TE Heath Miller - Free Agent
|6-5, 255||Born: 10-22-1982||College: Virginia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 30 (2005)|
2015 Week 1 vs NE (11 / 8 / 84 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was a reliable check down option throughout the game. Roethlisberger looked Miller's way during many key situations. During the first drive, Miller caught a 14 yard pass for a first down. During the second drive on a 3rd and 18, Miller's route was just short of the first down marker as he came away with a 17 yard gain. Over the next few series, Miller caught passes for 9 yards, 6 yards, and 4 yards. Late in the game on a 2nd and 27 from the Pittsburgh 44 yard line, Miller caught his longest pass of the day, an 18 yard gain.
2015 Week 2 vs SF (2 / 2 / 15 / 1 rec)
Heath Miller was only targeted twice as he was not needed. The Steelers wide receivers were getting easy separation. During the second series of the game on a 2nd and goal from the 3 yard line, Miller caught a quick curl route for a touchdown. After a DeAngelo Williams touchdown on the next drive, Miller caught a TE screen pass to convert the two point conversion. Later in the first half, Miller caught his only other reception for 13 yards.
2015 Week 3 vs LA (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was once again an option in the red-zone with the short passing game. During the opening series on a 1st and goal from the10 yard line, Miller caught a curl route for an 8 yard gain to the 2 yard line. During the second series on a 2nd and goal from the 8 yard line, Miller drew a pass interference penalty. This penalty set up the Le-Veon Bell touchdown run. On the last play before halftime, Miller caught a 9 yard pass on a 2nd and 19.
2015 Week 4 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was not involved in the passing attack only receiving two targets. Miller was kept in to block more during this game. Late 3rd quarter on a 2nd a 9, Miller caught a short pass for a 1 yard gain.
2015 Week 5 vs SD (3 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller only had three receptions but made an impact with two of them. On the 2nd play from scrimmage, Miller found an opening while running down the left seam. He completed a 26 yard reception to kick start the game. With 12 seconds left in the game, Miller caught a pass over the Miller and was tackled on the 1 yard line. He did not have a chance to get in the end zone as he was hit from behind as soon as he made the reception.
2015 Week 6 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was a non-factor in the passing game. Miller was left in to block throughout much of the game. His lone reception came early in the 4th quarter on a 3rd and 3. Miller caught a reception on a short curl for a 4 yard gain.
2015 Week 7 vs KC (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was a non-factor in the passing game. Early 3rd quarter, Miller was targeted while running a crossing route but the pass was too late before the defender disrupted the pass.
2015 Week 8 vs CIN (13 / 10 / 105 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was the go-to target in the passing game. The majority of his targets were short receptions over the middle of the field. Late 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 4, Miller ran a crossing route and made a 10 yard reception. A few plays later, Miller caught a short curl route for a 12 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Miller ran another short curl route for a 6 yard reception. Early 3rd quarter, Miller ran a slant route over the middle and made a 14 yard reception in tight coverage. Later in the drive, he ran a post route and snagged a 25 yard reception over the middle. Late 3rd quarter, Miller caught a check down for an 8 yard gain. Late 4th quarter, Miller ran a slant route for a 13 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Miller picked up 11 yards on a quick check down reception.
2015 Week 9 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller received six targets in the game completing three receptions. Early 1st quarter, Miller found an opening in the middle of the field for a 22 yard reception. Mid 1st quarter, Miller made a reception on a quick comeback route for a 5 yard gain. Late 4th quarter, Miller ran a sideline route and completed a 5 yard reception.
2015 Week 10 vs CLE (7 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller had 4 receptions on 7 targets for 40 yards. Mid 1st quarter, Miller ran a screen pass and made a 1 yard reception. During the middle of the 2nd quarter, Miller found an opening in the middle of the field completing a 27 yard reception. A couple of plays later, Miller ran a TE screen for an 8 yard gain. Early 4th quarter, Miller ran a crossing-route for a 4 yard gain.
2015 Week 12 vs SEA (6 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was a focal point of the passing game during the first half until he left with a rib injury. During the first series, Heath Miller caught a screen pass for a 7 yard reception. Mid 1st quarter, Miller ran a slant-route for a 9 yard reception. A couple of plays later, Miller ran another slant-route good for a 17 yard reception. Late 1st quarter, Miller ran an out-route for a 8 yard reception. He followed that up with an out-route for a 4 yard reception. Miller left the game during the second quarter with a rib injury.
2015 Week 14 vs CIN (10 / 10 / 66 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Heath Miller was the go-to receiver during the game. Miller had a career-high 10 receptions on 10 targets for 66 yards. Miller started early on the opening drive with a 7 yard reception on a TE screen pass. A few plays later on 3rd and 8, Miller ran an out-route for a 10 yard reception. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 2, Mille ran a curl-route for a 4 yard reception. Mid 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 7, Miller ran a curl-route for a 13 yard reception. A couple of plays later, Miller caught a TE screen pass for a 9 yard reception. On the next play on 3rd and 1, Miller boxed out his defender for a 2 yard reception. Late 2nd quarter, Miller ran a slant-route for a 9 yard reception. Late 3rd quarter, Miller caught a screen pass for a 9 yard reception.
2015 Week 15 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller had 3 receptions on 5 targets for 12 yards. Late 2nd quarter, Miller ran a curl-route for a 5 yard reception. A couple of plays later, Miller ran a crossing-route for a 5 yard reception. Late 4th quarter, Miller ran an out-route for a 2 yard reception.
2015 Week 16 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller had 5 receptions on 6 targets for 49 yards. Late 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 17, Miller caught a screen pass for a 11 yard reception. Early 4th quarter, Miller ran a curl-route for a 9 yard reception. On the next play, Miller ran a quick slant for a 20 yard reception. A few plays later, Miller ran a crossing-route for a 6 yard reception.
2015 Week 17 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec)
Heath Miller had 3 receptions for 18 yards and 1 touchdown. Mid 1st quarter, Miller caught a 2 yard touchdown reception. On the play, Miller ran a crossing route in the back-middle of the end zone before making the reception in traffic. Late 2nd quarter, Miller ran a curl-route for a 5 yard reception. Early 4th quarter, Miller ran a curl-route for a 11 yard reception.
2015 Week 18 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller had 2 receptions for 9 yards. Early 1st quarter, Miller ran a quick slant for a 5 yard reception. Late 2nd quarter, Miller caught a screen pass for a 4 yard reception.
2014 Week 1 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Miller had a productive, albeit quiet, Sunday. He caught 3 passes from 4 targets, all in the first half; he was a non-factor in the second half of the game, as was much of the Steelers' offense.
2014 Week 2 vs BAL (7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was utilized primarily when Roethlisberger was under pressure; all of his catches were short passes up the middle of the field, generally on stick routes, for minimal gain. His largest gain of the evening was a 19-yard reception that was called back because RG David DeCastro was illegally downfield on the play. Miller also lost a fumble in the 4th quarter that set up the Ravens for an easy field goal. Miller is generally quite valuable in the redzone, but the Steelers only ran 4 plays in the redzone in this game, thereby limiting Miller's fantasy output.
2014 Week 3 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Generally Roethlisberger's escape target, Miller saw limited action in a game where Big Ben was seldom under pressure. Miller caught a 16-yard pass on a seam route in the second quarter and another 30-yard pass on a slant route late in the game; he finished the day with 51 yards receiving. He was targeted once in the endzone, but Roethlisberger's pass sailed high.
2014 Week 5 vs JAX (4 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
After a great fantasy week in Week #4, Miller returned to Earth against the Jags; he caught 3 passes on 4 targets and picked up 46 yards. Miller's best play was a 27-yard overhead catch near the end of the 2nd quarter; he also caught a pass and was tackled at the 1-foot line, just missing his 2nd touchdown of the season.
2014 Week 6 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was not a major player in the Steelers' passing attack, garnering only 4 targets in a game where the Steelers played from behind for the entire game. His targets were exclusively short crossing patterns that yielded minor gains in situations where short yardage was necessary. For fantasy purposes, Miller is only a bye-week filler until his role in this offense is increased.
2014 Week 7 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Despite playing over 90% of the Steelers' offensive snaps, Miller was only targeted twice all game (one target was negated due to a defensive holding penalty). His lone statistical contribution was a short reception for 13 yards in the 2nd quarter.
2014 Week 8 vs IND (8 / 7 / 112 / 1 rec)
Heath Miller had a tremendous day against the Colts' secondary. With Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton distracting linebackers away from the middle of the field, Miller got plenty of targets (8) in a game where Ben Roethlisberger threw nearly 50 passes. Miller caught a 49-yard pass in the 3rd quarter when Wheaton drew double-coverage, leaving Miller wide-open and able to gain 40 yards after the catch; he was tackled just prior to reaching the endzone at the 4-yard line. Miller pulled in his 2nd touchdown of the season, and Roethlisberger's 6th of the day, on play action when Miller pretended to block before releasing to catch an 11-yard pass, uncontested
2014 Week 9 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Coming off a strong 100-yard performance last week, Heath Miller had a quiet fantasy day despite playing 100% of the Steelers' offensive snaps. Miller was used primarily as a blocker against the Ravens, likely to help contain their dominant DE Terrell Suggs. Miller was targeted on back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter; he caught one of those targets for a 14-yard pickup.
2014 Week 10 vs NYJ (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Tight End Heath Miller played every offensive snap, but was relatively quiet in the Steelers' offensive game plan. Miller caught 3 passes (from 3 targets) in the second half for a combined total of 29 yards.
2014 Week 11 vs TEN (5 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller caught all five of his targets and gained 10+ yards on four of those receptions. Miller did everything asked of him in the game, blocking well for Le'Veon Bell, running clean routes, and catching everything thrown his way from Ben Roethlisberger. Despite his solid contributions to the Steelers' team, he remains only a bye-week filler for fantasy purposes because of how he is used (inconsistently) in this offensive scheme.
2014 Week 13 vs NO (14 / 8 / 82 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was the most highly-targeted Steeler receiver on the afternoon (14 targets) and managed to pull in over half of those targets to compile a nice fantasy day (8 receptions for 82 yards). Most of Miller's targets came across the middle when Ben Roethlisberger was unable to find his primary receivers in space. Despite his solid day, Miller remains a bye-week filler in fantasy circles due to his inconsistent involvement in the Steelers' offensive attack.
2014 Week 14 vs CIN (3 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
After an 8-catch performance versus New Orleans just a week ago, Heath Miller saw his action in the Steelers' offense dramatically diminished this week. Miller was targeted only three times on the afternoon. His sole catch, however, was a productive one; Miller was on the receiving end of a 1-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter on a play where he feigned a block before releasing an easily pulling in the catch. Miller also caught a 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
2014 Week 15 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller once again did everything that was asked of him by the Steelers' offense. Miller ran pass routes effectively, catching 4 of his 5 targets, as well as staying behind to block when necessary. Miller's biggest catch of the day locked down the victory for his team; on third down late in the fourth quarter, Miller caught a 25-yard pass that allowed the Steelers to avoid giving the ball back to the Falcons when they were down only one score. After his catch, the Steelers were able to take the victory formation and run out the clock to secure the win.
2014 Week 16 vs KC (8 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec)
Miller finished with 68 receiving yards for the second consecutive week in a game where the KC cornerbacks did an admirable job of limiting the Steeler wide receivers. Miller was targeted by Ben Roethlisberger on three straight redzone passes during a drive in the second quarter; he caught two of them and dropped the third, a would-be touchdown, before Le'Veon Bell barreled a 1-yard TD run on the following play. Perhaps Miller's biggest contribution was a key third down conversion in Chiefs' territory late in the fourth quarter that allowed the Steelers to bleed precious time from the clock during a close 17-9 game; that conversion led to a Shaun Suisham field goal that ultimately put the game out of reach for the Chiefs.
2014 Week 17 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
The veteran tight end finished the regular season with 66 receptions, which puts him just 5 receptions behind John Stallworth for second on the Steelers' franchise list for career receptions. Against the Bengals, Miller was targeted often--he trailed only Antonio Brown in passing targets on the evening. While his fantasy numbers were somewhat pedestrian, they could have been much better if Miller were able to pull in a Ben Roethlisberger pass that was just off his fingertips in the endzone early in the game.
2014 Week 18 vs BAL (9 / 6 / 76 / 0 rec)
The Steelers entered the game against the league's best pass-rush defense without an experienced blocker in the backfield, which led many to believe that Heath Miller would be largely eliminated from the passing game because he would be forced to pick up blitzes and help with protecting Ben Reothlisberger. Initially, it appears that was likely the case, as Miller was targeted only twice prior to the two-minute warning of the first half; however, after the Steelers fell behind, Miller was targeted often and he was, as usual, effective in moving the ball. Miller's largest gain on the evening was a 30-yard catch where Roethlisberger evaded pressure and escaped the pocket to find Miller uncovered near the sideline. Miller remains a low-end TE1 moving into 2015 for redraft formats.
2013 Week 3 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Miller was immediately targeted by Roethlisberger on the second play of the game. He caught a quick curl underneath as the defense dropped into zone coverage. Miller was rotating in and out of the game. He caught another pass underneath on third and long to set up a field goal, before catching a deep crossing route to start the next drive.
2013 Week 4 vs MIN (8 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)
Miller caught Roethlisberger's first pass. He extended his route to the sideline after the quarterback broke a tackle in the pocket. Miller caught a big pass down the field on second and 10 after the Steelers faked a screen. The Vikings initially didn't bite on the fake, but Roethlisberger evaded two defenders while Miller kept working across the field for the big play. Roethlisberger went straight back to Miller on a curl underneath for seven yards. Miller lined up as a receiver at the goalline. Roethlisberger immediately looked to throw the fade route to him, but he overthrew him. The final play of the third quarter saw Miller catch a curl route for 11 yards and a first down over the middle. Miller caught a 12 yard pass to put the Steelers in the redzone. Importantly, Miller caught the ball while being hit by two defenders, one who caught him on his knee. Miller showed no il-effects. Miller caught a pass by the sideline on second and 10 for seven yards as the Steelers drove to try and tie the game.
2013 Week 6 vs NYJ (7 / 6 / 84 / 0 rec)
On third and 14 early in the first quarter, Miller caught a poorly run screen pass for a short gain. Miller's second target came at the start of the second quarter, when he converted a second and 18. Miller roes above a defender with another behind him to snatch the ball out of the air. To start the next drive, Roethlisberger went straight back to Heath Miller on a quick out route that he carried down the field for a first down. On second and eight later in the second quarter, Miller caught another screen pass for three yards. On a third down late in the third quarter, Miller was left wide open underneath on a crossing route. He caught the ball underneath before running downfield for a first down and more. David Harris blew his assignment on that play, but Miller beat Harris on an out route on the next drive. However, Miller was stopped short of a first down by the linebacker on third down.
2013 Week 7 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)
The Steelers ran some wildcat plays early in the first quarter, so it wasn't a huge surprise that their first touchdown came on an unconventional play. Heath Miller caught a shovel pass underneath after coming behind the line of scrimmage for the short touchdown. Miller's second reeption came on a more typical play for the tight end, but atypically he fumbled the football. The Ravens recovered just before the half in good scoring position. Miller didn't have a good game as he dropped a pass late in the fourth quarter also.
2013 Week 8 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
On second and 10, Roethlisberger found Miller on a crossing route for a one yard gain. Miller was tackled as soon as the ball arrived. On the very next play, Roethlisberger overthrew Miller running an out route that would likely have gone for a first down. Miller caught a first down pass after breaking off a play-action over the middle of the field. Miller took a hard shot to his knee but got up immediately. The tight end caught a pass in the flat late in the foruth quarter that he carried forward for a first down.
2013 Week 9 vs NE (5 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Miller's first reception went for eight yards on second and 10 as he ran an out route in the second quarter. Later in the second quarter, Miller caught a pass in the flat before converting a second and seven for a first down. When the Patriots left Miller uncovered midway through the third quarter, Roethlisberger threw it to him quickly to allow him to carry the ball downfield for 10+ yards and a first down. On the final drive of the game, Miller caught an out route for a first down on third and three.
2013 Week 10 vs BUF (5 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Miller dropped his first target before catching a screen late in the second quarter for a short gain. On one of the few occasions during his career, Miller wasn't heavily involved in the passing game. He was targetted in the end zone later in the fourth quarter, but he couldn't go up and get the ball over a defensive back.
2013 Week 11 vs DET (10 / 8 / 67 / 0 rec)
Miller caught Roethlisberger's first pass of the day. It was 2nd-and-13 and he caught the ball in the flat before knocking a defender backwards to complete a five yard gain. Roethlisberger went straight back to Miller for a first down on a nine yard curl route. After pass blocking, Miller caught a pitched pass in the flat from Roethlisberger before running down the field for a first down. Miller will be blamed for dropping a touchdown pass in the second quarter, but Roethlisberger made the catch difficult on him by throwing the ball too high so he couldn't come down with it. Miller caught a short route on third and 25 to set up a punt. In the fourth quarter, Miller caught a nine yard pass underneath on 1st-and-10. Miller caught a pass over the middle of the field straight after with a defender on his back for a first down. A quick pass in the flat on 1st-and-10 gave Miller three yards. A few plays later, he caught exactly the same pass to the other side of the field.
2013 Week 12 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Miller's first reception came as he kept working over the middle of the field as Roethlisberger extended the play. On the second drive of the game, Miller caught a quick pass in the flat for two yards. Miller beat a linebacker on a quick out for a first down during the Steelers' two minute drill before half time. Roethlisberger went straight back to Miller as the tight end broke a tackle for another first down. In the third quarter, Miller caught a quick pass in the flat for eight yards.
2013 Week 13 vs BAL (9 / 8 / 86 / 0 rec)
Miller's first reception went for a first down as he came free over the middle of the field on an out route. The tight end caught a pass down the seam when he was wide open on first and 10 after play action. He had a 15+ yard gain. Miller followed that up with a quick pass in the flat for a short gain. Miller caught a short pass in the flat on first and 10. Miller almost scored a touchdown but was tackled inches out when he caught a pass over the middle of the field. He caught an underneath curl route for six yards. Miller followed that up with an impressive hands catch for a first down. For the third straight play, Roethlisberger found Miller over the middle for a first down. With less than two minutes to go and the Steelers in need of a score, Miller caught an apparent touchdown pass between two defenders running down the seam. Miller was ruled down just short of the goal line, but it was still an outstanding catch.
2013 Week 14 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)
In the first quarter, Miller found a huge amount of space over the middle the field on a post route. Play-action drew the coverage out of position. Miller caught a short pass on third and 11 for three yards. Again after play-action in the third quarter, Miller caught a pass for 36 yards down the sideline.
2013 Week 15 vs CIN (4 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Miller wasn't targeted until the Steelers' third drive, but that's because the passing game focused on LeVeon Bell early on. He caught a four yard pass by the sideline underneath. When the Bengals blitzed Roethlisberger in the second quarter, Miller understood his hot route responsibility and caught a pass underneath for nine yards. As he has done throughout his career, Miller came free wide open over the middle of the field when Roethlisberger was given time in the pocket in the second quarter. In the third quarter, Miller caught a deep out route when he beat safety George Iloka with an excellent route. After missing the start of the seaosn, it appears that Miller's value as a receiver to Roethlisberger hasn't been what it was in previous seasons. That is not a reflection of his play, but rather an alteration in approach and a focus on Antonio Brown.
2013 Week 16 vs GB (4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Miller caught Roethlisberger's first pass attempt of the game. He ran a quick out route for a five yard gain. With Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell playing well, the Steelers didn't go back to Miller until late in the second quarter. He caught a six yard out route for a first down. Even though he wasn't involved much, when the Steelers needed a third down conversion late in the fourth quarter, they looked to Miller. Roethlisberger threw the ball to him underneath, but he couldn't make it to the first down marker.
2013 Week 17 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Miller made a very impressive reception by the sideline on just the second play of the game for the Steelers offense. Although Miller continued to be a bit-part of the offense like he has been all season, he was still proving to be very effective when targeted. In the third quarter, he had his second reception as he ran a curl route in front of D'Qwell Jackson for a first down.
2012 Week 1 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 50 / 1 rec)
Miller was targeted seven times in the game and actually had two more catches that were negated by Pittsburgh accepting Denver penalties. It's a nice sign for Miller that he continued to get opportunities even after Pittsburgh suffered two injuries on their offensive line. In years past, the team has used Miller as a blocker very often to support a weak line. Miller made impactful plays throughout this one though. His touchdown catch came when he was lined up as an in-line tight end. He ran a short route and then continued it across the goal line, creating just the separation he needed to make the easy catch. Miller's night could have been even bigger, though. Early in the second quarter, Miller was wide open in the back of the endzone, but Roethlisberger didn't loft the ball enough to clear the hands of Tracy Porter, who batted the ball down incomplete. Miller won't be an elite fantasy tight end, but the number of targets (and endzone targets, particularly) are a sign that he might be used as a receiver more this season.
2012 Week 2 vs NYJ (3 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)
Miller had his second straight game with a touchdown, matching his total from all of 2011. He also caught a couple of third down passes that converted first downs. On his third catch, he was split wide and isolated against safety Yeremiah Bell. Roethlisberger hit him on a nice back-shoulder pass for 10 yards that continued the drive and resulted in a game-clinching touchdown. Miller may be used more to supplement the run game if the team continues to struggle, but as of now, he's been a consistent and high-impact part of the passing game.
2012 Week 3 vs OAK (9 / 8 / 60 / 2 rec)
Miller had a huge day in this one as he was clearly part of Pittsburgh's game plan. His two short touchdowns in the first quarter represented his third and fourth such scores this season. In years past, he was utilized more as a blocker to support a poor offensive line, but Todd Haley has found creative ways to get him involved. Pittsburgh hasn't been successful in obvious short-yardage run situations, so Miller's usage so far isn't fluky. The team needs to use him as a red zone option because as talented as Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown are, they're not elite red zone options.
2012 Week 5 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Miller was clearly Roethlisberger's favourite target on the day despite not leading the team in receptions. His first catch was a short gain in the flat when he was immediately tackled by Nnamdi Asomugha. The second was a screen catch that went for 18 yards in the open field. Miller caught a seven yard pass on third and very long after coming out fo the backfield. He was wide open and carried the ball to the underneath coverage. On one occasion, Miller was well covered underneath with Roethlisberger looking directly at him. Either Miller reacted well to Roethlisberger's pump fake, or he was running an option route off of an initial curl route. Roethlisberger faked the pass to him to draw in the defenders, before hitting Miller in open space for a first down. The only time Roethlisberger missed Miller was when he overthrew him at the goalline despite the tight end being wide open.
2012 Week 6 vs TEN (9 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
After becoming more of a block-first tight end under former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Miller is emerging as a consistent pass-catching threat this season under Todd Haley. In previous seasons, the Pittsburgh offensive line was average at best and typically had some injuries, so Miller was used to supplement the efforts up front. This season, however, even though the line still isn't performing well, Miller is getting his chance to shine as a receiver. There was perhaps no greater indication of this than the fact that Miller continued getting targets, catches, yards, and 1st downs even after two injuries to the offensive line. The Arians offense was primarily centered around vertical passes to the wide receivers. Haley, however, seems to want to spread the ball around to all parts of the field. Between the new play-calling and the team's need to pass quickly to protect Ben Roethlisberger, Miller should continue performing at the level he has so far this season.
2012 Week 7 vs CIN (8 / 6 / 53 / 1 rec)
Miller was an integral part of the Steelers' victory against the Bengals on Sunday night. He was an excellent in-line blocker as Jonathan Dwyer had a big day, often helping seal the Bengals wide defensive end to the outside on interior runs. Miller was targeted twice in the end zone, with one catch for a touchdown. The other pass was intercepted by Chris Crocker. Miller's best catch on the day came on a two point conversion right before halftime. On the play, Miller broke free from the left side of the line and ran a fade route to the left back pylon. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger deftly lofted the ball on a high arc that Miller was able to haul in for a completion. He also had a thirty yard reception on a go route up the seam in the middle of the field. Otherwise, most of Miller's routes (and receptions) came on quick pop-outs and curls wherein he served as the team's outlet receiver.
2012 Week 8 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)
Miller's re-emergence as a pass-catching threat (particularly in the red zone) is leading to an All-Pro caliber season. The way he has been used in the end zone has been brilliant. With Wallace, Brown, and Sanders, the team has a great receiving corps, but none of those three are known for their red zone prowess (Wallace mainly due to imprecise route running; Brown and Sanders due to a lack of size). Therefore, Miller has presented himself as a very potent weapon from in close, which will allow other options to open up in short yardage situations. On his touchdown catch, he was initially covered but continued his route across the back of the end zone as Ben Roethlisberger freelanced. Finally, Roethlisberger threw a dart on the run to Miller, who held on nicely and got both feet in bounds. Miller's presence indirectly contributed to Roethlisberger's other touchdowns as well. The run is always an option in goal line situations, but with Miller having to be accounted for also, two guys who typically never see the ball (Leonard Pope and Will Johnson) both caught touchdowns - simply because the defense couldn't cover every single option.
2012 Week 9 vs NYG (5 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller had a quiet but solid performance against the Giants. Miller worked the middle of the field well, caught the ball in open space and took advantage of a Giants defense that was struggling against the run while paying less attention to guys like Miller. Miller did have one drop in the open field, likely as a result of the hit he was about to take and he failed to secure the catch in time. Roethlisberger relied on Miller a lot of to move the chains, mostly with option routes over the middle of the field. Miller was a great option on third down, as the Giants struggled to defend all the facets of Pittsburgh's offense. Miller generally only manages to score touchdowns in the redzone using his big frame as big plays down the field are rare for him, but the Steelers chose to run a lot in the redzone. Pittsburgh ran the ball with Redman a lot anyway, as they found great success. Miller was great as a chain mover but with the running game and explosive plays from his WR teammates, consistently good production from Miller will not be guaranteed as a fantasy option.
2012 Week 10 vs KC (4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Miller caught Roethlisberger's first catch in a gap between the linebackers and safeties in zone coverage for 20 yards. Miller caught his second pass over the middle when Roethlisberger hit him quickly on a curl route underneath. Miller caught another first down pass on a quick out on third and short. Miller then was open on play action over the middle for another first down when Roethlisberger hit him in the numbers.
2012 Week 11 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller had a tough game. He didn't secure his first catch until the second quarter when he settled into the middle of zone coverage for a 16 yard gain. During Pittsburgh's two minute drill before halftime, Miller was wide open on a crossing route, but the ball was thrown behind him. If the ball was on target, Miller makes the catches and gains at least 20 yards. During the fourth quarter, Miller lined up in the backfield and ran a wheel route for a six-yard gain. Miller demonstrated good acceleration after the catch as he lunged for the first down. During Pittsburgh's last possession, Miller ran a post route, but took a big hit from Graham and did not secure the catch. The throw was clearly lacking velocity. Of all Pittsburgh skill position players, it's obvious that Miller misses his chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger the most.
2012 Week 12 vs CLE (8 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)
Miller's first half was very quiet, but he was used often in the second. His first half production only accounted for one of his six catches and 11 of his 63 yards. Miller became Batch's security blanket as Todd Haley's play-calling removed Miller from pass protection often and allowed Batch some quick and easy throws. Miller is the player on the team least affected by losing Ben Roethlisberger to injury, as he should continue to utilized in the same ways he was while Roethlisberger was healthy.
2012 Week 13 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 97 / 1 rec)
Miller's first reception came within one minute of the end of the first half. He ran a crossing route away from a defender on third and long before extending to make a reception over his shoulder and running out of bounds. Miller caught a pass for seven yards a few plays later underneath after Charlie Batch recovered a broken snap. Miller caught a deep pass on a crossing route over the middle and carried it forward for 43 yards. Miller added 19 more yards in the fourth quarter on a beautifully designed play from Todd Haley. With Chris Rainey in the game for the first time all day, Charlie Batch fakd a pass to him in the flat before throwing it straight to Miller who had been faking going outside to block for the running back. Miller was really helping his quarterback out, and showed off outstanding athleticism to score a game tying touchdown in the fourth quarter when he stretched out to reach the pylon with the football before going out of bounds. Miller was outstanding and a difference-maker in determining the outcome of this game.
2012 Week 14 vs SD (9 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)
Miller was quiet for most of the game, and did the majority of his damage in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach. He came close to scoring a garbage time touchdown late in the contest. He caught one over the middle, ran through a tackler, and lunged for the end zone. But his knee had just barely touched down when the ball was at the 1-yard line. On the next play, Pittsburgh tried to reward him with a touchdown opportunity but he dropped a pass in the end zone that hit him in the chest.
2012 Week 15 vs DAL (7 / 7 / 92 / 1 rec)
Miller caught a curl underneath before turning upfield for a first down and 12 yards. Roethlisberger hit Miller for a 17 yard gain over the middle with a defender draped over his back. Miller was hit by Roethlisberger running an underneath route across the field before he turned forward for an eight yard gain. Miller caught another crossing route when he faked a stop over the middle and beat a defender for 13 yards. Roethlisberger went straight back to Miller for a six yard gain running a similar route. After 47/48 pump fakes in the pocket, Roethlisberger found Miller wide open on the right sideline. Miller caught the ball 20 yards from the goal-line, but had an easy run in to the endzone. Miller caught a six yard curl underneath to start overtime.
2012 Week 16 vs CIN (9 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
After Roethlisberger was intercepted on a pass that went towards Heath Miller, Roethlisberger went straight back to him for a 12 yard gain over the middle on play-action. Miller was shaken up after the play. After a quiet first half, Miller caught a deep crossing route on play-action in the third quarter for a first down. Miller caught a seven yard curl against zone coverage on second and 10. Miller left the game late in the fourth quarter with a right leg injury. He didn't put any weight on the leg as he was carried from the field.
2011 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Miller has great hands, deceptive speed, and runs great routes. Those are all prerequisites for a great pass-catching tight end. Miller's offensive production, however, is a victim of his own ability to be a good blocker though. Between the team's need for him to help with blocking and the aforementioned talent at wide receiver, Miller has fallen down the list of targets in Pittsburgh. Most of his production in this game came when the game was out of hand. In a typical game, he's the team's 4th target in their preferred passing sets of three receivers.
2011 Week 2 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Last season after right tackle Willie Colon's season-ending injury in the preseason, Miller was used as a blocker more than a pass-catcher. This season, it would appear to be the same way. With a lack of experience and elite talent on the offensive line, Miller's blocking skills are a valuable commodity for the Steelers offense, which likes to run deep vertical routes and others that take time to develop (just as much a reason for their high sacks allowed numbers in the last few seasons as the offensive line or Roethlisberger's willingness to hold on to the ball too long). Miller could have had another catch for 15-20 yards if he hadn't been overthrown by Roethlisberger, but even a second catch wouldn't have made his pass-catching skills jump off the page at readers or off the screen at viewers. Between the emerging talents at wide receiver and young, injured offensive line, Miller has nearly become an offensive lineman eligible to catch the occasional pass - not a tight end who only blocks occasionally.
2011 Week 3 vs IND (6 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
Miller had what was easily his best game as a pass-catcher so far this year. While mainly used as a blocking support player in the first two weeks, the Steelers used a lot of multiple-tight end sets, which allowed Miller to get out into some routes. Pittsburgh also ran two tight end screens to Miller, which again shows a tendency to throw screens to players who can't break them for big plays. Miller's big game may not be something sustainable, unless the Steelers continue to utilize backup tight end David Johnson as a blocker in multiple-TE sets.
2011 Week 4 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Miller is going to continue to lose targets in this offense. One reason is due to the young receivers getting better each week. Another is because he's going to be called upon to help with blocking duties more and more. While his skills would allow him to be a nice pass-catching tight end, the team's scheme limit his upside in that regard.
2011 Week 5 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 46 / 1 rec)
Miller has been used more as a blocker with the team's offensive line troubles. He was used a bit more in the passing game this week - including his first TD. It's not necessarily a sign of things to come, however, as Miller was the second or third option on a play that had two receivers left - the direction in which Roethlisberger looked first. After moving off of them, Miller was available in the middle at the goal line for the TD.
2011 Week 6 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Miller continues to be as involved in the passing game as a fifth option can be. He caught each of Roethlisberger's first two passes (for 18 yards), something that perhaps allowed his quarterback to get into the rhythm that led to Pittsburgh's first half domination. A play that resulted in an incomplete pass perhaps showed Miller's athleticism best. On a play down the sideline, Roethlisberger threw the pass a bit too far to the outside in an attempt to keep it away from the defender, but Miller managed to show off his vertical leap, catching the pass but unfortunately coming down out of bounds. While he's not Vernon Davis or Jermichael Finley, he's still a very athletic player for his 6'5" 256-pound frame. His place on the proverbial totem pole of Pittsburgh pass-catchers, however, keeps him from being a consistent threat to impact the box score each week.
2011 Week 7 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 59 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Despite being the team's fifth receiving option, Pittsburgh has run more plays for Miller of late. His first catch, resulting in a touchdown, came on a well-run wheel route. Miller was also used on 3rd down situations - catching a 21-yard pass on a 3rd-and-6 that continued the drive that led to Emmanuel Sanders' touchdown. Two plays later, Miller also caught a 17-yard pass. His involvement continues to grow in this offense, but this game was likely more a product of the gameplan and aggressive passing.
2011 Week 8 vs NE (9 / 7 / 85 / 0 rec)
This was easily Miller's most-involved game of the season. The team had been ramping up his usage in the last three games but certainly not so much that this kind of output was expected. His production was probably 10% due to Ward being out and 90% due to game plan. Pittsburgh knew that New England's linebackers would struggle in coverage without Jerrod Mayo, and struggle they did. Miller had four catches on five targets on Pittsburgh opening drive (11 plays, resulting in a TD). He then had two more catches on three more targets on the team's second drive. The constant interior throws set the tone and allowed Pittsburgh more room on the edges later in the game. It was brilliant strategy to use Miller as a tough-to-tackle pass catcher who can take the wind out of the defense's sails. With all of the weapons on the outside, to get beat down the field two drives in a row by a player like Miller had to be deflating for New England. Miller's production is unlikely to stay this high, but he showed that he's fully capable of being a legitimate pass-catching threat that can't go unaccounted for by any defense.
2011 Week 9 vs BAL (5 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)
Miller had his second straight game of high production. He is an above-average route runner, has great size, and has wonderful hands. It was easy to predict that his production would rise when Ward went out of the game, and should Ward miss more time, Miller will remain involved. When everyone is fully healthy, Miller is the fourth of fifth option in the passing game. Now, however, he's solidly in the third position if Ward misses more time.
2011 Week 10 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Miller took a really big hit near the end zone early in the first quarter but was able to somehow hold on to the ball. That led to a 2 yard TD plunge by teammate RB Rashard Mendenhall. He also bobbled a ball that led to the only interception by Roethlisberger. The Steelers were quite balanced on offense and for the most part were in control most of the game. This limited the opportunities for Miller as receiving threat.
2011 Week 12 vs KC (2 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
This was Miller's first low-production game in a while. It was more a product of the whole offense's inability to sustain a rhythm than his play. He was targeted twice in tight windows - one of which led to a defensive penalty, the other of which led to a deflected and incomplete pass. Miller is still showing his ability to get downfield and be available for his quarterback, but Kansas City's defensive scheme against him - and the rest of his teammates - was very good.
2011 Week 13 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
This was a second straight low-production game from Miller. He's still arguably the team's best option in the middle of the field and a great safety valve for his quarterback, but in this game, Pittsburgh called many short, quick passes to its receivers - leaving Miller with few chances.
2011 Week 14 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
On the team's next drive after Ward's fumble, they made it downfield again only to see Miller fumble near the Cleveland 5-yard line. He play was an effort play and an attempt to gain more yardage, but it was ill-advised. With a decision that likely would have netted just one more yard, Miller put his shoulder down and attempted to run over a defender. The defender got lower and was able to drive his shoulder into the ball, jarring it loose. Miller wasn't heard from for most of the rest of the game, but it's likely due to the team calling quick-hit pass plays and only being able to use 1-2 targets in an effort to keep Roethlisberger from getting hit again.
2011 Week 15 vs SF (9 / 5 / 82 / 0 rec)
Miller was available in the middle of the field pretty frequently for Roethlisberger and was used often. The absence of uber-linebacker Patrick Willis could have helped factor into that. Miller could have had a bigger night too, as he was the target of Roethlisberger's second interception. Miller was open on the play, but Roethlisberger sailed the pass high and off Miller's outstretched hands.
2011 Week 16 vs STL (2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Miller wasn't a large part of the team's plan as balance was the emphasis in this game. He was used more as a blocker than receiver, and in a game without Roethlisberger and his ability to extend plays to his 3rd, 4th, and 5th options, Miller wasn't going to have much impact. The team doesn't typically design a lot of plays specifically for him. His blocking, though, was excellent - especially his pulling left on Mendenhall's long gain.
2011 Week 17 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Miller wasn't a large part of the passing game because of the run-heavy game plan against Cleveland's soft run defense. Center Maurkice Pouncey returned for this game, but left guard Doug Legursky missed the game with a shoulder injury sustained in Week 16. When the offensive line is missing players, Miller is often called upon to do some dirty work and help in the run game. The team's red zone struggles, however, dictate that Miller should perhaps be used more in the middle of the field. The throws into the endzone were all made to the perimeter rather than the interior.
2011 Week 18 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)
Miller was an afterthought in the Week 16 and 17 game plans for Pittsburgh. They came out using him early and often in this game though. He gained 41 yards on consecutive plays on the team's opening drive. Miller also made a nice effort play at the end of the first half when the ball was snapped over Roethlisberger's head. Knowing his QB was hobbled, Miller hustled back to recover the ball and allow Pittsburgh to punt - as opposed to a Denver "scoop and score."
2010 Week 1 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
n terms of production without Roethlisberger, Miller falls more into the Ward category than the Wallace category. Because he's an established player whose production relies more upon short and intermediate routes, Miller will still be a relevant target for Dixon. The very first throw of the game for Pittsburgh went to Miller, in fact. Similar to most tight ends, the cliché of "safety blanket" applies to Miller because he's a player who can find his way into open spaces on critical 3rd down plays. Steelers coaches often call Miller the league's best tight end. This may sound like a bit of bravado for their guy - especially when considering he went opposite arguably the best tight end ever in this game - but Miller is an all-around beast. He's among the league's most effective blocking tight ends - a distinction usually given to the 2nd and 3rd guys on their teams' depth charts. Miller, however, is obviously the Steelers' #1 and has the ability to catch passes as well. The Steelers feel that if he were utilized like the tight ends who catch 85+ balls that he would be in the Pro Bowl every year. Despite one-quarter of the year being played with a backup quarterback, Miller is still looks every bit the player from his 76 rec, 789 yard, 6 TD season from a year ago. With the Starks injury mentioned above, however, he might be asked to block a bit more than usual.
2010 Week 2 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Miller caught just two check-down passes in the game, and was dropped almost immediately on both of them. He was targeted two other times on short and intermediate routes, but he was well covered on both plays.
2010 Week 3 vs TB (2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
He was throwing some vicious blocks to free up Mendenhall. With injuries mounting to the OL, Miller will be asked to block a little more than usual. Make no mistake though, this guy gets open when he runs routes and if Pittsburgh had wanted to exploit him a little more they could have. As soon as Roethlisberger returns you will likely see an increase in target for Miller but when he was called upon he looked good running down the seam. Miller had an outstanding 21 yard grab on a 1st and 10 from the Tampa Bay 24 which set up Mendenhall's 3 yard TD plunge in the 1st half.
2010 Week 4 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Miller may be the most in need of Roethlisberger's return. After a career year last season, he has been very pedestrian in terms of stats this season. Miller has been used a blocker more early in the season due to the absence of Roethlisberger, the commitment to the run, and the loss of a few key offensive line personnel for Pittsburgh. One of Miller's two catches in this one, however, was a very big play. On the 93-yard TD drive, Miller got open in the middle of the field behind Ray Lewis and caught a pass on a 3rd-and-5 that gave the Steelers the first down they needed to continue to drive. He will be more and more involved in the passing game when Roethlisberger - a quarterback who can turn sacks into big plays with his mobility - returns.
2010 Week 6 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 50 / 1 rec)
The "Free Heath Miller" movement has begun. The first catch Miller made was a thing of beauty from the perspective of the throw and the catch. Roethlisberger lofted a high touch pass, which led Miller across the field toward the sideline. Miller just held on with his fingertips and gained 36 yards. His TD catch was relatively easy for him. In a situation where the Browns may have been expecting run (4th quarter, 1:31 left), the Steelers used the 3rd-and-4 to throw instead of run more time off the clock and kick a field goal. Miller was single covered on a flag route and easily beat his man to run under the pass for a game-icing TD. Because of the Steelers just-OK line play and their apparent commitment to the run, Miller won't put up 12 games worth of his numbers from last season, but he's still a threat to get 50+ yards and/or score in any game.
2010 Week 7 vs MIA (1 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Miller didn't have much to show for it, but his value could be going up with Big Ben at the helm. On top of his mediocre stat line, Miller made a nine yard catch that was called back on holding, and got a red zone look on third down. He's still a hit or miss play, but Roethlisberger seems just fine depending on him in clutch situations.
2010 Week 9 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Miller has been the forgotten man in this offense all year long. At first, it was because the team was shifting to a mainly-run offense without Roethlisberger and needed Miller to assist with blocking duties. Now that the Steelers are back at full-strength, they're still focusing on the run more than last year, but the main hinderance for Miller's use in the receiving game would seem to be offensive line injuries. It seems that either Starks or right tackle Flozell Adams are hurt nearly every game, so Miller has been asked to strength the edges in run-blocking and pass-blocking. The ironic part of it all is that it's because he's such a good, solid blocker that he's not able to get involved in the receiving game more.
2010 Week 10 vs NE (9 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)
Miller had a nice game here and was more a part of the offense than he has been in weeks. His best catch was during an "extended play" to the right where Miller started slot-left and made his way all the way across to the right sideline for an 18-yard gain - his longest of the night. Despite the fact that most "fantasy-ites" will proclaim that he's not a good offensive weapon because his numbers aren't great, Miller is still one of the best all-around tight ends in the league. One would think that after Ward, Miller would be the next-most dangerous red zone threat for the Steelers, but he was given only one target, which he almost hauled in amazingly with one hand.
2010 Week 11 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Miller was used primarily in the short and medium passing game, catching the ball in the flat and out near the sidelines, where he could turn around and work the sideline for solid gains. He had a nice 18-yard catch and run early in the second quarter where he worked the sideline to perfection to turn a good play into a great one. He and Ward worked the short routes, keeping the defensive secondary honest and allowing Wallace and Sanders to work one on one deep down the field for big plays later in the game.
2010 Week 12 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Miller continues to get a little more involved in the passing game as the season progresses. He's still never going to be an 8-90-1 each game like the Antonio Gates and pre-injury Jermichael Finley, Dallas Clark types because of the Steelers' need to utilize his blocking skills, but Miller's an ideal fit for the Pittsburgh offense.
2010 Week 13 vs BAL (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Miller didn't get many opportunities to shine in this game as the Steelers made the most hey on the perimeter. Much like Ward, he was often well-covered, and passing lanes to the middle were mostly closed. Roethlisberger was having to throw around the defensive front as opposed to in-between it. Miller's health may be an issue coming out of this game as he was concussed on a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit that made all Steeler players and fans further confused by the league's emphasis on hitting defenseless players. The ball had clearly passed Miller as he was finishing the route, but he was then drilled helmet-to-helmet. He went down hard and fast and had both arms raised - the standard concussion "pose." Throughout the game - and then after Miller left - David Johnson (3 REC, 37 YDS. 0 TD, 3 TGT) was making plays in a "forgotten man" fashion. Johnson caught a nice pass over the middle early to make one the Steelers lone impactful plays of the first half. Typically used as a fullback and not a tight end, Johnson had to line up where Miller typically does due to his absence and that or #2 tight end Matt Spaeth as well. Johnson did well to pick up assignments and run the right routes when asked. The Steelers would hope that Johnson won't have to be their starter at TE as they'd prefer to have him play fullback and block - the reason they drafted him in Round 7 two years ago.
2010 Week 16 vs CAR (6 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)
Miller had missed two games in a row after suffering a concussion against Baltimore. He came back in a big way in this game with a season-high in receiving yards and tying a season-high in receptions. Miller was involved early and often in this game, catching two passes on the Steelers' first drive - which led to a field goal - and one pass two plays prior to Mike Wallace's 43-yard touchdown. Miller is not a top-four option on this team, but his importance can't be understated. He blocks much better than his backup, Matt Spaeth, and also seems to run faster and catch better than Spaeth (a "pass-catching specialist" coming out of college) as well.
2010 Week 17 vs CLE (7 / 4 / 55 / 1 rec)
Miller seems to have been used more in the last two games than he had been all season long. Miller's 7 targets were a lot - especially considering the starters didn't play the entire game. His last two games are two of his three highest yardage totals of the year. Anyone watching the Steelers closely can perhaps put two-and-two together when examining Miller's usage and Hines Ward's. It would seem that more plays are being called for Miller in the middle in the last couple weeks. This could perhaps be a cause of Ward breaking down - despite him not having a "public" injury. Miller will continue to be a valuable weapon throughout the postseason, but a bye week for Pittsburgh can only help Ward's cause as well.
2010 Week 19 vs BAL (7 / 5 / 39 / 1 rec)
Miller was a player who before the game was identified as a key player. He'd have to make himself available on short routes against a blitz-happy Ravens defense. Miller stepped up significantly - especially in the second half. His night truly began on the no-huddle drive near the end of the first half where he caught a 13-yard pass on 2nd-and-19 to help continue the drive which would later end with a missed field goal. Miller also beat the Ravens defense for the Steelers' first touchdown of the second half - a play on which he was so open, it could be considered one of the easiest touchdowns of his career. Miller will continue to be a big part of the Steelers' offense as they progress through the playoffs. If he's effective, it helps to open up the deep outsides - where Wallace is at his best.
2010 Week 20 vs NYJ (4 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Miller was overthrown on an early target inside the five that should have been an easy TD, but Miller's sprawling catch was overturned by replay. He still had an effect on the game with a nice downfield catch on the Steelers second scoring drive and a crucial catch on a play action pass during the games decisive drive to kill the clock.
2010 Week 21 vs GB (0 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Miller was a non-factor, with a drop and one catch for a loss of three yards as his big negative plays, although he did get a first down on the game's final drive to give the Steelers some short-lived momentum.
2009 Week 1 vs TEN (8 / 8 / 64 / 0 rec)
Miller's line was almost identical to his line vs. the Titans last year. He was targeted often as a safety valve, seemingly knowing exactly when to turn and face Roethlisberger because he had exhausted his downfield options. Miller ran tough after the catch even though he didn't break any big gains, and he should be a big part of the passing game when the Steelers face teams that keep the game close. He is still not trustworthy as an everyweek starter, but Miller is one of the best backup fantasy TEs to own in PPR leagues.
2009 Week 2 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Miller was once again Roethlisberger's safety valve, but there are very few called passes to #83. Even with more footballs in the air, the Steelers are content to pass mainly to the wide receivers, leaving Miller out in the cold in the game plan.
2009 Week 3 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 20 / 0 rec)
Miller was targeted frequently as a checkdown option after getting open in the underneath zones when the Bengal linebackers dropped off the line of scrimmage.
2009 Week 4 vs SD (9 / 8 / 70 / 2 rec)
Miller was once served as Roethlisberger check-down/safety valve option catching a variety of short to intermediate passes while lining up all over the field. Overall Miller played a huge role for the Steelers in week 4 and it will show in the final box score numbers. In the 3rd quarter Miller fumbled down inside the 2 yard line, but the ball was recovered by the Steelers which kept the drive alive. Miller then caught pair of 2nd half TD's, one on a corner fade route while being loosely guarded by SD LB Clinton Hart and then on a TD pass from RB Mewelde Moore who was faking a carry. Miller remains one of the more consistent, if not spectacular TE options in fantasy football today.
2009 Week 5 vs DET (6 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)
Miller helped the Steelers to a quick lead in the first half, catching all five of his short passes before halftime. Miller caught all but one of his targets as he went 5 for 5 after one pass sailed wide early. Miller feasted on short passes, racking up 9-15 yards on each of his grabs on the side and over the middle, highlighted by a TE screen for a touchdown in the second quarter. Miller remains a borderline fantasy TE1 and a solid start during bye weeks and up against good matchups.
2009 Week 6 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 80 / 1 rec)
Miller used his speed to easily gain separation from the Cleveland linebackers and also found space underneath the Browns' two deep coverage for long gains. Miller worked himself open in the corner of the end zone after the Steeler offensive line gave Ben Roethlisberger great protection for a touchdown. When the Steeler deep threats were covered downfield, Miller was Roethlisberger's most frequent check down target.
2009 Week 7 vs MIN (6 / 6 / 38 / 0 rec)
Miller was the check-down receiver for Big Ben in this game, and he was used a lot on second and long situations. The Vikings took away the outside routes, and were covering the RBs well out of the backfield. Miller found the soft underside of the defense multiple times and turned five second and long situations into five third and short situations. He never quite reached the first down marker, but he always put his team in a position to do it, and made the down and distance much more manageable for the Steelers against a tough, Minnesota defense.
2009 Week 9 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Miller was a good outlet target for Ben Roethlisberger when the Broncos blitz was on. However, Miller's greatest contribution came as a run blocker on Monday night. Pittsburgh began attacking Denver with counter plays to the weak side of the field, and Miller would often come in motion and then seal the edge to let Rashard Mendenhall get free.
2009 Week 10 vs CIN (6 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Miller made a number of tough catches over the middle, but all of his gains were short. Miller generally stayed in to help protect Roethlisberger and had few high leverage targets, including none in the red zone.
2009 Week 11 vs KC (8 / 7 / 95 / 1 rec)
Miller continued to put up good numbers this week. He was money anytime Roethlisberger needed him. He caught nearly everything thrown his way, and would have topped 100 yards if not for a penalty that negated his very first catch. If the passing game keeps on clicking like this, Miller will continue to reap the rewards.
2009 Week 12 vs BAL (4 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller had his quietist game of the season in week 12 for the Steelers. He managed to reel in a single short catch in the flat for 2 yards. With the Steelers concentrating on running the ball more in front of Dennis Dixon, Miller was relegated to more blocking assignments than usual. Expect this to continue until Big Ben returns.
2009 Week 13 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
Miller had a rare drop when he took a hit after the ball arrived, but he also got free downfield when Ben escaped pressure in the fourth quarter. He wasn't a big part of the passing game as an outlet or a primary option, but that could change this week if Hines Ward is out.
2009 Week 14 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller picked up some of the slack left by Hines Ward's injury in Week 14, catching five passes for 59 yards, most of which (4-50) came after halftime. Most of Miller's catches were short passes at or near the line of scrimmage followed by some strong running for yardage after the catch. He also had a good chance to score just before halftime but he dropped a short pass at the Cleveland two-yard line with just seconds to go in the second quarter.
2009 Week 15 vs GB (10 / 7 / 118 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller reminded everyone that he can be an athletic downfield receiver if the Steelers choose to use him that way. He didn't play his usual role as outlet, instead running routes and looking good doing it. Miller broke tackles and made nice runs after the catch, and also demonstrated perfect timing with Roethlisberger on a play action pass in the middle of the field. Miller's leaping catch on 3rd and 15 was crucial on the game-winning drive. He is setting career highs across the board in a very quiet breakout season.
2009 Week 16 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller converted four targets into two short catches and a 19-yard gain just before halftime in Week 16 against Baltimore. Miller was at best the third or fourth option for Ben Roethlisberger against the Ravens in the game plan for the week. Do not expect terribly much more next week against Miami.
2009 Week 17 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)
Miller continued his productive season, beginning with a short sideline catch that he grabbed and then turned on the jets for a 37 yard gain. Twice he made impossible grabs in the end zone - the first was a throwaway by Roethlisberger, well out of bounds but Miller caught it and did his best to stay in. The second time in the end zone, Miller was able to make the leaping reception and stay in bounds.
2008 Week 1 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Miller was active in the first quarter where he helped extend two drives with first down catches. As the game went on he was not targeted after the early second quarter.
2008 Week 2 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Miller was surprisingly scarcely used throughout the game. He only received two targets, but he caught them both and accumulated 33 yards in the process.
2008 Week 3 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
Miller caught one pass on the first drive and then was mostly active in the fourth quarter where he picked up over half of his yards on the final drive when Leftwich was in the game and the Eagles did not blitz much. Miller was kept in to block a lot and that limited his opportunities.
2008 Week 4 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
TE Heath Miller was not much of a factor in the win for the Steelers.
2008 Week 5 vs JAX (5 / 5 / 45 / 1 rec)
Miller dominated the Jacksonville in the middle of the field. Linebackers were simply unable to cover him and his catches kept drives alive. He got two red zone looks taking one into the end zone in the first half, registering the first TD of the game for Pittsburgh. He was also targeted on a two point conversion in the fourth quarter which was incomplete. It seems like he is forgotten sometimes in the play calling, as the offense goes away from him in long stretches.
2008 Week 7 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Miller was fairly quiet, but he did have a red zone look in the first half.
2008 Week 8 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Miller made the most of his limited opportunities, catching three of his four targets. Early in the first quarter he caught a shallow crossing route and made a big gain out of it, gaining 22 yard, about 15 of them after the catch. Late in the second quarter, Miller caught another short slant for a large gain, racking up 19 yards on the play. Miller finished the day with 52 yards.
2008 Week 9 vs WAS (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Miller did not have a ball thrown his way in this game. Near the start of the third quarter, it was reported that the tight end was on the sideline with ice on his right calf and ankle.
2008 Week 12 vs CIN (8 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)
Miller caught his second touchdown of the season on short three yard pass out in the flat early in the second quarter. He had three catches for 25 in the first half. Miller caught a 19 yard pass and almost had his second touchdown of the game but was tackled on the two yard line. This was one of Miller's best games of the season and not bad considering he's coming off an ankle injury.
2008 Week 13 vs NE (6 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)
Miller was very productive today and posted a great yard per catch average. He caught two passes in the red zone and was able to turn up the field and make good yardage. Miller has all the talent to be a top flight TE, but Pittsburgh does not put up big passing numbers on a regular basis to make him a major fantasy threat.
2008 Week 14 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 20 / 1 rec)
TE Heath Miller made the most of his limited opportunities in the passing game. The Cowboys lost track of him on a flat pass and he carried a defender into the end zone.
2008 Week 15 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller didn't have an impressive day. He was not used in check downs from the Ravens pass rush or blitzes. The hot routes were to wide outs.
2008 Week 16 vs TEN (9 / 8 / 69 / 0 rec)
Miller's productive day saw him post a career high for catches, even though he did not have a great yard per catch average. He caught most of his passes in the middle of the field and converted a few third downs. Miller has all the talent to be a top-flight TE, but Pittsburgh does not typically put up big passing numbers on a regular basis to make him a major fantasy threat. This might be a short lived trend.
2008 Week 17 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
TE Heath Miller made his mark for the second week in a row in the passing game. The Browns has no answers as Miller was able to beat linebackers over the middle. He would have had a possible touchdown after he beat the Cleveland defender but Roethlisberger threw the ball behind him and it was intercepted.
2008 Week 19 vs SD (4 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)
Miller, who missed the first meeting between these teams with an injury, made up for lost time by catching a key touchdown pass on Pittsburgh's opening possession of the second half. That score helped turn the tide of the game and transform a 14-10 nail biter into what would eventually become a blowout. Miller had earlier lost thirteen receiving yards after Pittsburgh was whistled for an illegal formation penalty. And he also lost an opportunity for a big play when Roethlisberger simply misfired a pass to him in the flat, a play on which he was wide open.
2008 Week 20 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)
Miller was targeted deep a few times, including once in the end zone that was thrown out of his reach. He made a big play on a second and 24 play by running a deep pass route very well, and catching the pass for a first down to extend a drive late in the game.
2008 Week 21 vs ARI (0 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Miller was Roethlisberger's second passing option with Hines Ward limited. Miller caught five passes for 57 yards including a 21 yard completion. He also blocked well, although the Arizona defense was keyed on stopping Willie Parker. In the AFC Championship game, Miller caught three passes for 62 yards after Hines Ward left the game with the sprained knee injury. He also scored a touchdown in their playoff win over San Diego.
2007 Week 1 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 35 / 1 rec)
Miller caught all four passes thrown his way, including a short pass on the right side of the field that he took for a 22 yard touchdown.
2007 Week 2 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Miller had receptions for five and 29 yards.
2007 Week 3 vs SF (5 / 4 / 82 / 0 rec)
Miller was targeted a team high five times. He had a very good game and led the Steelers with four catches for 82 yards. Miller had receptions of 16, 20, 29, and 17 yards. He had an acrobatic 16 yard reception reversed, when he was ruled out of bounds.
2007 Week 4 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Miller hauled in three passes for 46 yards mainly up the middle of the Cardinals pass defense.
2007 Week 5 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)
Miller was Roethlisberger's clear go-to guy in the clutch. While his yardage total will not impress anyone, his four catches were all for first downs, one of which was a touchdown. Along with Wilson, Miller was a clear beneficiary of the injuries to Ward and Holmes.
2007 Week 7 vs DEN (5 / 5 / 50 / 2 rec)
Miller was Pittsburgh's third most targeted receiver, and was especially effective in the red zone. He caught two short touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger.
2007 Week 8 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Miller caught two of the three passes thrown his way for 42 yards. He was a tough cover on those passes and showed field vision by seeing his receivers blocking downfield.
2007 Week 9 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)
Miller's only catch in the first half was a 17 yard touchdown reception for the Steelers' first score of the game. He added another catch in the second half for no yards.
2007 Week 10 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 71 / 1 rec)
Miller was quiet for most of the game, but came on in the fourth quarter with a couple of big catches, including the go ahead touchdown reception on a sharply thrown short pass where Miller made a nice hands catch and hung on despite a hard hit.
2007 Week 11 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
The big tight end had a relatively quiet game, but New York limited the entire Pittsburgh offense. He caught two passes for 36 yards.
2007 Week 12 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Miller was a non factor in this game (no targets), other than an odd pass interference penalty called against him in the second quarter that negated a Steelers first down deep in Miami territory.
2007 Week 13 vs CIN (5 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
The first pass Miller's way fell incomplete but he went on to grab his next four targets, all of which came in the second quarter. Two of his catches went for first downs, and he took a Ben Roethlisberger shovel pass down to the Cincinnati five yard line.
2007 Week 14 vs NE (4 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Miller caught three passes on the Steelers' first possession of the game but was not heard from again until the fourth quarter.
2007 Week 15 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec)
Miller caught the Steelers' first touchdown pass. He was the target on the play, but the pass was tipped by Brent Hawkins. Fortunately, for Pittsburgh, the pass continued in its original direction right to Miller. He now has a career high seven touchdowns on the season. Miller later dropped what would have been another touchdown reception. Miller's other catch came on the Steelers' final play of the game. He was stopped for a six yard gain on fourth down and seven to go. Miller made a great diving effort, using his hand as a catapult, but the officials marked him just short.
2007 Week 16 vs STL (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Miller was not much of a factor in this game as he only had one catch for seven yards.
2007 Week 17 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Regular target of Roethlisberger, Miller was quiet in this game, only catching one pass in the second half.
2007 Week 18 vs JAX (8 / 8 / 85 / 1 rec)
Miller caught eight balls thrown his way for 85 yards and a touchdown. He was very reliable and often able to make the first defender miss. That being said, his routes were generally short and his longest gain on the night was 16 yards. The ball Miller did not catch went off of the end of his hands and was caught by Hines Ward for a 33 yard gain.
2006 Week 1 vs MIA (3 / 3 / 101 / 1 rec)
Miller scored the longest touchdown in Heinz Field history, catching a pass over the middle and running for an 87 yard score in the fourth quarter. Miller appeared to be tripped up and pushed out of bounds inside the five yard line, but Miami HC Nick Saban threw the red challenge flag just before the extra point attempt and no official saw the flag, so the touchdown stood. Miller added two other short catches in the first half for 14 more yards, including a 12 yard catch for a first down in the opening period.
2006 Week 2 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Miller had three targets for the second consecutive game. Roethlisberger found him for an 11 yard gain and a first down on the opening drive but Miller was not a factor after that.
2006 Week 3 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Miller, the receiver leader for Pittsburgh heading into the game, had three receptions for 30 yards. Miller's receptions were not designed to go to him first, as he was checked down to all three times and he was taken out in the hurry up offense midway in the fourth quarter.
2006 Week 5 vs SD (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Miller was held in check with two receptions for 22 yards. He had a 15 yard catch on Pittsburgh's first field goal drive.
2006 Week 6 vs KC (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Miller was the last resort on a Roethlisberger rollout, but he turned his lone catch into a 16 yard gain. He also lined up at HB in the second half when FB Dan Kreider left the game with a sprained ankle.
2006 Week 7 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 4 / 1 rec)
Miller caught two passes for four yards, one for a one yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, the other a three yard dump for a first down.
2006 Week 8 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Miller caught two passes for ten yards, both for five yards, but was otherwise a non-factor in yesterday's game.
2006 Week 9 vs DEN (6 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Miller was a check down option for Roethlisberger as well as a target for a two quick passes in the flat, all for short, but effective yardage. His five catches are a season high.
2006 Week 10 vs NO (5 / 3 / 30 / 1 rec)
Miller caught Roethlisberger's second touchdown pass for two yards, and later pulled in a 22 yard catch in the third quarter inside the red zone. Four plays later, Miller was targeted in the end zone but he got tangled up with his defender and fell down before he was able to attempt the catch.
2006 Week 11 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Miller caught two 16 yard passes. Both catches began Pittsburgh's first and second scoring drives.
2006 Week 12 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Miller had three passes for 35 yards with a long of 16 yards. He continues to play a minor role in the Steelers' offense, despite their tendencies to throw more often lately.
2006 Week 13 vs TB (3 / 2 / 27 / 1 rec)
Miller caught the first pass of the day for Pittsburgh for 11 yards and hauled in the Steelers' second touchdown in the third quarter. He was directed off his post pattern by QB Ben Roethlisberger and reversed his direction to corral a 16 yard pass in the left side of the end zone. Miller might line up in the slot in four WR sets this weekend with injuries likely preventing Hines Ward and Cedrick Wilson from playing.
2006 Week 14 vs CLE (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Miller nearly caught a pass thrown behind him, but the ball deflected off his hands as he dove backwards to attempt the catch.
2006 Week 15 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Miller had receptions for five and 20 yards.
2006 Week 16 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 12 / 1 rec)
Miller caught all three of his targets for a total of 12 yards. He scored the lone Pittsburgh touchdown on a one yard grab on a fourth and one just before halftime. Miller had no targets in the second half.
2006 Week 17 vs CIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Miller did not register a catch for just the second time all season.
2005 Week 1 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)
Miller caught the only pass thrown to him, a 3 yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone.
2005 Week 2 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie saw zero balls thrown his way.
2005 Week 3 vs NE (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Miller made a spectacular play in the third quarter, catching a pass over the middle and knocking over two defenders that hit him simultaneously, gaining a first down in the process. He didn't see much playing time though, as the Steelers went with other players on running plays.
2005 Week 5 vs SD (6 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
Miller doubled his reception total in one game increasing his total to 6 for the season. The rookie made the best of his size advantage over safety Terrence Kiel and was in good position on all his mid range receptions. Miller split zone coverage between the linebackers and Kiel on his 16 yard touchdown reception to give the Steelers a two touchdown lead.
2005 Week 6 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 72 / 1 rec)
Miller had his second solid week in a row, leading the Steelers with four receptions, 72 yards and a touchdown. He made tough catches over the middle and broke tackles in the process. For his 15 yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, he faked out Mike Peterson in coverage, and bounced off three tacklers at the two yard line before diving forward into the end zone.
2005 Week 7 vs CIN (6 / 6 / 58 / 1 rec)
The rookie Miller is making a name for himself in Pittsburgh, something a Steelers' tight end has failed to over the last ten years. Miller caught six balls for 58 yards and a touchdown yesterday giving him 14 receptions, 166 yards and three touchdowns over the last three games. He caught two passes for 21 yards, both on play action and was found wide open by Ben Roethlisberger on a play action two yard score in the second quarter. Miller's finest play was on a seemingly routine five yard catch; after avoiding the first tackler, he ran over safety Kevin Kaesviharn for a ten yard gain and the first down.
2005 Week 8 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 18 / 2 rec)
With two more touchdown receptions last night Miller has caught touchdown passes four weeks in a row to tie a franchise record last set in 1991 by Eric Green. He now has six for the year tying him with Antonio Gates and is the 2005 version of Bubba Franks in the red zone as all of his scores have come inside 16 yards with three of them from inside the five yard line.
2005 Week 9 vs GB (2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
After Miller broke through as Roethlisberger's second favorite target this season, he had a quiet afternoon with Batch catching just two passes for nine yards.
2005 Week 10 vs CLE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Miller was thrown to once by Tommy Maddox, but the ball was well over his head in the end zone - end zone being the key words as he has six touchdowns this year.
2005 Week 11 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
After he was only thrown to once last week, Miller caught five passes for 37 yards, including a 19 yarder early in the second quarter that helped set up Reed's first field goal.
2005 Week 12 vs IND (5 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Miller converted a high percentage of his targets in receptions, for a low per catch average.
2005 Week 13 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Miller caught an 18 yard play action pass to put the Steelers inside Cincinnati's ten, which set up Bettis' touchdown run in the first quarter. He was relatively quiet the remainder of the game.
2005 Week 14 vs CHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Miller dropped a touch catch over his shoulder in the second quarter. It was his only target.
2005 Week 15 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 58 / 0 rec)
Miller caught the first pass of the game for eight yards. He followed that up two plays later when he took Roethlisberger's rollout pass and broke two tackles en route to a 50 yard gain inside the Vikings' ten yard line, setting up a field goal. Miller, who was technically the target in the end zone when Roethlisberger threw the ball away before the field goal, did not see another pass the rest of the game.
2005 Week 16 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Miller caught a play action pass for 21 yards on the teams first drive to help set up Bettis' two yard score.
2005 Week 17 vs DET (5 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)
Miller did not drop a pass and in fact had the longest catch of the day when he ran up the left seam past zone coverage to catch and run for 43 yards to the Detroit 11 yard line, setting up Roethlisberger's seven yard touchdown run.