Sunday, September 1, 2013, 1:23pm
David Paulson’s forte is in the passing game; Michael Palmer’s is as an in-line blocker; and David Johnson’s is as the ‘move’ tight end. Palmer also had a couple of tackles on special teams this preseason.
Miller isn't ready to play now but taking him off PUP means they expect him back before six weeks into the season. Paulson would likely be next in line to have value but don't expect Miller-like numbers from a year ago. Miller is expected to return in about a month, according to reports.
Except for Ben Roethlisberger, no player is more important to both the running and passing games than Miller, a blocker nonpareil and the team's best receiver last season.
Matt Spaeth is also out right now, so David Paulson and Jamie McCoy are getting called to duty. But as the story points out, in no way do they resemble Miller. The Steelers badly want to regenerate their running game, and getting Miller (and Spaeth) back will help Le'Veon Bell and the other backs, so this is a bit of a blow to the offense.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 1:10pm
The Steelers are not planning to add a tight end other than players such as Michael Palmer and Nathan Overbay to their roster because they plan on getting Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth and David Johnson back at various points this season.
Miller remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list after having offseason surgery to repair three ligament tears in his knee, including the anterior cruciate ligament. The Steelers have not set a timetable for his return, but he appears to be on a schedule similar to the one Rashard Mendenhall was on in 2012 when he came back from offseason ACL surgery.
No one within the organization knows when Heath Miller will be prepared to play this season. Miller, who led the Steelers with 71 receptions last season, tore his ACL, MCL and PCL. He is still mending from reconstructive surgery.
If Miller isn't ready for the season opener against Tennessee at Heinz Field on Sept. 8, then either Matt Spaeth — in his second tour of duty with the Steelers — or second-year tight end David Paulson is expected to fill in until Miller recovers.
Miller is no spring chicken (30), so it isn't a smart move to count on him to be ready Week 1. He tore three ligaments on Dec. 23, and recovery usually takes a year, despite what Adrian Peterson accomplished last season.