Found July 04, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
CHECK OUT FOOTBALL AND FUTBOL’S BOOKSTORE Heath Miller in 2012 played in 15 games, catching 71 balls for 816 yards, and 8 Touchdowns. Leading the team in all receiving categories up until his knee injury late last season. Miller tore his PCL, MCL, and ACL in a game against the Bengals last December and continues to rehab, hoping to be available for the start of the season. Despite rumors that the Steelers would shop for Heath Miller’s replacement in the draft, that did not happen as the Steelers continued to fill other needs. One reason for ignoring that position in the draft could be the lack of depth and talent outside the first 3 rounds at tight end. Another could be they spent a 2012 draft pick on David Paulson, who had 7 receptions for 51 yards in his rookie season. Not the most jaw dropping numbers for your standard second tight end. Paulson knows his role on the team, and the Steelers understand his skill-set, which is why they signed free agents Jamie McCoy and Matt Spaeth to add needed depth, and possible competition for the starting gig if Miller is not ready for game 1. Heath Miller himself has confidence in the Steelers depth at the tight end position. Even though neither back-up is anywhere near his level, Matt Spaeth, brought in from Chicago, only had 6 receptions, 28 yards, and a touchdown last season. Between both Matt Spaeth and David Paulson, Spaeth is the better blocker, and would most likely be the starter until Miller fully recovers. Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are confident that Miller will be 100-percent healthy to start the season. Accordingly to Mike Tomlin Miller’s recovery “is going according to plan,” and Miller has already been seen running 100 yard sprints. So the Steeler faithful can only cross their fingers and hope their 30 year old star tight end will be ready to help the black and yellow’s campaign to get back to the top of the AFC North. Rob Lara @roblara05

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