Dan Campbell is serious about establishing the ground game — and told his team just that.
“He pretty much told the whole team that we have to run the ball and stop the run,” running back Lamar Miller said. “That’s something that we emphasized, and something we want to get going.”
There’s a long list of Dolphins players who haven’t replicated past production this season, and Miller is certainly one of them. After running for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014, he has just 131 yards and no touchdowns through four games of 2015.
Miller isn’t alone. The Dolphins haven’t scored a rushing touchdown all season. And they haven’t really tried to.
Because of penalties, Miami had nine goal-to-go snaps during a late drive against the Jets. They threw the ball all nine times — and came away without points.
But Miller acknowledged that he deserves at least some of the blame for his 3.5-yards-per-carry average.
“Me, personally, I think I’ve just got to be more decisive running the ball,” Miller said. “I feel like, sometimes, I try to be too patient to let my block develop. I’ve just got to be decisive.”
The Dolphins are considering changes to their starting lineup.
The most likely moves: Replacing Jamil Douglas with Billy Turner at right guard. Douglas has been one of the league’s lowest-rating guards through five weeks of the season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Turner was supposed to be the Dolphins’ starting right guard but lost the job to Douglas late in the preseason. He got work with the starters during practice Wednesday.
Another possible switch: moving receiver Kenny Stills ahead of Greg Jennings on the depth chart. Jennings ranks sixth on the team in catches (seven) and next-to-last in yards per catch (7.7).
ALBERT LIKELY TO PLAY
Tackle Branden Albert, who hasn’t played since straining his hamstring in Week 2, certainly benefited from the time off. He worked with the starters during the portion of practice open to reporters, and appears likely to play Sunday.
The same goes for Dion Sims, who hasn’t seen the field since sustaining a concussion in the season opener.
Even Brent Grimes practiced, albeit on a limited basis, just 10 days after spraining his MCL. Albert, Sims, corner Zack Bowman (shoulder) and defensive end Cameron Wake (hamstring) were also limited in their participation.
The only player who did not practice Wednesday: A.J. Francis, who has a back injury.
▪ The Dolphins on Wednesday elevated safety Jonathan Dowling to their active roster from their practice squad. Dowling fills the roster spot that opened up when they cut Raheem Mostert. They also switched up their practice squad, signing wide receiver Robert Herron and releasing Damarr Aultman to make room.
▪ Campbell tried to set the record straight on an NFL.com story that reported he didn’t tell anyone when his appendix burst mid-flight during his playing days with the Dallas Cowboys. Campbell insisted that his appendix never ruptured.