Memories of Lamar Miller's explosive day a key

For Bob McNair, running back Lamar Miller was a man without a face.

"When I saw Lamar a little while ago, I didn't immediately recognize him because I'm so used to looking at his back," the Texans chairman/CEO joked on Thursday. "That's all I saw in Miami."

Miller, who signed with the Texans on Thursday at NRG Stadium, ran wild for the Dolphins on October 25 in a Week 7 romp over Houston. He finished that day with 175 yards on 14 carries, and 61 more yards on three catches. Twice that day he got loose for scores of longer than 50 yards: once on a 54-yard reception and again on an 85-yard touchdown scamper.

"It was one of the best games of my career," Miller said. "But I'm just looking forward to this opportunity, and I'm looking forward to having big games like that with this organization."

Right after McNair's joke about Miller's big day, head coach Bill O'Brien chimed in with a playful warning to the team's new ball-carrier.

"He just fired up our defense, Lamar, so they'll be ready for you in training camp," O'Brien said.

The head coach, though, was pleased to have Miller on his team after seeing what he did for Miami in the 44-26 loss.

"We kind of witnessed it first hand this year," O'Brien said. "We feel good about Lamar being on board here and some of the things he can do, what he brings to our locker room."

Miller, who averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 8.4 yards per catch in 2015, is an explosive playmaker in general manager Rick Smith's opinion.

"To be able to have a guy, who, every time he touches the football can score in Lamar Miller, and obviously we are very, very familiar with that from his time against us this last fall," Smith said.

Miller and the Texans will begin offseason conditioning work on April 18.

Check out a collection of the best shots from RB Lamar Miller's football career.

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