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According to the Miami Herald, Lamar Miller "remains clearly ahead" of Knowshon Moreno for the Dolphins' starting running back job.

It's hard for anyone to be "clearly ahead" before training camp and the preseason begin, but it's still notable that Miller has so thoroughly out-practiced Moreno this spring. Whereas Moreno was once the clear favorite to begin the season atop the depth chart, it's now no better than 50-50. Per reporter Barry Jackson, Miller has also been used "more as a receiver" out of the backfield. Miller is a post-hype sleeper to keep an eye on. He has a major talent advantage on Moreno.

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Lamar Miller has worked with the Dolphins' first-team offense for three weeks in a row.

"He's had a very good camp," said coach Joe Philbin. "This is the time as a third-year player that you're ready to make a big contribution." Per beat writer James Walker, Miller is "making more big plays in the running game" than Knowshon Moreno, "who appears to be working his way into shape." We noticed earlier Monday another beat writer tweet Miller was handling first-team reps with Miami's red-zone offense. With a current 12th-round ADP, Miller has a chance to be a fantasy value pick in new OC Bill Lazor's run-based attack.

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Lamar Miller is "taking a lot of first-team snaps" as Knowshon Moreno works "at least partly" with twos at Dolphins OTAs.

Moreno dropped a pass during Monday's session, and afterward coach Joe Philbin "conceded that his conditioning could be better." Miller has been written off by many fantasy leaguers, which is factored into his minimal cost. Per the latest Average Draft Position data, Miller's lasting until the 12th round.

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Dolphins coach Joe Philbin threw some support behind Lamar Miller at the league meetings Tuesday, stating "He can do all three things you want a running back to do."

That would ostensibly be run, catch, and block. The Fins could show more support by declining to make a significant running back signing or using an early-round pick at tailback, but they recently hosted Knowshon Moreno for a free agent visit, and could target running backs as early as the No. 50 overall pick. Miller is very lightly penciled in as the Dolphins' current lead back.

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One Dolphins staffer told the Miami Herald that Lamar Miller didn't run with enough physicality in 2013.

We noticed Miller's tendency to run "soft" on 2012 game tape, but the problem was much clearer when he got to a bigger sample size in 2013. "We like Miller's speed and explosiveness," the staffer said. "Miller has the higher ceiling, but you wish he ran with a more physical [style]," adding that Miller must improve as a blocker. Miller's role under new OC Bill Lazor is up in the air.

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Lamar Miller had 17 carries for 73 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Jets.

He added one catch for four yards. Miller didn't have any explosive plays outside of a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter, but got the majority of carries this week with Daniel Thomas dealing with an ankle injury. His disappointing 2013 ends with 203 touches, 879 total yards, and two touchdowns. Miller never seperated from Thomas despite being the clearly more talented player and there's still questions about whether he's physical enough to be an NFL feature back. Miller will need a strong offseason to avoid being in a committee again in 2014.

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Speaking Monday, Dolphins OC Mike Sherman defended once again abandoning the run in Sunday's shutout loss to the Bills.

Abandoning the run has been a habit under Sherman, who called three run plays in the second half of Sunday's miserable loss. "We really haven't had many explosive runs this year which is not good, we need to continue to build towards that," Sherman said, perhaps accidentally calling himself out. "A lack of productivity in the run game caused me to veer off into another direction." Sherman made no mention of the Dolphins' stunning "lack of productivity" in the passing game. Sherman's "game plan" allowed the Bills to blitz Ryan Tannehill with impunity, resulting in seven sacks and countless other hurries. If coach Joe Philbin and GM Jeff Ireland manage to save their jobs, they'd be wise to find a new play-caller.

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Lamar Miller rushed 15 times for 61 yards in Miami's Week 15 win over the Patriots.

Miller was held without a gain on his lone reception. It was another baffling day in the Dolphins' backfield, as Miller got the start and out-touched Daniel Thomas 16-6. Thomas got the duo's lone score, catching a two-yard pass in the end zone. There's simply no way of predicting which way wishy washy play-caller Mike Sherman might go in Week 16, leaving Miller as a risky FLEX option for the fantasy finals.

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Lamar Miller (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Patriots, as expected.

Miller was cleared early in the week and sustained no setbacks. But Daniel Thomas is coming off an excellent performance and we'd expect a fairly even timeshare in terms of touches. Neither Dolphins back is a very appetizing fantasy option.

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Lamar Miller (concussion) remained "full" in Thursday's practice.

Barring a setback, Miller will be good to go against the Patriots. Once again mired in a timeshare with Daniel Thomas, Miller is a boom-or-bust FLEX option.