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The Steelers and many of their fans have known what they had in Heath Miller for a long time. One of the reasons so many fans were fed up with former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was his limited use of Miller in the passing game especially in the red zone. The most touchdowns Miller ever scored when Arians was the offensive coordinator was 7 in 2007. Over the past two years under Arians Miller caught only 4 combined touchdowns passes.
Fast forward to 2012 with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Miller has 6 touchdown receptions and the Steelers have yet to hit the mid-way point in the season. Miller currently ranks fifth in receptions among tight ends and second in touchdowns behind only Rob Gronkowski. Miller has become a much more important part of the offense under Todd Haley which was expected and is getting more recognition around the league.
The biggest issue is that this is nothing new for Miller. He has always been this talented and has always been good enough to put up big numbers. It was the limited use of him in the passing game the last two years that made people forget what he is capable of.
This week Miller should see plenty of action once again against a Giants team that has struggled to cover tight ends. A week ago they allowed Jason Witten to rack up 167 yards on 18 receptions and the Steelers will be sure to attack them with Miller as the Cowboys did with Witten a week ago.
Another one of the Giants’ weaknesses on defense is their giving up big plays. They may be watching Mike Wallace over the top to keep form giving up a big play which would open up the middle of the field for Miller. Haley has shown that he wants to use Miller in the passing game and things seem to be in place for Miller to have a big day once again this week against the Giants.
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