I saw this news blurb about Lamar Miller come across my Twitter timeline and it re-hashed some… “feelings” of ex-Fins head coach Joe Philbin’s perplexing usage of Miller over the past few seasons before Philbin was canned.
So, I wondered: how many yards did Lamar Miller actually gain on his opportunities? Does he actually deserve more touches, wherever he lands in free agency? Well, the answer, using a simple analysis of yards per opportunity over the past two seasons, is a resounding “yes.”
In fact, Miller gained a full half of a yard more on average than the 33 running backs with at least 250 rush attempts over the past two seasons. I grant you that this analysis of dividing total yards gained by rush attempts and targets isn’t overly sophisticated, but hopefully he sees a little more than the 16.2 opportunities per game he averaged over the past two seasons in the near future.