The Facts: Miller wanted to be a workhorse back when he left Miami for Houston last offseason. He got his wish, toting the ball 93 times in the first four games of 2016. In hindsight, HC Bill O'Brien said earlier this week from the NFL Scouting Combine he leaned on Miller a tad too much. "I think he probably carried it a little bit too much early on," O'Brien said.
Diehards Line: The coach continued: "We were very, very dependent on him because he's that type of player. He's a guy that shows up every day, he's in excellent condition, plays through pain. Had an ankle, shoulder, ribs -- played through all of it, practiced through all of it. He's what you're looking for when you talk about a teammate and a guy in your locker room. But I think 30 carries in a couple games, that's probably a little bit too much." Miller had a season-high 28 carries in the opening week of the season and earned 24-plus carries four times last season. His 268 carries in 14 games last year were 52 more than his previous career-high in four seasons in Miami. As O'Brien noted, the 220-pound running back also dealt with an array nagging injuries last season before being sidelined the final two games. O'Brien mentioned the team's stable of versatile backs behind Miller -- Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes (a pending UFA) and Akeem Hunt -- as being part of the solution. But Miller will continue to get the bulk of the workload.