CBS Houston – Coming into this year the skill positions groups are almost completely different from how they ended last year. No Brian Hoyer, no Arian Foster, no veteran wide receivers.
The team overhauled at seemingly every position on offense. They brought in quarterback Brock Osweiler, a bunch young wide receivers and a running back in Lamar Miller who is primed for a breakout year.
“I’m very excited,” Lamar Miller said in advance of his first regular season game as a Texan, “It’s the first opportunity for me to showcase my talent and skillset, I’m ready for the opportunity.”
In Houston, Miller will get the chance to be an every-down feature back. The team does have depth behind him, but Miller will be the guy that the team will lean on heavily.
“Every time I get the ball in my hands I try to make positive yards and just try to keep the chains moving,” Miller said.
With the Miami Dolphins, Miller’s last spot before joining the Texans as a free agent, he was considered their number one running back. The problem was he just wasn’t used as much as a normal workhorse back.
In the last four seasons, Miller played 20 more games than Foster, but he had 163 fewer touches.
If ever there was a perfect storm for a running back to have a breakout year, it would be the season Miller is about to start.
The Texans are working in a new quarterback in Osweiler and while he showed good promise during the preseason, the offense will still lean on Miller heavily to keep them out of bad situations.
Miller brings the same type of playmaking skills to the team that Foster had, but instead of finesse and vision, the new Texans back offers plenty of speed to burn.
The league might have seen glimpses of Miller in the past – I.E. his game last year against the Texans when he had 236 all propose yards – but they haven’t been able to see what he can do touching the ball 20 plus times a game. This year they will be able to see that, and the Texans could have someone that is in the mix for the rushing title when it is all said and done.