Darren McFadden was fourth in the league in rushing this season. Darren McFadden started just ten games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.
If you could go back in time to tell a large group of Cowboys fans, known as Cowboys Nation, that the above two statements would be true then you could have saved a 2014 offseason full of absurd speculation about free agent running backs.
They have shown as much interest in Ray Rice as they have shown in having me play RB. https://t.co/VtYZ06TLRG
These two tweets are as far as I'll go into the mess that was the aforementioned speculation. Of course, my Matt Cassel comment was merely written to poke fun at the whole situation. But now I am here to tell Cowboys fans that this 2015 offseason has given us a free agent running back that we can all get behind!
His name is Lamar Miller, and if you are going to push for one back to join the silver and blue this offseason, let it be him.
A fourth round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Miller took over the starting job in Miami as a member of the Dolphins in 2013. He was 26th among all running backs in carries that season, and totaled 709 yards.
The following season he shot up to 15th in the league in carries, as he went for a career high 1,099 yards. This season, he dropped down to 872 yards on the 18th highest workload in the league with 194 attempts.
Should Lamar Miller trade in his dolphin helmet for a star, Cowboys fans should be excited about his relatively small workload. With Darren McFadden's durability being a concern going into his contract year, adding a guy like Miller will bring in a spark of energy to the Dallas backfield.
Miller is a perfect fit for Scott Linehan's running system, with the shifty speed and quickness to do major damage behind the league's best offensive line. While Tony Romo and Darren McFadden could make for a dangerous combination in 2016, allowing DMC to to run against defensive fronts that do not see his carries coming, the addition of Lamar Miller could take this offense to a Super Bowl level.
Romo tosses to Miller. Miller around the left side. Makes a man miss! 10. 5. Touchdown. Dallas Cowboys.
Sound good to you? Great, same here! Now let's get ready to hear this on repeat in 2016, by tweeting #MillerToDallas (all tweets using this hashtag will appear at MillerToDallas.com, which is brought to you by Inside The Star)!
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