As the 2015 NFL Draft approached, many spoke about the Pittsburgh Steelers' need to draft a tight end. Heath Miller, the main stay at tight end who was drafted in the first round of the 2005 Draft, isn't getting any younger and a reconstructive knee surgery has left the reliable tight end robbed of any speed and quickness he once maintained.
Nonetheless, don't tell Miller's teammates he can't be threat anymore.
"You know he is not going to outrun you down the field anymore," linebacker Sean Spence told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Still, he finds a way to get open and make contested catches."
"Just because he isn't fast, people think he can't play anymore," Jarvis Jones said. "He always gets separation. It's fun covering Heath because you know he is always coming with a trick up his sleeve."
Miller has certainly become the wily old veteran who has 'been there, done that' in regards to possible situations you may encounter at the tight end position in the NFL. In fact, Miller is coming off his third-best statistical season in 2014 catching 66 passes for 761 yards and three touchdowns. When a pass is thrown to Miller, there is a good chance he is bringing it down. Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum might have said it best: "Heath's guaranteed, that's house money right there."
As Miller concedes, as players get older and lose a step, they are forced to rely on their mind more to make plays.
"I have probably seen about every look I can see and have been in all types of situations, and there is a comfort level in knowing that and recognizing things and having a feel for what's going to happen before it happens."
At age 32, fans are wondering how many years Miller has left with the Steelers, and for Miller, he isn't thinking about that right now.
"I just try to approach each year in of itself and not try to think about the future," Miller said. "I am focused on this year, and when the time is right, maybe I will know. Right now, I am all in for this year."
With that said, it looks as if Steelers fans around the globe will have at least one more season of screaming, "HEEEEEEEEEEEATH" at Heinz Field after a reception made by Miller.