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Week 1 vs. SD
Receiving: 6 / 96 / 0 on 6 targets
Here's JaMarcus Russell favorite receiver. Russell is erratic throwing to the outside, but he is on target when Miller rips the seams in the middle of the field. Miller had a great feel for dead spots in the zone defense, and he was sure-handed on all of his targets. Miller also ran hard after the catch, and had two catches over 25 yards to underscore his value as a target in the downfield passing game. Miller should pick up right where he left off last year, possibly even threatened 1,000 yards receiving this season.
Week 2 vs. KC
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 3 targets
After a rousing start to his third season in week 1, Miller was relegated to quality blocker and frustrated receiving target in week 2. He did get open on the seam routes that worked so well against San Diego once, only to have JaMarcus Russell throw the ball over his head. His number was called on a route that had him come across the formation to a short reception with a lot of room to run, but the pass was batted down. There was nothing Miller could have done to avoid getting a zero today.
Week 3 vs. DEN
Receiving: 2 / 17 / 0 on 5 targets
Miller was getting open in the middle of the field, but Russell was unable to find him because of the pressure put on him by the Broncos defense. His day could have been bigger, but he had a 29-yard catch overturned right before halftime. It seemed like all the Raiders receivers were thinking about Brian Dawkins anytime they caught a pass over the middle, and Miller was no different.
Week 4 vs. HOU
Receiving: 3 / 33 / 0 on 6 targets
Tight end Zach Miller had three receptions for 33 yards against the Texans but was not utilized as much more then an outlet option in the passing game. None of his receptions or targets was very far down the field and he did not have much room to maneuver amongst the Texans' linebacking corps. He suffered a concussion during the game and his status for next week is unknown.
Week 5 vs. NYG
Receiving: 4 / 69 / 0 on 4 targets
It's clear that defenses can't keep track of Miller downfield. Twice he found huge dead spots in the Giants zone defense, and twice Russell threw a dart to Miller for a big gain. He also caught a pair of passes as Russell's outlet. His week-to-week production will fluctuate with Russell's performance, but Miller seems to be the #1 target in this meager passing game.
Week 6 vs. PHI
Receiving: 6 / 139 / 1 on 11 targets
Zach Miller scored the only touchdown for Oakland in Week 6, but it was just enough for the Raiders to top the Eagles 13-9. Miller caught a short pass over the middle on a 10-yard in route and he kept on running, getting two big blocks from WR Louis Murphy, and he did not stop until he found the end zone for a huge 86-yard touchdown. Miller ended the game as the top receiver in targets, catches and yards for Oakland, but the key was that big scoring play. Miller is a good fantasy TE with nice upside but he is a tough weekly start with the Raiders' passing game just too unpredictable on a weekly basis.
Week 7 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 0 on 3 targets
Miller had just three chances to make a play in Week 7 for the Raiders, and he did what he could by catching two short balls for seven and eight yards, respectively. The third target was nowhere close as it was an errant interception thrown by JaMarcus Russell. Such is the life of a capable receiver with two incapable quarterbacks --- inconsistent production is the norm. Look for something of a bounce back week next week against the Chargers, who do not fare well in defending tight ends.
Week 8 vs. SD
Receiving: 5 / 52 / 0 on 7 targets
Miller, along with RB Justin Fargas, were the long bright spots for the Raiders on a very dreary offensive day. It's unfortunate watching a player with a skill set as obviously high as Miller's being wasted on a team like this. He runs good routes, has very good speed, excellent hands, and is strong. But unless he picks up a ton of yardage after the catch, he's essentially limited to swing passes and screens in the flat or dumpoffs over the middle. QB JaMarcus Russell cannot get him the ball down the field, evidenced by his one attempt to do so resulting in an overthrow and an interception.
Week 10 vs. KC
Receiving: 1 / 9 / 0 on 2 targets
Miller was barely targeted in this game because the Raiders were able to run their run-heavy vertical passing offense in this close game. He did have a catch and run inside the Chiefs 10 that was nullified by penalty. He also broke a tackle on his only reception. Miller still has a couple of statistical outbursts left in him this season, but his owners will have to endure duds like this one to get those points.
Week 11 vs. CIN
Receiving: 5 / 65 / 1 on 7 targets
The Oakland front line protected Bruce Gradkowski well enough to allow Miller to get out into pass patterns frequently. He was effective on flat routes and down the seam, making two strong catches down the middle of the field in traffic and breaking tackles for extra yardage. He found a soft spot in the Cincinnati zone for a touchdown. He was the Raiders' most targeted receiver.
Week 12 vs. DAL
Receiving: 5 / 73 / 0 on 6 targets
Tight end Zach Miller was held without a catch in the first half against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but he was able to convert five of his second half targets into 73 yards as Oakland tried to play catch up on the field and on the scoreboard. Miller had three grabs for over 10 yards, led by a nice 27-yard catch and run along the sideline in the third quarter. Miller led all Raiders in reception yardage and is the most reliable target in a suspect passing attack.
Week 13 vs. PIT
Receiving: 4 / 43 / 0 on 6 targets
Miller helped Gradkowski by sitting down in zone coverage openings in the middle of the field close to the line of scrimmage and getting good yards after the catch. He wasn't a primary target, but he helped move the chains in the fourth quarter.
Week 14 vs. WAS
Receiving: 7 / 46 / 0 on 12 targets
Miller was the number one passing target in this offense. In addition to his 7 catches, he also had a 20 yard catch called back on a penalty, and made a bad drop (of a wet, slippery ball) on a long pass that found him wide open. Miller also caught one pass on the goal line but it was ruled short of a touchdown. Aside from the one glaring drop, he showed very soft hands. Miller left the field late in the game, but it appeared to be just a stinger.
Week 16 vs. CLE
Receiving: 9 / 110 / 0 on 13 targets
Miller was used as a safety valve for Charlie Frye early, catching a number of short completions in the flat. Later in the game, Miller was targeted downfield frequently on seam routes. One pass to his back shoulder was incomplete, but he was able to make a nice catch over a defender for a big gain on another similar pattern. He finished the day as the Raiders' most targeted receiver.
Week 17 vs. BAL
Receiving: 7 / 38 / 1 on 9 targets
Miller closed the season out with another sterling performance. He ran his routes very well and found seams in the Ravens coverage with ease all afternoon. Miller made an excellent TD catch in the back of the end zone, scoring the Raiders lone TD on the day. In his final 3 starts of the season Miller snatched up 23 passes, teasing us with his serious skills heading into 2010.