Lamar Miller wants to finish his career in Miami — and wants more carries

Lamar Miller breaks away from New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas for a touchdown (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Lamar Miller breaks away from New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas for a touchdown (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Dolphins running back Lamar Miller knows exactly how many yards he needs to reach 1,000 for the season. And he probably should be closer at this point.

“Yeah — 231,” he said.

Miller’s 769 rushing yards are tied for 13th in the league but he has just 151 carries, tied for 22nd in the league.

His 5.1 yards per carry is sixth-best among NFL running backs.

“When I’m feeling it, I feel I should get more opportunities,” he said. “But it just depends on the situation if we’re losing or if we’re up. It all depends on the situation.

“I really don’t question the play calling. I just go out there and try to make plays for this team and this organization. I really don’t think about it that much.”

Miller said the Dolphins haven’t approached him yet about a contract extension. He will be an unrestricted free agent if he doesn’t re-sign with Miami by early March.

“It would be great just to play my entire NFL football career here in my hometown,” he sad. “That would be something great for me.”

But he also said number of carries will factor in to his decision.

“It’ll be a part of my decision, yes, just trying to see how I would be used and what type offense, what type of system that I would be playing in,” he said.

He said he’s “not sure” if he could get more carries on another team.

“I really haven’t thought about all that, to be honest,” he said.

Miller was dominant in the first half of Monday night’s loss to the Giants with seven carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

But he had just five carries in the second half.

He said after the game that he wasn’t injured and he was merely getting his ankles taped.

Interim coach Dan Campbell said Tuesday that he saw Miller limping to the field and was trying to manage the game.

Campbell also said the team was getting in some second and third-long situations.

Miller reiterated on Wednesday that he wasn’t injured.

“I was good to go in the second half,” he said. “It was the fourth quarter, I tweaked my ankle a little bit but it wasn’t anything serious. I just got my ankles taped over. I was ready to go.

“I was feeling it pretty good Monday night.”

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