In a recent post, Bleacher Report columnist Ian Wharton predicted who the Top 10 Rushers of 2016 will be. Number 4 on that list is Houston’s new feature back, Lamar Miller. Wharton has Miller ahead of Ezekiel Elliott, Doug Martin, David Johnson, LeSean McCoy, and Jamaal Charles. With all the negative press on J.J. Watt and Brock Osweiler out there, it’s nice to see someone actually making a favorable prediction.
The acquisition of Miller has been universally lauded as one of the best off-season signings. Miller is an explosive weapon out of the backfield, who was severely underutilized in Miami. In four years as a Dolphin, he only had 638 carries. To put that into perspective, Arian Foster, in his four most productive seasons, totaled 1,216 carries. Even though Miller averaged 4.6 yards per attempt, Miami coaches never thought it appropriate to give him a heavier load.
I really believe Miller will have a big year for the Texans, just as Wharton has predicted. He thinks Miller will finish with 250 carries, 1,200 yds., and 11 touchdowns. Are you listening fantasy people? Big numbers, big points. Miller is in the perfect situation to put up those big numbers. It’s no secret that Bill O’Brien places huge importance on running the ball.
Last season, the Texans were sixth in the league in rushing attempts. The problem was that they averaged less than 4 yards per carry. Miller should change that. He will get plenty of opportunities to run the ball, and he will also get his fair share of receptions out of the backfield. Miller is strong, elusive, and speedy. He gives the Texans a legitimate home run threat, which is exactly what the doctor ordered.
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