Heath Miller could be a bigger threat if given the opportunity
The Steelers wide-receiving core appears to be a huge question mark heading into the 2010 season. Of course, what isn't a question mark this year with our beloved Black and Gold?
Back to the receivers. With Santonio Holmes traded away to the New York Jets and Hines Ward nearing the twilight of his career, their passing game is going to be in question this year. It's not all bad. If last year was any indication, Mike Wallace might become a nop-notch, number 1 receiver someday. Maybe even this year. But after Wallace and Ward, what's left? I know they signed Antwaan Randle El to come in and be the number 3 guy, but he's five years old than the last time he was here and he didnt exactly light it up in Washington. Maybe he can recapture that magic he had in '05, but guys generally run slower in their 30's than they do in their 20's so I have my doubts.
After El, you have Arnaz Battle, who was brought in mainly for special teams purposes, and a couple of unknown draft choices. I like what I've heard about 3rd round pick, Emmanuel Sanders. But I also liked what I heard about Limas Sweed, and we all know how that's turning out.
And the whole Big Ben suspension mess just adds further doubt to the Steelers ability to move the ball this year.
But what about Heath Miller? Anyone remember his first year when they used him to stretch the field a bit more? Remember his second season when he had that catch and run for a touchdown against the Dolphins? He outran the entire Miami secondary for about 50 yards.
But it seems that ever since BA has taken over as offensive coordinator, Miller has been used mainly as a possession guy who bails out Ben in tough situations. I know he had his most productive season a year ago, but I think they can use him more to stretch the field. He's too big for most defensive backs to bring down, and he's too fast for most linebackers to cover. He could be a fine substitute as a 4th or 5th receiver in certain packages. The options they have right now at those positions might not be as good as number 83.