Miller needs to break tackles: Now that Knowshon Moreno is calling Miami home, there is expected to be a running back battle between him and Lamar Miller, according to head coach Joe Philbin. What does Miller need to do in order to emerge victorious? Break more tackles. That’s a noble idea for a player whose scouting report touted his speed and shiftiness. But will it be enough to overcome his lack of work near the goal-line. In 2013, Daniel Thomas led the Dolphins with 24 carries in the red zone. The good news for Miller is that Thomas could be pushed out of Miami. The bad news is that Moreno led Denver’s running backs with 42 touches inside the 20-yard line and scored eight rushing TDs — tied for sixth among all NFL running backs. The competition will certainly play out in the preseason, but on paper, the deck is stacked against Miller.
Britt joins Rams: Kenny Britt is reunited with Jeff Fisher. The pair worked together in Tennesee and will work together again in St. Louis after the free agent wideout agreed to a deal with the Rams Monday. Britt has been as much of an enigma in fantasy as on the field. A variety of issues have prevented him from approaching the potential that seemed so vast. Now he’ll work in a crowded receiver group that is long on talent, but short on proven ability. Yet with talk about getting the dynamic Tavon Austin more involved, it seems unlikely that a five-year veteran who has constantly underperformed while having his share of off-field issues will grab the top spot in the pecking order.
Broyles gets ‘clean slate’: Through his first two seasons, Ryan Broyles has had an issue getting on track — mostly due to injury. The former Oklahoma star has played a total of 16 games in his first two NFL seasons, something that would concern most players in the wake of a head coaching change. But new Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he’s giving Broyles “a clean slate” to prove himself. While that’s encouraging, the team’s recent signing of Golden Tate is not. After three significant leg injuries in three seasons, it’s hard to envision Broyles reaching the potential that seemed so great when he was running pass patterns during his college days in Norman.
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