Dolphins rookies QB Ryan Tannehill and ORT Jonathan Martin have been significant contributors early on, and both are overachieving. The other two big-name offensive rookies, RB Lamar Miller and TE Michael Egnew, have needed more time to develop.
Miller showed flashes earlier in the season. In Weeks Two and Three, he rushed the ball 19 times for 113 yards (5.9-yard average), and we're told the team has had plenty of praise for the local back out of Miami (Fla.). But it puzzled observers when Miller didn’t get a single carry in Week Six, when No. 2 RB Daniel Thomas was out with a concussion, seemingly giving Miller an opportunity. Head coach Joe Philbin chalked that up to the lack of offensive plays. When Thomas returned for Week Eight, Miller was the only active Dolphin who did not step on the field.
We hear that there’s not a real possibility of Egnew making an impact soon. The athletic tight end out of Missouri had his struggles in training camp, which were shown for all to see on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” When asked about Egnew on Oct. 22, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said that Egnew is making progress, but that he’s “not quite there” when it comes to being a factor on special teams.
In terms of getting more from the offense, players like No. 3 WR Jabar Gaffney and TE-FB Charles Clay come to mind before the two rookies, though the sudden drop-off regarding Miller's playing time remains a bit of a mystery.