Zach Miller has been on the injured reserve twice during his time in Chicago. A foot injury kept the former Jaguar on the sideline the entire 2014 season. And last season, Miller played 10 games before suffering a broken foot in Week 11.
The Bears and Miller agreed to a two-year extension worth $5.5 million in March. The Bears are continuing to put their money and trust into Miller who has had trouble staying healthy.
I understand the move. The TE market was not very good this off-season besides Martellus Bennett and even with new management and staff, his price tag was too high for the Bears to bring him back to Chicago.
The Bears currently have seven tight-ends on the roster, Miller being the most proven. Standing at 6-5, 243 pounds, Miller has the size you want at the position. And he’s not just a pass catcher. Miller has the attitude to be a successful blocker and played a big part in the zone scheme last season.
The Bears signed Dion Sims this off-season, who is 6-4 271 pounds. Mainly known for his blocking, Sims brings another TE option for the Bears offense at QB Mike Glennon. The Bears also drafted Adam Shaheen, a 6-6 278 pound athletic TE from Ashland University. While their may be depth at the position, the Bears need their top guy to be healthy.
In 10 games last season, Miller caught 47 passes for 486 yards and 4 TDs. Miller’s big frame and speed allows him to become a big target in the open field. And with a new QB in town, who has not played a lot of football over the past three years, needs all his threats healthy.
Saturday night was the Bears Gala, an event at Soldier Field honoring the memory of legendary Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo. Miller was in attendance, supporting a suit jacket that had himself on the inside. Miller also addressed his foot injury with Mike Berman, sports anchor for NBC. ” my foot is close to 100%, if not there, Miller said. Berman also reported that the TE will take it slow during OTA’s.
Coming off a 3-13 season, the Bears need a spark and dire improvement. Miller can help be that spark on offense. His route running, size, and ability to block efficiently in the running game is something the Bears needs for 16 games.