Running back Lamar Miller and the New England Patriots have agreed on a one-year contract, pending a physical, operator Drew Rosenhaus revealed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Patriots were looking at another choice at running back No. 1 alternative Sony Michel experienced offseason foot surgery and opened training camp on the active/physically incapable to perform list, and significant backup Brandon Bolden quit the 2020 season.
Miller missed the 2019 season after he tore his ACL in the Houston Texans’ third preseason game against the Cowboys.
He joins a profundity chart in New England that incorporates “passing back” James White, flexible eight-year veteran Rex Burkhead, 2019 third-round pick Damien Harris of Alabama, and undrafted free-agent J.J. Taylor (Arizona).
During his three active seasons in Houston, Miller ran for 2,934 yards and 13 touchdowns on 716 carries. He additionally got 92 passes and scored five touchdowns. Miller’s best season for the Texans came in 2018, when he averaged 4.6 yards per carry.
Before Miller tore his ACL, Texans lead trainer Bill O’Brien lauded Miller’s ability in pass insurance.
During the 2019 offseason, Miller concentrated on dropping his body fat and proceeding to take a shot at his speed and his lower body quality. He said he felt snappier during training camp and he felt the agility work he had done in the offseason had paid off.
Miller, 29, was a free agent for the first time since marking a four-year, $26 million agreement with the Texans in 2016.
He started his career with the Miami Dolphins, who chose him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft and has 7,429 total yards from scrimmage in his career and 40 total touchdowns.