Friday, July 29, 2016, 12:04pm
“It's a new tight end room,” James said. “I am really the only guy who is back. It is a little different, but I feel good about it.”
The Steelers signed Ladarius Green and brought back David Johnson to bolster the position. Xavier Grimble was on the practice squad last year, but wasn't with the Steelers during training camp. Green isn't able to practice at this point and is on the PUP list, so James has a chance to shine and earn some valuable reps in the process.
Steelers’ tight end Heath Miller has retired, the team announced today.
Miller played 11 seasons for the Steelers (2005-15) after originally being selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (30thoverall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He started 167-of-168 games played during the regular season, and he started all 15 postseason contests that he played in. Miller’s 168 regular-season games played are the most by a tight end in Steelers’ history.
In team history, Miller is the all-time leader in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569) and receiving touchdowns (45) by a tight end. Overall, he ranks second in career receptions, fourth in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and sixth in scrimmage yards (6,577) in Steelers’ annals. Miller is one of four players to record 500 receptions, one of five players to record 6,000 receiving yards and one of five players to record 40 receiving touchdowns in team history.
Miller is one of 12 tight ends in NFL history to reach 6,000 career receiving yards, and at the conclusion of the 2015 season, his 592 receptions are the sixth-most in NFL history by a tight end, and his 6,569 career receiving yards are the ninth-most in NFL history by a tight end.
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Steelers TE Heath Miller (rib, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 15. Miller is averaging 7.3 T/G (and 5.5-51-0.12) in the eight games where Ben Roethlisberger has played.
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With 42 targets in his last five games, the ball is likely coming his way Sunday against Denver, which hasn't given up a 300-yard passing game all year. The Broncos will try to force some checkdowns, which means some methodical, move-the-chains action for the 33-year-old Miller.
Miller's involvement often depends on the matchup -- he's an excellent run-blocker -- but after Sunday’s 10-catch, 66-yard performance Sunday, Miller is setting a career receiving pace that won’t materialize because of injuries.
The numbers are sort of surprising, considering all the fireworks from the Steelers' offense. For the 28 quarters Ben Roethlisberger and Miller have been healthy and and on the same field together, Miller has 44 catches for 404 yards.
Miller is the perfect safety valve in the middle of the field when the offense can't go deep, and despite several weapons on the outside, Roethlisberger might be using Miller more than ever right now, the story said. He caught all ten of his targets on Sunday against the Bengals and it sounds like he could be heavily used again this week against the Broncos.
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Steelers TE Heath Miller (rib, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14. It looks like Miller will make his return this week. He’s been better with Ben Roethlisberger throwing the ball.
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm
Big Ben was probable and practiced all week but it's still a big relief for owners who were counting on him tonight. It's a great home matchup for the Steelers offense.
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