Sunday, July 31, 2011
Lonyae Miller making most of chance
By Todd Archer
SAN ANTONIO -- With Tashard Choice out with a calf injury and DeMarco Murray battling a hamstring injury, second-year running back Lonyae Miller is getting more work in training camp with the regulars than he could have imagined
So far, so good.
In Sunday’s afternoon practice, Miller was able to gain the edge on Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware because of his speed around the corner. Earlier in practice he bowled over safety Danny McCray.
“Obviously we have two guys go down, so that’s pretty much a good opportunity for me,” Miller said, “I’ve just come in with the attitude that every day I’m going to work on my craft, get better and not worry about where I am on the depth chart.”
Miller played in four of the five games he was on the active roster but did not get a carry. He recovered a fumbled Bryan McCann kick return against Indianapolis and saw his action on special teams. He joined the Cowboys last year as an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State, where he played behind first-rounder Ryan Mathews. As a senior he had 367 yards and four touchdowns, and as a junior averaged 6.8 yards per catch.
Miller was the only tailback at the Cowboys’ player-run workouts at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium.
“Just getting reps with the ones, getting in with Romo. It was a learning experience for me,” Miller said. “The older guys, Witten, Romo, all the guys coached me up and I was able to learn a few things with the calls and the offensive line that’s benefitted me. I’m able to see defenses and know what everybody’s responsibility on offense.”