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Miami Hurricanes NFL Recap Week 16

Frank Gore and Jimmy Graham Score, Duke Johnson Owns a Browns Record

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Merry X MAS!

Two up and coming stars in the NFL are Lamar Miller and Duke Johnson, and yet week after week both star running backs are severely underused.

Take, for instance, Lamar’s game today against the Steelers. Lamar is supposed to be the starting back for the Texans. Somehow he is out carried by perennial second stringer Al Blue.

In Cleveland, Duke has played second fiddle to Crowell, even though the latter, albeit a decent workhorse, lacks big play capability. Duke hasn’t carried the ball more than 10 times all season.

The workhorse backs, from the Curtis Martin and Barry Sanders era, are less and less in 2017 NFL. Only a handful of players are given the load unquestionably. Zeek Elliot, for one. Kareem Hunt, Fournette (unless TJ Yeldon somehow receives goal line carries), Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Bell, etc.

A lot other teams go with a partial to full committee approach. Think Patriots, Packers, Saints, Browns, Texans, Titans, etc. My question is, will either player, Duke or Lamar, ever become a workhorse to the likes of an Adrian Peterson or Tiki Barber, or are my expectations fruitless?

But as a fan of Duke and Lamar I feel positive that they can be great workhorse running backs in today’s NFL.


Here are some stats compiled by Miami Hurricanes alum...........

Frank Gore: A true workhorse, 17 carries for 68 yards and 2 catches for 18 yards and a touchdown.

Duke Johnson: 4 carries for 20 yards and 7 receptions for 81 yards. Duke brought home the Cleveland Browns record for RB receptions in a season. Here’s hoping Duke moves to WR full time. Duke finished with 72 receptions heading into week 17.

Jimmy Graham: 1 catch for 3 yards and a touchdown. That’s Jimmy’s 10th touchdown of the season.

Best of the rest....

Skill Positions

Greg Olsen: 3 catches for 27 yards.

Travis Benjamin: 1 rush for minus 4 yards, 3 punt returns for 29 yards.

Defense

Allen Bailey: 2 tackles.

Calais Campbell: 8 tackles.

Ray Ray Armstrong: 3 tackles.

Olivier Vernon: 3 tackles.

Artie Burns: 2 tackles.

Punters

Pat O’Donnell: 8 punts for 361 yards, 45.1 yard average, 1 inside the 20.

Justin Vogel: 6 punts for 231 yards, 1 inside the 20.

Matt Bosher: 5 punts for 234 yards, 1 inside the 20.