1. Lamar Miller, RB
It’s a common theme now as we have a third running back (of course Ervin was there more for the return game). Defenders of the running game will point out the lack of blocking by the offensive line. That’s not necessarily the best excuse because a rotating line was the norm last year for Houston.
Last week against the 49ers Miller had some decent runs and went for 30 yards on four carries. This week against the Saints he had only 16 yards on six carries.
It’s not enough to start freaking out about, but it is a little alarming considering the contract Miller received in the offseason. In two games he seems hesitant to hit the hole as if he is looking for the big play rather than the sure yardage.
Chances are the former Miami Dolphin will get things going next week against the Arizona Cardinals simply because the third game is usually a dress rehearsal.
Miller averages 4.6 yards per carry in his career and is coming off a year where he had 827 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. He’s also a reliable receiver out of the backfield.
In 2015 Miller caught 47 passes for 397 yards and two more scores. He will get plenty of chances to prove Saturday’s game was an anomaly rather than the norm.