on the table in terms of making improvements.

The good news is Miami will play another winless team, the Oakland Raiders. The game will be played in London, where the Dolphins hope to find their identity.

"We have to determine what we're going to do," Philbin said. "We have to go back to work. We gotta go across the Atlantic Ocean and we have to play better."

Rapid Reaction: Miami Dolphins

September, 21, 2014
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the Miami Dolphins' 34-15 loss at Sun Life Stadium:

What it means: The Dolphins (1-2) are in the middle of a two-game losing streak and lost to a previously winless Chiefs (1-2) team. Miami’s offense is struggling. The Dolphins are averaging just 12.5 points per game the past two weeks. There are major questions brewing on that side of the ball. Miami’s defense also didn’t play its best game and suffered from missed tackles and blown assignments.

Stock watch: Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins' stock is on the rise. In his second career start, Jenkins recorded 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Jenkins also was credited for a safety in the third quarter. Jenkins led the Dolphins with 14 tackles in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills. With the way Jenkins has played since replacing the injured Dannell Ellerbe (hip) in the starting lineup, the Dolphins might be on to something.

Slow starters: The Dolphins have an ugly, recurring trend of slow starts. Miami trailed the Chiefs 14-3 at intermission and gave a winless team confidence on the road early. The Dolphins have been badly outplayed in the first half this season and trailed at intermission in all three games. Miami has been outscored 43-13 in first and second quarters this season.

Game ball: Dolphins starting running back Lamar Miller took the reins for the injured Knowshon Moreno and ran well for Miami. Miller rushed for 108 yards on 14 carries. It was Miller’s first 100-yard game since Oct. 31, 2013.

What’s next: The Dolphins will have their longest road trip of the season in Week 4. Miami will travel to London to play the winless Oakland Raiders (0-3). Oakland lost to the New England Patriots 16-9 in Week 3.
DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins (1-1) continued their preparation for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs (0-2).

Here are some thoughts on Miami’s second practice:
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    The Dolphins did not get any good news with the change of the NFL and NFLPA’s drug policy. Defensive end Dion Jordan and safety Reshad Jones will continue to serve their four-game suspensions for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and obviously absent from practice. The NFLPA released a statement of the players who can return under the new policy. That includes safety Orlando Scandrick of the Dallas Cowboys and receivers Stedman Bailey of the St. Louis Rams and Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos. Jordan and Jones will be eligible to return for Miami’s Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers.
  • Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey practiced for the second day in a row, which is a good sign of his progress. In addition, Wednesday was a full-padded practice. That was a first for Pouncey as well. Pouncey believes he can play in Sunday’s game against Kansas City but understands the decision will be made by Miami’s coaching and medical staff. In the meantime, Pouncey needs as much practice as possible to shake off the rust.
  • Dolphins starting guard Shelley Smith (knee) did not practice Wednesday in the portion open to the media. This is the second practice Smith has missed, which is not a good sign for his chances to play on Sunday. Miami linebacker Koa Misi and rookie defensive end Terrence Fede also did not practice during the media viewing portion.
  • The Dolphins reportedly worked out former San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James on Tuesday but did not sign him to a contract. Miami has four healthy running backs to take into Sunday’s game in Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas and rookies Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa.
DAVIE, Fla. -- Lamar Miller failed to consistently produce last season when the Miami Dolphins made him a feature tailback. The Dolphins were 27th in rushing with Miller leading the way and he finished with just 709 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games.

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Still, that hasn't shaken Miller's confidence now that the opportunity has come once again to lead Miami's offense in 2014. Knowshon Moreno's elbow injury, which is expected to sideline him for several weeks, has opened the door for Miller to get more carries.

Miller is averaging a career-best 4.8 yards per carry this season in two games. The Dolphins (1-1) hope that continues when they host the Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

"I'm looking forward to it," Miller said. "Every running back wants the ball in their hands. So I feel like the more carries you get, the more comfortable you get with the team you're going against. I'm pretty up for the challenge."

Miller started both games for Miami, but in reality he was the Dolphins' No. 2 option. After signing Moreno, the Dolphins found a good niche with Miller as a change-of-pace back.

However, Miller is back in the lead role that he struggled with last season. The Dolphins only gave Miller 20 carries or more once in 16 games. Miller is aware this may be the type of smash-mouth game where Miller has his number called a lot.

"I wish it was here tomorrow, but we've got to prepare and just get ready for this upcoming game," Miller said. "I'm going to do anything to help this team win."

Behind Miller, the Dolphins also will rely on rookie backups Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa. Miami also re-signed former Dolphins draft bust Daniel Thomas on Monday, but he's not expected to have a major role with limited practice time.

Williams, who has shown promise as an undrafted rookie, is expected to assume the No. 2 tailback role behind Miller. He rushed for 19 yards on five carries last week in a 29-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Miller and Williams should get a bulk of the carries Sunday against the Chiefs, who are ranked No. 23 against the run.

"I'm very hungry. You've got to stay that way," an eager Williams said. "Being able to do what I did and then that last Sunday's game, being able to get a couple of carries, that showed that the coaches trust me to have the ball in my hands and do what I've been doing."

The Film Don't Lie: Dolphins

September, 15, 2014
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A weekly look at what the Miami Dolphins must fix:

A position of strength for the Dolphins has now become a position of weakness after two games. Miami’s running back corps suffered a major blow with leading rusher Knowshon Moreno sidelined with an elbow injury. Early reports indicate Moreno could be out approximately one month.

How do the Dolphins fix this issue? It will be up to Lamar Miller and backups Damian Williams and Orleans Darkwa to step up and carry the load. So far that hasn’t been the case when Moreno isn’t in the lineup. On Monday, Miami also signed Daniel Thomas, who was cut by the team before the regular season.

The Dolphins average 5.5 yards per carry with Moreno running the ball this season. The other three running backs are averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Moreno also has more rushing yards (138) this season than Miller, Williams and Darkwa combined (133).

Miami will need more production from this trio to keep the offense balanced.

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