Can Lamar Miller rush for 2,000 yards?
Lamar Miller is one of the best all-around running backs in the NFL.
Houston Texans’ running back Lamar Miller proved to the entire NFL in 2016 that he’s a legit starting running back after being underutilized with the Miami Dolphins early in his career.
There’s no doubt that the Texans will be a run-first team this coming season with either Tom Savage or Deshaun Watson under center. So I’m wondering if Miller can rush for over 2,000 yards.
One thing that separates elite NFL running backs from the rest of the pack is being able to eclipse the 2,000 mark in a single season.
Dan Parzych of FanSided’s NFL Spin Zone has posted a list of the top 20 running backs that could end up with over 2,000 yards in 2017.
Miller is ranked No. 11 on the list. Here’s a portion of what Parzych wrote about Miller:
"As far as which quarterback will be handing the football off to Miller during the 2017 season remains to be seen, but at least Houston feels confident enough in him picking up where he left off last year. In 14 games for the Texans, Miller ended up finishing with 1,073 rushing yards to go along with five touchdowns.Depending on how the quarterback situation plays out, there’s a good chance Houston’s offense could be heavily relying on Miller to produce in the ground game, and if that happens to be the case, there’s a good chance he could be in for a career season. After falling 26 yards shy of setting his career high in 2016, topping those numbers shouldn’t be an issue for Miller heading into his second year with the Texans."
Even though the Texans’ offense will likely be relying on the running game, I don’t expect Miller to rack up over 2,000 yards on the ground.
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Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien has already made it clear that he believes Miller got too many carries last season.
Not to mention, Houston just drafted running back D’Onta Foreman to take some of the load off of Miller.