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Heath Miller | Tight End

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 256
College: Virginia
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Heath Miller secured 5-of-6 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game.
Playing well into the second half with the rest of the Steelers' starters, Miller secured a laser 27-yard strike from Ben Roethlisberger for the first-team offense's only score. Back to moving like he did before his knee surgery, Miller finishes the preseason with eight catches for 62 yards and a score. Generally going in the TE14-18 range, Miller could prove to be a late-round steal. He still has low-end TE1 upside. Aug 21 - 11:09 PM

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A study done by the New York Times' Jonathan Bales last offseason showed that tight ends historically take their biggest statistical steps back beginning at age 31.

Bales' study also showed that tight ends have the shortest shelf lives off all skill positions -- even shorter than running backs. Tight ends entering their mid and late 20s make the best breakout candidates, while tight ends begin to take big nosedives going on ages 31 and 32. Some tight ends around the NFL at those ages are Heath Miller (32 in October), Jason Witten (turned 32 in May), and Owen Daniels (32 in November). Antonio Gates just turned 34.
Source: FF Today
Jul 6 - 10:03 PM

Ben Roethlisberger said Heath Miller has "looked healthy right from the get-go, looks kind of like the old Heath."

Miller shredded his knee in December of 2012 and missed the first two games of last season before posting a pedestrian 58-593-1 line. He clearly wasn't at or near full health for much of the year. Now fully healthy and participating in a full offseason, Miller is a big rebound candidate. He has low-end TE1 appeal.
Jun 16 - 6:44 PM

Heath Miller is now under contract through 2016.

Before Monday's extension, Miller was set to cost $9.5 million against the cap in 2014 -- the final year of his deal. Now that cap number is down to $6.1 million and he has added base salaries of $4 million in both 2015 and 2016. Miller remains a quality all-around tight end even though he's 31 and blew out his knee late in the 2012 season. He shouldn't have a problem exceeding last year's 58-593-1 line.
Mar 5 - 12:25 PM

The Steelers have worked out a restructured contract with Heath Miller.

Miller was set for a $6.04 million base salary and $9.5 million cap hit in 2014. We'll wait on details, but we're expecting an extension that frees up cap room right now and keeps Miller under contract for 2-3 more seasons. He'll turn 32 in October, but remains a solid all-around tight end and one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets. Miller posted a 58-593-1 line last year despite coming off a devastating knee injury.
Mar 3 - 11:42 AM

ESPN Steelers blogger Scott Brown expects the team and Heath Miller to work out a contract extension "sooner rather than later."

Miller is entering the final year of his deal and is set to count $9.5 million against the 2014 salary cap. Miller returned better than expected after wrecking his knee in 2012 and caught 58 passes for 593 yards and one score this past season. The 31-year-old is still one of the better all-around tight ends in the league.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 24 - 9:56 AM

Heath Miller caught two passes for 17 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 17 win over the Browns.

Miller drew only two looks on a day where the Steelers didn't have to do much on offense. Returning from a torn ACL, Miller finishes 2013 with 58 catches for 593 yards and one touchdown in 14 games. The numbers are nothing to sneeze at, but well off from Miller's career 2012. Going on 32, Miller appeared greatly diminished as an athlete, lumbering as he nevertheless found seams in the middle of the field. Going into the final year of his contract, Miller will be a low-end, low-upside TE1 in 2014.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 04:59:00 PM

Heath Miller caught three passes for 17 yards in Week 16 versus the Packers.

Miller finished a distant second on the team with his four targets, seeing nine fewer passes than Antonio Brown. Miller obviously didn't do much with his grabs, mainly catching the ball and getting tackled. He's just a TE2. The Steelers wrap up the 2013 season by hosting the Browns in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:24:00 PM

Heath Miller caught four passes for 35 yards in Sunday night's Week 15 win over the Bengals.

Miller secured all four of his targets, but was held out of the end-zone for the eighth straight game. He has only one touchdown this season and will be just a TE2 option in next week's matchup with the Packers.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 01:23:00 AM

Heath Miller caught three passes for 56 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Miller worked the seam well, finding himself open deeper down the field than usual. But he went without a touchdown for the seventh straight game as Jerricho Cotchery continues to be the featured player in the red zone for Ben Roethlisberger. It leaves Miller with very little upside heading into a Week 15 matchup with the Bengals.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 07:15:00 PM

Heath Miller caught eight passes for 86 yards in Thursday night's Week 13 loss to the Ravens.

Miller was targeted nine times and led the Steelers in both receptions and yards. He was finding room behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties all night. Miller was also stopped inside the one-yard line two separate times, or he could have had a monster game. His eight grabs matched a season-high, while the yards are a new best. Miller will be on the TE1 radar in Week 14 against Miami.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 12:09:00 AM

Heath Miller had five catches for 41 yards in Sunday's Week 12 win over the Browns.

Miller was targeted six times and continues to be used as Ben Roethlisberger's primary safety valve. He's still not close to being the player he was before his knee injury, and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 7. Miller will be just a TE2 option in Week 13 against the Ravens.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 06:48:00 PM

Heath Miller caught eight passes for 67 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 11 win over the Lions.

With Emmanuel Sanders knocked out early with a foot injury, Miller was Ben Roethlisberger's primary safety valve. He could have had a bigger day, but dropped a one-yard touchdown in the end zone. The eight catches were nice for a player who hadn't corralled more than four in any of his past four games, but Miller still looked like Jake Ballard in the open field. He's not the same player he was before his knee injury, and is a borderline TE1 as a result.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 05:58:00 PM

Heath Miller was limited to one catch for six yards in the Steelers' Week 10 win over the Bills.

His lone reception came on a short tight end screen, where Miller looked like he is still struggling to move around. He's not past last year's triple-knee ligament tear, and it's obvious. Miller shouldn't be considered on the TE1 radar when the Steelers take on the Lions in Week 11.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Heath Miller caught four passes for 43 yards in Sunday's Week 9 loss at New England.

Ben Roethlisberger attempted 48 passes, but Miller was targeted on just five of them. He's just a reliable safety valve. In six games played this year, Miller is averaging 4.0 catches for 44.6 yards with one touchdown. Owners expecting more than that are going to be disappointed.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
4Brendon Kay
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3Dri Archer
4Tauren Poole
5Stephen Houston
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Dri Archer
FB1Will Johnson
WR11Antonio Brown
2Lance Moore
3Justin Brown
4Derek Moye
5C.J. Goodwin
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Martavis Bryant
4Lanear Sampson
WR31Lance Moore
TE1Heath Miller
2Matt Spaeth
3David Paulson
4Michael Palmer
5Rob Blanchflower
K1Shaun Suisham