23 carries. 20 yards. They're the Dolphins' rushing stats from Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns.
Lamar Miller received much hype heading into the regular season, but he was nowhere to be seen in Cleveland. The University of Miami product was constantly under pressure from defensive lineman after receiving the handoff, but that is no excuse for some of his vision miscues. There were several occasions where Miller had a clear hole to run through, but he instead chose to run forward into pressure. Another awful aspect of his game from Sunday was his poor aniticipation. A vital skill for a RB to have is the awareness to know what his first move will be after receiving the ball, this can be the difference between running into a pass rusher and finding a hole.
Daniel Thomas wasn't much better than Miller on Sunday. But his anticipation and awareness was clear on a number of plays. The most important example of this was the Dolphins' final rushing touchdown. A quick burst followed by a leap left no chance of a stop, something I'm not sure that Miller would have achieved. But still, his longest rush was for 4 yards and his final stats in total were 14 yards on 8 carries, something that on a normal day would look dreadful.no comments