HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – During the 2016 season Texans running back Lamar Miller carried the ball more than at any point in his five year NFL career and head coach Bill O’Brien has admitted that the workload for Miller may have been too much and that they needed a more reliable second option at the running back position.
The Texans added former Texas Longhorns running back D’Onta Foreman to their backfield with their third round selection in this year’s draft. The Doak Walker award winner was second in the nation in yardage and is a between the tackles runner that can add productivity at the position when Miller isn’t on the field.
“It’s good to have (Foreman) on the team I’m looking forward to working with him,” Miller said Saturday as he took part in the annual Texans Care Volunteer Day. “I think he’ll help this team out a lot with the power that he brings. I think it’s a great addition”
Bill O’Brien has said on several occasions during the offseason that finding ways to take some of the rushing burden off Miller and onto a second back would be beneficial to both Miller and the offense. Miller, despite setting a personal record for carries in a season in 2016 doesn’t need to see a minimum number of carries to be effective.
“That’s not my decision,” Miller said when asked about the potential lighter workload. “Whenever I get my opportunity and the ball in my hand I just try to make plays whether they gave me the ball 30 times, 20 times. I’m trying to take full advantage of every opportunity.
Miller missed two games in 2016 and dealt with a variety of injuries throughout the year due to his heavy workload including ankle and rib injuries. Near the end of the season Miller said he spent a lot of time in the training room working to get healthy for his team. As he shoveled dirt during the Volunteer Day activities and with the offseason nearing its end Miller seemed healthy and ready go for OTA’s
“I feel good,” Miller said when asked about his health. “This past offseason I was just taking care of my body just getting rehab and just getting back on track. Right now my body feels good.”
The Texans have already begun offseason workouts and will begin OTAs on Tuesday May 23rd.
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio