Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Oct 2005

Miller Gives Rare Production at TE

For a team that throws the ball something like eight times a game, having a pass-catching tight end only makes Ben Roethlisberger's job easier. Heath Miller is Pittsburgh's first real threat at the position since Eric Green played in the mid-90s. With the departure of Plaxico Burress, Miller now provides Roethlisberger a big target, but with the added benefit of also being able to block.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 25 Oct 2005

10 comments, Last at 25 Oct 2005, 8:07pm by jeff


by MadPenguin (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 10:40am

Thank you Heath Miller. I was wrong about you.

by David S. (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 1:03pm

Thank you Heath Miller, for never outperforming Shockey when I start you and outperforming him when I don't start you. Think I could fetch a decent WR or RB for one of them?

by Luz (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 3:07pm

count me as a steelers fan that laughed at reports and mock drafts that had the steelers taking miller.

count me as a steelers fans that rolled my eyes at the annual "the steelers will throw more to the TE" articles in the pittsburgh papers.

count me as a steelers fan that is glad that Colbert and Cowher know what they're doing.

by Israel (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 4:14pm

They just released the other tight end, Matt Kranchik, in order to sign a good safety Russell Stuvaints. No offense to Mike Logan's hamstring, but I am pleased.

by H. Miller (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 4:19pm

Thanks for the props, guys. I'm still waiting to get famous enough so that wackos here in Pittsburgh tell girls they are me in order to score.

by B (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 4:26pm

Heath, if a guy can impersonate Brian St. Pierre in order to score, you're already popular enough.

by jeff (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 4:28pm

The Steelers have even designed a few plays specifically to get Miller involved. This week it was a shovel pass Heath on 3rd and goal. In past games, the Steelers have tried a couple of TE screens. Of course, none of these "trick" (for a Steelers fan, throwing to the TE does in fact count as a trick play) plays have worked particularly well to this point but I like the effort.

by rk (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 6:26pm

With the Steelers cutting Kranchick, they now have only 2 TE's on the roster. Does anyone know if there are any other teams like this? It seems especially odd in the Steelers' case because they use both TE's a lot.

by calig23 (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 8:04pm

The Steelers still have 3 TEs: Miller, Jerame Tuman, and Walter Rasby.

Personally, I would have dropped Tuman, and kept Kranchick. Kranchick will get snatched up by someone pretty quickly.

by jeff (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 8:07pm

Rasby is not on the 53 man roster. The Steelers do, in fact, only have 2 TE.

Kranchick is raw but talented. Somebody will pick him up.