New England Patriots

Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; AFC running back Lamar Miller (26) runs with the ball during the first half in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

Newly-signed Patriots running back Lamar Miller was spotted at practice Monday, meaning he is coming off of the team’s PUP list.

Miller was signed back on August 13, and placed on PUP before training camp began. The 29-year-old is coming off of an ACL tear that cost him his 2019 season.

With Miller and Sony Michel both off PUP, the Patriots running back group is now up to 100-percent. The position is one of the deepest and most well-rounded on the roster with last year’s workhorse Michel, pass-catcher James White, and Swiss Army Knife Rex Burkhead front and center. They’re supported by second-year back Damien Harris, “little Dion Lewis” UDFA J.J. Taylor, and the former 1,000 yard rusher in Miller.

The question now becomes can Miller, a Pro Bowler in his last fully-healthy season, catch up quick enough to make the roster? Given four of the five other players at the position spent last year with the team, he’s working against a steep learning curve.

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Can Miller do enough to earn a roster spot before roster cuts are due on Saturday? It’s hard to imagine a guy in his first-year in the system can come in cold and make an impact, especially while the rest of the team has been working for over a month. At the same time, it was no secret injuries would be a part of the process when the signed him, and perhaps the plan was always to bring him along slowly.

Will Miller be a part of the final roster? How will the rest of the running back position shape up? Be sure to keep checking in with for updates leading up to the regular season opener.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at