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Miller Says He Feels Quicker After Pro Bowl Season

Lamar Miller looks to build on a soild 2018

July 28, 2019 - 2:21 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- As he prepared for his eighth NFL season, Texans running back Lamar Miller had clear goals set out for the six weeks between the end of mini camp and the start of training camp.

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“My main focus was to drop my body fat and continue to work on my speed and my lower body strength," Miller said Sunday after the Texans fourth training camp practice. "That’s something that I tried to improve on and so far I think I did a great job.”

Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Miller, 28, enters the final year of the four-year, $26 million contract he signed with the Texans in 2016. Now at an age where running backs typically decline, Miller says he spent time with Frank Gore, who at 36-years old is still finding a way to be productive.

"We work out a lot," Miller said. "He gave me some advice on, as he got older in the league he’s been losing weight so I’ve been trying to take that same strategy. So far, I’ve been feeling good.”

After averaging 4.6 yards per carry in 2018, his high mark with the Texans and almost a full yard more than 2017, there's reason to think Miller can improve in 2019.

"I feel quicker," he said. "This offseason I’ve done a lot of agility stuff just to continue to try to focus on making guys miss in the open field. So far I’ve been feeling good.”

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien made it clear Sunday that Miller is the team's starting running back, and everyone else is fighting for that second spot on depth chart, but the veteran says the team has some solidoptions behind him.

“I think those guys have been doing a great job. The younger guys, the rookies, yesterday they ran the ball pretty hard. They get north and south. I think Josh (Ferguson) and Taiwan (Jones), they’ve been doing a great job on third down getting open for the most part. They’re very quick, and I think so far they’ve been doing a great job.”