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Zach Miller | Tight End | #86

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/4/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 243
College: Nebraska Omaha
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 6 (180) / JAC
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The Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Potash believes Zach Miller "probably needs to have a really good camp" to make the Bears' roster.
This echoes what ace beat writer Brad Biggs mentioned last month. The Bears signed Dion Sims in March before then using a second-round pick on Adam Shaheen in April. Daniel Brown also remains a developmental player for a rebuilding Bears club that likely doesn't see it necessary to keep Miller around as he enters his age-33 season. Wholly unreliable due to a laundry list of injuries, Miller's release would save the Bears $2.125 million in the final year of his deal. Jul 17 - 9:02 PM

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The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs believes Bears TE Zach Miller's roster spot could be in jeopardy.

Biggs believes Daniel Brown, a converted receiver who worked in Miller's role while the veteran was sidelined with a foot injury during the offseason program, will push Miller for a job during camp. That seems unlikely if Miller is healthy, but he is no lock to be ready at the start of camp and not a great bet to stay healthy once he gets back on the field. Even if he keeps his job, Miller's days in Chicago are numbered after the team added Dion Sims and drafted Adam Shaheen this offseason. The 32-year-old is scheduled to be a free agent next spring.
Jun 26 - 11:09 AM

Coach John Fox said Zach Miller (foot) is "going to cut it close" for the start of training camp.

Miller said he was "close" to full health in early June, but he's sitting out minicamp. Long injury prone, look for the Bears to play it slow with the 32-year-old. The Bears signed Dion Sims and drafted Adam Shaheen in the second round. Miller is entering the final year of his contract and likely his last season in the Windy City.
Jun 14 - 10:28 AM

Bears TE Zach Miller (foot) said he is "close" to full health.

Miller was placed on injured reserve in November with a Lisfranc fracture. The injury comes with a long recovery, but Miller says he is "getting there." Even if he is a full-go for camp, the Bears cannot rely on the 32-year-old to last 16 games, a feat he has never managed. Likely with that history in mind, Chicago added Dion Sims in free agency before spending a second-round pick on Adam Shaheen. Both should steal snaps from Miller.
Jun 5 - 7:19 PM

Zach Miller (foot) anticipates being ready for OTAs.

Miller suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot back in November. It's a long recovery process, but Miller has been through it before after blowing out his left Lisfranc in 2014. Miller is entering his age-33 season. The Bears can't count on him staying healthy. Look for them to explore tight ends in the draft.
Source: CSN Chicago
Feb 8 - 10:50 AM

Bears placed TE Zach Miller on injured reserve with a broken foot, ending his season.

Injury riddled throughout his career, it's an amazing feat Miller made it this long in Chicago without getting hurt. The Bears have Miller under control for 2017 season at a reasonable $1.5 million, but they need to start thinking about the future at tight end. Miller turned 32 in February.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Zach Miller will have surgery on his broken foot.

This is mostly for bookkeeping purposes as Miller was ruled out for the season Sunday night. With Miller sidelined and not much talent at tight end, the Bears might look to Eddie Royal to take on a bigger role in the passing game. Even so, this is shaping up as an offense to avoid outside of Jordan Howard.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 10:02:00 AM

Zach Miller is done for the season with a broken right foot.

Devastating. Miller was extremely upset after getting stepped on, suggesting he knew the severity of the issue. Miller has a long history of foot injuries, missing all of 2014 and much of 2010. Miller has been snakebit by the injury bug his entire eight-year career. Now 32, Miller wisely signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract last offseason after no one else would pay him. Despite his age and injury issues, we'd expect he'll return at his $1.5 million salary. The Bears have no other options at the seam. It's going to be ugly for the Bears' offense down the stretch.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 05:07:00 PM

Bears coach John Fox said Zach Miller's injury is "similar" to his previously broken foot.

So ... he has a broken foot? Miller has a long history of foot issues, missing all of 2014 and a big chunk of 2010. It sounds likely that he's played his final snap of the season, which would be a crushing blow for a ludicrously undermanned offense. The Bears have a trio of journeyman behind Miller, none of whom figure to become fantasy viable in his absence.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 04:42:00 PM

Bears TE Zach Miller was forced from Sunday's game against the Giants with a foot injury, and will not return.

That's a loss the Bears couldn't afford. Miller is the team's nominal No. 1 receiver in Alshon Jeffery's absence. Miller had three grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown before departing. He got stepped on near the end of the first half, and was visibly frustrated on the sideline, spiking his helmet. Miller has a long and winding injury history. It could be a while before we see him again.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 02:48:00 PM

Zach Miller hauled in four-of-seven targets for 32 yards Sunday in the Bears' Week 10 loss to the Buccaneers.

Miller was a non-factor in the first half, reeling in just one-of-two targets for four yards. He was Jay Cutler’s intended receiver on a first-quarter pick-six. Miller turned it on a bit in the second half as the Bears tried to erase a 26-point deficit. Despite a five-game touchdown drought, Miller is still seeing a decent number of targets. That’s enough to keep him in the TE1 conversation for next week’s game against the Giants.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 05:50:00 PM

Zach Miller caught 7-of-10 targets for 88 yards in the Bears' Week 8 win over the Vikings.

Miller led the Bears in catches, yards, and targets. The 10 looks tied a season-high from Week 6. Miller didn't produce in Weeks 1 or 2 with Jay Cutler, but Cutler leaned on his tight end in his first start back from a thumb injury. Miller will be a volume-dependent TE1 against the Bucs in Week 10. The Bears are heading into their bye week. Miller is fourth among tight ends in targets.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 12:24:00 AM

Zach Miller snagged two-of-five targets for 40 yards Thursday in the Bears' Week 7 loss to the Packers.

Miller caught all of two passes but still managed to lead the team in receiving yards. All of his targets came in the fourth quarter. Miller has averaged just 49.7 yards per game over his last three outings and hasn't scored a touchdown during that span. He’ll be a back-end TE1 against the Vikings in Week 8.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 12:17:00 AM

Zach Miller (ribs) is questionable for Week 7 against the Packers.

Miller was limited at practice this week. He'll be fine for Thursday night's game in Green Bay. Miller belongs in the TE1 conversation.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Zach Miller (ribs) remained limited in Tuesday's practice.

Miller rarely, if ever, gets in full practices. The TE1 will be ready for Thursday night's game against the Packers.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 03:07:00 PM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mike Glennon
2Mitchell Trubisky
3Mark Sanchez
4Connor Shaw
RB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
3Benny Cunningham
4Tarik Cohen
5Ka'Deem Carey
GLB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
3RB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
FB1Mike Burton
2Freddie Stevenson
WR11Cameron Meredith
2Markus Wheaton
3Deonte Thompson
4Josh Bellamy
5Daniel Braverman
WR21Kevin White
2Kendall Wright
3Victor Cruz
4Rueben Randle
5Tanner Gentry
WR31Markus Wheaton
TE1Zach Miller
2Dion Sims
3Adam Shaheen
4Daniel Brown
5Ben Braunecker
LT1Charles Leno
2Bradley Sowell
3William Poehls
LG1Josh Sitton
2Eric Kush
3Jordan Morgan
C1Cody Whitehair
2Hroniss Grasu
3Taylor Boggs
RG1Kyle Long
2Cyril Richardson
RT1Bobby Massie
2Tom Compton
3Dieugot Joseph
4Mitchell Kirsch
K1Connor Barth
2Andy Phillips