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Heath Miller approaching 1,000 snaps on the year, and they're all different

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Give proper credit to the versatility of the Steelers' Big Three, Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, but behind each rushing yard and open receiver is Miller, doing everything for the Steelers' high-powered offense.

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Behind may of Antonio Brown's league-leading 115 catches, there's Heath Miller either blocking on a screen pass or drawing defenders into the flat.

Many of Le'Veon Bell's 2,000-plus yards from scrimmage came directly off a Miller block, either kicking out a linebacker or hustling downfield to get in front of a defensive back.

Exactly 15.3 percent  - 56 of 366 - of Ben Roethlisberger's completions this season have gone to Miller, who is about to top 1,000 snaps in the 2014 season. But perhaps no other player on the team, with the exception of Roethlisberger, has been as involved with the offense in both the running game and passing game.

A team can't break its own single-season scoring record, like the Steelers are primed to do, needing just 28 points in their final two games to top the mark set in 1979, without contributions from the entire offense. But Miller's role is special. He has played several positions within the offense.

He has been utilized often recently as a move tight end, motioning and aiming to block on the edge. He has helped on the edge in pass protection, enabling the Steelers survive through four games this season without Marcus Gilbert at right tackle. He has released off of the edge, as a traditional pass-catching tight end to put up numbers in receptions and yards that will end on the higher side of his impressive, balanced career.

Tribune Review reporter Mark Kaboly recently wrote about Miller, quoting the team's second tight end, Matt Spaeth:

"There are guys who can do both but not to the level of what he can," Spaeth said. "He's been great, but in my mind, he's been always great. He takes great pride in everything he does, and that's the great thing about him. Whether it is catching balls, protecting Ben or run blocking, he is going to do it and do it well."

His presence gives the team versatile-but-balanced offensive looks. The dynamics involved in the Steelers' offense under Todd Haley allow for a variety of different looks. Simply put, for as versatile Bell is as an offensive weapon, running and catching the ball, Miller is the same in terms of run-blocking, pass protection and receiving. In pre-snap situations, Roethlisberger can move Miller around just like he does with Brown, and change plays based on the look being shown by the defense.

Miller scarcely stays where he starts and he'll normally finish the play with far more anonymity. With a flip of the ball after one of his three touchdowns - and 46 career touchdowns - he won't draw much attention to himself after making a play, with the exception of a yell or two at an opponent.

Regardless of spontaneous celebration, or the lack of it, Miller can be counted on to stay on the field for the next offensive snap. Opponents just never can predict what he'll do next.

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