TE Zach Miller - Free Agent
|6-4, 233||Born: 10-4-1984||College: Nebraska-Omaha||Drafted: Round 6, pick 180 (2009)|
2016 Week 1 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
The jury is somewhat out on Zach Miller. The journeyman tight end entered the 2016 season with high expectations. Miller developed great rapport last season with Jay Cutler, something the Bears were hoping would continue into 2016. That rapport, however, was nowhere to be found in Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans. Miller found himself on the receiving end of five targets, hauling in three for 14 yards. Moving forward, one issue that could lead to a disappointing season for Miller is the offensive line's inability to protect its quarterback. The more the offensive line continues to struggle, the more Miller will be either off the field or lined up in blocking formation. Both would drastically affect his ability to produce the kinds of numbers we all were expecting before the season kicked off. It's definitely too early to write off a guy like Miller, who seemingly has bounced back every time adversity strikes him.
2016 Week 2 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Zach Miller is becoming a forgotten piece of the Chicago Bears offense. Miller's role in the offense has been limited. With Kevin White and Eddie Royal already running routes based on the middle of the field, Miller now finds himself with much less room with which to work. Miller caught four passes on five targets for 33 yards against the Eagles. While that stat line might looks similar to other tight ends in the league, we all expected more this season from Miller -- more touchdowns, at least. Miller, White and Royal all live within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, making it tough for any one of them to catch and pass and make a move. Until the Bears' offense opens up a bit and moves vertically, expect more of the same from Miller.
2016 Week 3 vs DAL (9 / 8 / 78 / 2 rec)
We finally have a Zach Miller sighting! Miller, the journeyman tight end, hauled in eight of nine targets for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Miller did a great job of finding space to work in the middle of the field. Not only did Miller do a great job of finding space, he did an even better job of taking contact after the catch while trying to extend the play. Miller took contact after the catch on both of his touchdown passes and managed to fall and extend forward into the end zone. Now we know that Miller is a favorite target of new quarterback Brian Hoyer. If the status quo under center remains the same next week, Miller will be a good play. If Jay Cutler is back under center, you might want to give it a week to see what happens. During the first two games of the season, both of which Cutler started, Miller and his quarterback did not appear to be on the same page.
2016 Week 4 vs DET (3 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)
Zach Miller very much was an afterthought of Chicago's offense in Sunday's 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions. Miller only received three targets on the day, catching all three of those targets for 21 yards and one touchdown. It's somewhat surprising to see Miller finish the game with only three catches, seeing as 33 of 36 Hoyer attempts came within 20 yards of the line of scrimmage. Chicago's offense still is finding itself after suffering injuries on the offensive line and at quarterback. When the dust settles, Miller more than likely will be standing in the middle of the field waiting to catch the football.
2016 Week 5 vs IND (8 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)
Zach Miller has been an adequate tight end this season for the Chicago Bears. While his stats hardly jump off the sheet, he clearly has formed a solid connection with new quarterback Brian Hoyer. Miller caught seven passes on eight targets for 73 yards in Sunday's loss to the Colts. He finished the game third on the team in targets. With Hoyer under center, the Bears have (more often that not) successfully moved the football down the field by playing things conservatively. Miller gets the conservative tag given his close proximity to the line of scrimmage, giving Hoyer a safe dump-off option if nothing develops downfield. Miller has seen 21 targets in the last three games, all Hoyer starts.
2016 Week 6 vs JAX (10 / 6 / 36 / 0 rec)
Zach Miller's role in the Chicago Bears' offense appears to be growing(?) with Brian Hoyer under center. In Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Jaguars, Miller received 10 targets, of which he caught six for 36 yards. Despite the lack of receiving yards against Jacksonville, Miller still is a favorite target of new-ish quarterback Brian Hoyer, who loves to target the middle of the field. Hoyer wants to target Miller more and more, you can see it in his progressions. The only thing that is standing in the way of more Miller is Hoyer's inability to stretch the field with Alshon Jeffery. The middle of the field consistently is clogged with pass-catchers like Miller, Eddie Royal and Cameron Meredith. With four big bodies taking up space, it will continue to be difficult for Miller to rack up YAC or to catch the ball while moving up field. It's a lot of catch and get hit for Miller, which isn't good for a guy who consistently has been plagued by injury during his career.
2016 Week 7 vs GB (5 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)
Zach Miller finished Thursday's game with the most receiving yards on the team, a whopping 40 yards on two catches (5 targets). Miller barely saw the light of day in the middle of the field, thanks to a Green Bay defense that knew its opposition couldn't move the ball down field. After Brian Hoyer left the game with a broken arm, the Packers defense clamped down even more on Matt Barkley and his inability to hit a receiver in stride. Miller's productivity, as the case with any Bears pass-catcher, entirely relies on who's throwing him the ball. We all saw how tough it's been for the Bears to score points, despite being able to rack up massive amounts of yards. Until the Bears can utilize the deep ball, it's going to be tough for Miller to make consistent contributions when the opposition is clogging up Miller's domain. Miller needs Jay Cutler to return this week. That certainly will help his situation.
2016 Week 8 vs MIN (10 / 7 / 88 / 0 rec)
Zach Miller played what perhaps was his best game of the season Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. With his favorite quarterback in the start lineup after a five-week layoff, Miller caught seven passes on ten targets for 88 yards. Miller appears to be fully healthy for the first time all season, and his play Monday night reflected it very much. As long as Cutler continues to be the go-to-guy under center, expect Miller's production to remain steady, somewhere around 6-8 catches per game.
2016 Week 10 vs TB (7 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Zach Miller entered Sunday with a great matchup against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. When the game ended Sunday, Miller only found himself with four catches on seven targets for 32 yards. Miller's inability to make an impactful impression on the game is a result of four turnovers and the quarterback's over-reliance on one receiver. The Bears' offense never found its rhythm because of said four turnovers. If this offense continues to struggle as it did Sunday, expect a low ceiling for Miller come Sunday.
2016 Week 11 vs NYG (3 / 3 / 61 / 1 rec)
Zach Miller arguable played the best game of his 2016 season before leaving in the second quarter with a foot injury. Miller, who has missed years of NFL service time due to foot injuries, reportedly suffered a broken bone in his foot. This obviously is not a good sign for Miller, nor is it one for the Bears offense. Jay Cutler and Miller were as in sync as ever before the tight end went down. Cutler and Miller connected on a beautiful 19-yard touchdown pass and catch and another great throw that split the seam for 34 yards. What happens now at tight end is anyone's guess.
2015 Week 9 vs SD (2 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
Miller's involvement was relegated to two individual plays. One of them just happened to be the single biggest play of the entire game. His first reception was actually behind the line of scrimmage, and he was tackled almost immediately for a loss of two yards on the play. His second catch went much better, as it resulted in the game-winning touchdown for Chicago. Miller snuck behind the defense down the seam, where Jay Cutler found him with a laser strike. Miller reached one hand up to sort of deflect the ball to himself, eventually cradling it with both hands as he fell to the ground for the go-ahead score and a remarkable reception.
2015 Week 10 vs LA (5 / 5 / 107 / 2 rec)
Hello, Zach Miller! The Bears' backup tight end is playing spectacular football right now, evidenced by his five receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams. One week after catching the game-winning touchdown on the road against the San Diego Chargers, Miller recorded the Bears' longest play from scrimmage this season -- an 87-yard touchdown reception. Miller primarily is being used on screen passes and a seam route or two. As long as offensive coordinator Adam Gase continues to find ways for Miller to get involved, he will continue to be a threat to score week in and week out. If you're hurting for a tight end down the stretch of your season, Miller should be your guy.
2015 Week 12 vs GB (7 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)
Miller's biggest play was a 3-yard touchdown reception to tie the game in the late second quarter. On the play, Miller ran a shallow crossing route and was not picked up by any of the Packers defenders, leaving him wide open on the far side of the end zone. Jay Cutler had done a great job escaping a sack, saw Miller and delivered the ball. Miller almost had a second touchdown on a deep throw by Cutler which was just a little too high. It was the only place the ball could go with two defenders bracketing Miller, and while the tight end got a hand on it, he couldn't haul the ball in.
2015 Week 14 vs WAS (6 / 5 / 85 / 1 rec)
Zach Miller is finding himself in a dream scenario. The Bears are without Martellus Bennett for the remainder of the season, giving Miller an opportunity to start a couple of games in a row. If you know anything about Miller's past, he's battled injury his entire career -- the season-ending variety, too. Miller played pretty well against the Redskins, despite coming out on the wrong end of the result. The tight end caught five passes on six targets for 85 yards and a touchdown. He's quickly becoming a favorite target of Jay Cutler. While he does have some limitations, blocking, for one, Miller gives the Bears a somewhat dangerous pass-catching option who can line up anywhere on the field -- in the backfield, on the line of scrimmage or out wide. What we've seen Miller do on a consistent basis is win his matchup and catch the football. There's not a lot of analysis to it. He's a grinder, for sure.
2015 Week 15 vs MIN (6 / 6 / 57 / 0 rec)
The Bears might have found a gem in Zach Miller. The newly named starting tight end has put together strong performances in back-to-back weeks, catching 11 total passes for 142 yards and a touchdown (six catches on six targets for 57 yards vs. Minnesota). Much of Miller's success against the Vikings came late in the game, when Minnesota's defense was playing more of a prevent-style defense, allowing completions over the middle. Miller isn't a dominant tight end by any means, but he's played well enough to turn some heads as the Bears search for a tight end for next season. It's highly unlikely Martellus Bennett will return next season, leaving the door open for Miller to take the starting role on a full-time basis.
2015 Week 16 vs TB (8 / 7 / 69 / 0 rec)
Zach Miller clearly is becoming one of Jay Cutler's favorite targets. With the Bears' offense missing nearly all of its receiving weapons -- Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and Martellus Bennett -- Miller was the go-to guy in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers. Miller finished with seven catches on eight targets for 69 yards. While those numbers might not jump off the page, you must consider the circumstances under which Miller recorded them. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase called a very conservative game, electing to dink and dunk down the field. Without a downfield threat, the Bucs were able to swarm the middle of the field. Miller somehow found enough space in the middle of the Bucs' secondary to be the Bears leading receiver. Miller is making the most of Martellus Bennett's absence. While Bennett might be a more physical presence on the field, with his ability to go up and over defenders to haul in a pass, Miller is more dangerous in the open field. Miller has a move or two up his sleeve. Where Bennett might run through a defender, Miller might juke the defender and run around him. This was very evident Sunday. Miller has earned himself a chance to be the starting tight end in 2016. With Bennett likely to be playing elsewhere next season, Miller has to be viewed as the frontrunner.
2011 Week 2 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
With Marcedes Lewis out, Miller got the start but saw little work until the later portions of the game. Miller's catches were all on short passes and he was targeted equally by both quarterbacks. Miller was able to use his size to block out defenders to make the catches and showed good speed and determination in gaining extra yards. On his biggest gain, a 14 yarder early in the fourth quarter, Miller found himself with some room to run and was able to get upfield before being tackled by Jets S Eric Smith. While Miller was only filling in for Lewis, he showed again that he has the ability to be productive in this offense.
2011 Week 4 vs NO (3 / 1 / 14 / 1 rec)
Zach Miller's touchdown was his only catch of the day and it could be one of his few touchdowns this season as he begins to work with his rookie QB. Miller was able to split two defenders and haul in a well thrown pass on seam route from his QB with terrific concentration as the ball was thrown before he broke off his route. Miller disappeared after this however and cannot be counted to produce in games.
2010 Week 1 vs DEN (2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Miller had two short catches, but his speed and athleticism never came into play as he was tackled quickly.
2010 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Miller was targeted early from Garrard and looked to be involved, but was quickly outshined by his counterpart, Lewis.
2010 Week 6 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Miller was not a factor as his two catches came on the last drive of the game.
2010 Week 10 vs HOU (4 / 4 / 79 / 1 rec)
Zach Miller came back to life in this game, and the Jaguars made a point to get him involved from the get-go. Miller didn't look like a tight end out there as he made a couple of nice catches on slants, fighting for extra yardage to cap it off. Miller had a 52 yard score on a nice pass from Garrard, which Miller then took in to the house after dodging a couple of defenders.
2010 Week 11 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Miller got an early unsuccessful target, and he later got a few targets that showed off his athleticism and toughness after the catch. He was on the field a lot and the talent is there to be a decent fantasy play in the future.
2010 Week 13 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Miller is a very athletic player and because of that he will line up in a variety of roles game to game for his time. This week Miller played on special team, caught a couple of play action catches and he later showed his speed by running a couple of reverses for decent gains. Miller remains an intriguing player to keep an eye on in dynasty formats.
2010 Week 16 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Miller got open early, but was overthrown and the ball was picked. He got hurt later and was replaced by Zach Potter.
2009 Week 4 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
The Jags tried to get Miller involved with a carry on a rare TE end around, and some short catches to harness his run after catch ability, but the former option QB looked ordinary on his targets.
2009 Week 5 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Miller was a checkdown option, but if Marcedes Lewis continues to repel the ball at will, don't be surprised to see Garrard look for Miller more often.
2009 Week 6 vs STL (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Miller is still a very minor part of this passing offense, but he did get his number called on a quick pass to the outside, and he looked impressive breaking some tackles on the way to a first down.
2009 Week 10 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Miller converted a 3rd down play on an 11 yard reception, just his 6th catch on the season.
2009 Week 12 vs SF (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Miller made his only catch count, converting a big 3rd down late in the game. The rookie tight end is worth watching, but not fantasy worthy at this point.
2009 Week 13 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 74 / 0 rec)
Miller had three catches on the day, but his afternoon-long catch of 62 yards was quite a highlight. The rookie from Nebraska-Omaha left from the right slot, and turned inside about 12 yards down field. David Garrard looked off the safety with a pump-fake and then found Miller in stride. Miller raced to the sideline and turned up field, gaining 45 yards after the catch before being brought down.
2009 Week 14 vs MIA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Jaguars split Miller out in the slot a number of times, particularly in the red zone. Miller was targeted twice by Garrard in the end zone. Both passes were knocked away, one incompletion was erased by penalty.
2009 Week 15 vs IND (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Zach Miller caught one of two targets for a short six yard gain in the first quarter on a short down and out route.
2009 Week 16 vs NE (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
The once college QB converted to NFL tight end, continues to slowly be implemented into the Jags offense (adding another 2 receptions to his season total). Miller was targeted in the end zone once in the second half, but was well covered and failed to make the difficult catch. He is one of the nice young potential players with promise, in what could be a much-improved Jaguars offense next season.
2009 Week 17 vs CLE (10 / 8 / 69 / 2 rec)
Miller and David Garrard were in sync from the opening quarter. Early in the game, Miller worked himself open underneath for short gains. As the game progressed, the Jaguars worked him downfield on out patterns and seam routes with success. Miller converted both red zone targets with catches in traffic in the end zone.