Ranking AFC South Units: Running Backs

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2. Texans

I can understand the skepticism from some people on Lamar Miller, I was there myself at first. He was underused in Miami and was very inconsistent last year, but he’s a young player who may just be entering his prime. He was underused in Houston so he still could have somewhat fresh legs and not be as worn down for a back going into his fifth year.

Nov 22, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end
Nov 22, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end /

The last two seasons Miller has found the end zone 16 times on the ground and three times through the air. He’s a capable dual threat back and will see a lot of touches this season, so there will be no excuses for not putting up big numbers. He ran for over 1,000 yards in 2014 for the Dolphins, and I think needs to equal or exceed that number for the Texans to repeat as division champions.

After that the Texans have Alfred Blue, who led the team in rushing last season (with a measly 698 yards) but some think needs to go, Jonathan Grimes, rookie Tyler Ervin and others. None of those guys are going to get a lot of action this season unless Miller chronically underachieves or gets hurt. But if Miller realizes his full potential, he could make the Pro Bowl and move the Texans up to the top of this list.