James Walker of ESPN explains the so-called experts there placing Steelers TE Heath Miller at number 13 on their list of top TE’s. Check out below to hear Walker, who is a Miller fan, explain how the TE should be ranked higher than 13.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger often calls teammate Heath Miller the best tight end in football. But according to ESPN.com’s positional Power Rankings, Miller is not even in the top 12 at his position.
Miller came in at No. 13 in this week’s ranking of the NFL’s best tight ends. ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton and I were the only two voters who had Miller on their ballots. Clayton voted Miller ninth and I ranked Miller seventh.
This confirms what most of us in the AFC North blog already suspected: Miller remains one of the league’s most underrated players. Injuries hurt his numbers in 2010 (42 receptions for 512 yards). But Miller was recently an AFC representative in the Pro Bowl two seasons ago with 76 receptions for 789 yards and six touchdowns.
Miller is not flashy and will never catch 100 passes per season playing in Pittsburgh’s offense. But in my opinion, Miller is one of the NFL’s most complete tight ends and worthy of being on this list.
Miller makes the most of his limited opportunities. He’s sure-handed and great at running downhill after the catch. He’s also a phenomenal run- and pass-blocker, and essentially serves as Pittsburgh’s third offensive tackle.
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