Greetings Steeler Nation. Always more enjoyable to get back to work on a Monday following a Steelers victory. A quick post here about how tight end Heath Miller is being much more heavily involved in Bruce Arians' and Ben Roethlisberger's passing attack so far in 2009 than he has been in the first four years of his career. Here are Miller's reception totals from the previous four seasons.
Here are the number of 5+ catch games Miller had in the first four years of his career.
Finally, here are Miller's reception totals through the first four weeks of the 2009 season.
As we can see, Miller's already surpassed or equaled the number of games he had at least five catches in during the first four years of his career. And we're only through Week 4. Can you say Pro Bowl? If this keeps up, his first career trip to Honolulu is certainly on the horizon. This is a great development for a number of reasons. For starters, Heath is as sure-handed as they come. If a ball is in his vicinity, he's going to catch it. He's also not going to blow an assignment with his route running and cost the team a turnover potentially. Never has, likely never will. Through 3 weeks, Heath also had a catch rate of 89%. That's tops in the leagues through three weeks, and I'd imagine that that number is only going to increase after last night's performance.
Last year, Miller had a catch rate was 73%. That was still one of the top numbers in the league though, he just got his number called far fewer than most of his counterparts around the league. And in 2007, his catch rate was 77%, also a top-five number for those tight ends with at least 50 passes thrown their way.
It's pretty simple for Big Ben, Heath Miller and the Steelers offense - when you throw the ball his way, good things happen. I, for one, I am ecstatic to see just how frequently big #83 is seeing the ball in his hands.