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Texans veteran running back Lamar Miller endured a difficult season.,womens Ryan Kalil Jersey,Boxed in and frequently hit right after he got the football tucked away
Breakaway runs and touchdowns became an elusive target for Miller.
A Pro Bowl alternate a year ago when he rushed for 1, Miller gained just 888 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground during his second season with the Texans.,073 yards and five touchdowns
it wasn't the kind of season he or the Texans envisioned.,Authentic Mike Wallace Jersey,Although Miller remained healthy and contributed heavily as a receiver out of the backfield as the Texans' second leading pass-catcher with 36 receptions for 327 yards and three scores
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" said Miller,"It was tough,womens Nick Boyle Jersey, $26 million contract in 2018. "I've never had that low an average before. I'm going to go back and watch all my runs and see what I can do better. This is my first year like this. I've got to find a way to get more yards.",womens Benjamin Watson Jersey, who's entering the third year of a four-year
Miller was negatively impacted by the instability across the offensive line as the Texans traded away Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown to the Seattle Seahawks and lost starters Chris Clark and Nick Martin to season-ending injuries. There weren't always a lot of big holes for Miller to run through behind an offensive line that drew criticism for its pass protection and run blocking.
The running game and passing game both skidded to a halt when rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his anterior cruciate ligament. The Texans became dependent on Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to provide most of the scoring punch as he led the NFL with 13 touchdown catches. The Texans became a one-dimensional attack.
" Miller said. "I think they did a great job in the Pittsburgh game giving us an opportunity to run the ball. They'll put in the work.",womens Brent Urban Jersey,"I think the young guys later in the season got more comfortable
When Miller was working in tandem with rookie running back D'Onta Foreman,womens Brandon Williams Jersey, it was another blow to a floundering offense., the Texans' running game was picking up steam. When Foreman tore his Achilles tendon
" Miller said. "A lot of key players went down. We always had that next man up mentality. We've got to find a way to try to stay up.,"It's tough
that can really help the offense.","We have the talent. I'm very excited. With Deshaun back next year
The Texans ranked 14th in the NFL in rushing offense, the running game was far too inconsistent., averaging 115.1 rushing yards per game. However
relative to Lamar,womens Mike Wallace Jersey,"I would say we're all disappointed in where our running game is right now,Authentic Terrance West Jersey, he keeps running. He runs hard. He does what we ask him to do.",Authentic Nick Boyle Jersey," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "We've tried every scheme there is and it just hasn't been good enough lately. So
Miller hasn't dropped a pass in two seasons with the Texans. He was targeted 45 times this year.
He had durability issues occasionally when he played for the Miami Dolphins,Authentic Benjamin Watson Jersey, but didn't wear down this year as he played in every game. Miller split carries with backup Alfred Blue in the season finale against the Indianapolis Colts and gained just 37 yards on eight carries.
Miller said he didn't have an injury and didn't know why he didn't play more in the season finale,Authentic Brent Urban Jersey, but never complained about his workload.
Blue is a pending unrestricted free agent who scored a touchdown against the Colts as the Texans lost the game and finished 4-12 and in last palce in the AFC South.Authentic Sam Koch Jersey,
Next season could be a lot different when Watson returns from his knee injury. The Texans were the highest-scoring offense in the NFL with Watson at the controls.
Miller could also be involved in another play-time sharing situation when Foreman is back. A third-round draft pick from Texas who grew up in Texas City,Authentic Brandon Williams Jersey,Foreman proved this year that he can break tackles and long runs.
"Yes,womens Sam Koch Jersey," Miller said. "When everybody was healthy as an offense, it's very encouraging,Authentic Ryan Kalil Jersey, we were putting up a lot of points. We can do that again when Deshaun is back."
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