Dennis Allen explains what it’ll take for Kendre Miller to reach the next level

New Orleans Saints running back Kendre Miller has a ton of potential, and head coach Dennis Allen recently explained how he can tap into that potential.
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Last season, wide receiver A.T. Perry and running back Kendre Miller were two rookies for the New Orleans Saints that had promising flashes late in the season. Miller especially had the best game of his rookie season in the Week 18 finale, carrying the ball 13 times for 73 yards and one touchdown.

With his first season ending like that, there has been a ton of excitement about what he can bring to the Saints moving forward. Of course, New Orleans still has Alvin Kamara and Jamaal Williams, but there’s a belief that Miller could be the future, and could even breakout as soon as next season.

However, Saints head coach Dennis Allen believes the young running back still has some work to do. Speaking with the media while the team is currently in OTAs, Allen explained that Miller has flashed all the tools necessary to be a great running back in this league, however, Allen says he needs to see more consistency from Miller.

Dennis Allen says Kendre Miller needs to be more consistent

Allen broke Miller’s game down, saying that he’s seen all the burst, explosiveness, elusiveness, and vision, he just needs to see Miller display all those skills more often. While this is a critique, it shouldn’t be concerning. As Allen says, consistency is a problem for most young players. Miller, only in his second NFL offseason, is still putting it all together.

Hopefully, the young running back will internalize this message from Allen. Appearing in just eight games as a rookie, Miller had 41 total carries for 156 yards and one touchdown. Considering that Alvin Kamara and Jamaal Williams are still on the roster, there’s no guarantee that Miller will get carries, even with the promise he’s shown. That means he must continue putting it all together, so that he can carve out a role for himself in the offense.