Lamar Miller reason for Reggie Bush's Dolphins demise


Impending free-agent running back Reggie Bush's agents are reportedly "confused" by the Miami Dolphins' indifference  about his status since the end of the season. The team has yet to make him a contract offer.

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Bush's camp should look no further than Lamar Miller for an explanation, as the Dolphins believe the 97th pick in the 2012 draft can be a bigger, faster, better version in this year's backfield.

While the expectations remain low for 2011 second-rounder Daniel Thomas, general manager Jeff Ireland recently singled out the more talented Miller for a bigger role.

"Lamar really showed some great signs of really some explosive play opportunity," Ireland said last week, according to The Palm Beach Post. "He kind of shoots out of the cannon when he hits the hole. He's got very good hands. I thought he did a very good job in his pass protection, which keeps him on the field all three downs."

The Dolphins think highly enough of Miller as their lead running back that they likely will ignore looking for another player at the position in free agency.

Any list of 2013 NFL breakout candidates should start with Miller. He has the playmaking ability to emerge as the Dolphins' top offensive weapon.

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