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Ben Roethlisberger: Heath Miller back to his old self

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The Steelers had tight end Heath Miller in the lineup for 14 games last season, but he was never quite the same player that they were used to having after a torn ACL late in the 2013 season.

That was one of several issues that the Steelers offense had to deal with during a frustrating season, but it is one that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger thinks will be less of an issue this season. Roethlisberger said that the team has seen the vintage Miller during this year’s offseason workouts.

“He has looked healthy right from the get-go, looks kind of like the old Heath,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “One of the practices, he caught a pass about 12 yards downfield and made a move and actually made a guy miss, and he finished all the way down the field. That was the Heath Miller we love to see.”

A big rebound from Miller would be a boon to a Steelers offense still looking for a reliable complement to Antonio Brown at wide receiver. If they can find one and Miller remains healthy, things will be pointing in the right direction when Pittsburgh has the ball this season.

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32 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: Heath Miller back to his old self”
  1. bettis3636 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:39 AM

    This is going to be a great year for Pittsburgh.. Year 3 in Haley’s offence… and a SPEEDY Steelers squad… Is it kickoff weekend yet?!?!?

  2. dexterismyhero says: Jun 17, 2014 8:53 AM

    8-8

  3. realdealsteel says: Jun 17, 2014 9:02 AM

    Steelers win the division with a 12-4 record and go to the AFC championship game. At a minimum.

  4. sbchampsagain says: Jun 17, 2014 9:05 AM

    Heath Miller is a poor man’s Dennis Pitta.

  5. bornahawker says: Jun 17, 2014 9:13 AM

    Ben has slowed but thinks he is in peak performance so he sees miller who is also slow as fast. These dinosaurs will be 2-4 in the division and 5-11 overall. In other words they stink!

  6. jjackwagon says: Jun 17, 2014 9:23 AM

    Yes back to his “old” self. Older & slower.

  7. steelerstrong says: Jun 17, 2014 9:25 AM

    Dennis Pitta is a poor mans Heath Miller.

  8. jtm12180 says: Jun 17, 2014 9:28 AM

    You clowns thinking this is the same “old and slow” steelers team are in for a rude awakening…this team is about to become elite again VERY soon!

  9. longsufferingkcfan says: Jun 17, 2014 9:32 AM

    That’s fine as long as Ben isn’t back to his old self.

  10. jjackwagon says: Jun 17, 2014 10:01 AM

    You clowns thinking this team is about to become elite again are in for the rude awakening.

  11. 6ball says: Jun 17, 2014 10:01 AM

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    The Steelers offense should be very competitive. The defense is very questionable, especially in the secondary. When compared to other top teams like Seattle, Denver, SF and New England, the Steelers secondary seems woefully inadequate.

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  12. stillers213 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:02 AM

    Nothing but respect for Heath. I strongly believe this will be his finest season yet.
    On a side note…. The world would be a helluvalot better if there were more Heath Millers in it.

  13. bbmadface says: Jun 17, 2014 10:12 AM

    Have you seen their schedule? 10-6 easy. Heath Miller is underrated

  14. getyourownname says: Jun 17, 2014 10:18 AM

    Have you ever noticed how, when you go back to school reunions, the oldtimers all look at each other and talk how they haven’t aged at all?

  15. schmitty2 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:22 AM

    Heath is one of the more underrated TE’s in the league. His blocking is as good as his pass catching.

  16. 700levelvet says: Jun 17, 2014 10:32 AM

    You mean he put down a fork to talk??? Amazing

  17. steelers4385 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:33 AM

    All i ever cared about is defense. Seattle proved its what wins championships. Yet we go out and get scrub offensive guys who half of them are unproven because of how young they are. Our secondary is so terrible it makes me want to stick my finger down my throat and puke. How could any franchise let a seconday like ours walk onto a field and be ok with it? I wouldnt be surprised if we went 8-8. We dont have a defense to compete with big boy teams.

  18. jtbsteeler says: Jun 17, 2014 10:34 AM

    Five weeks until training camp. This is going to be a long season for you haters. I will personally make sure of that.

  19. kremis says: Jun 17, 2014 11:15 AM

    This is much better news than Ben being back to his old self if ya know what I mean! By the way do you realize since being tebowed out of the playoffs the Steelers have 0 winning records and 0 playoff wins!

  20. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 17, 2014 11:28 AM

    Does this mean an improvement to 9-7?

  21. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 17, 2014 11:36 AM

    Can’t believe there are those singing the praises of Denver’s defense, a defense that ranked 22nd in scoring last season. Put the Steelers’ 14th-ranked scoring defense with the Broncos’ No. 1-scoring offense, and I’m pretty sure Peyton wouldn’t mind in the least.
    The Steelers defense’s Achilles heel last season wasn’t its secondary but rather its inability to stop the run, finishing 21st. Stopping the run — the defense’s staple of success in the past — starts with the nose tackle. Casey Hampton is gone and hasn’t been adequately replaced.

  22. troy43mvp says: Jun 17, 2014 11:37 AM

    Coming off of injury last year Miller performed better than 80 percent of the tight ends in the league. He is a proven stud and everyone knows it. All be it, trolls will never admit it, as that’s what trolls do.

  23. Bull Rush says: Jun 17, 2014 11:59 AM

    I thought the idea for non-contact OTAs in shorts the idea WAS to miss. How is he the Miller of old by catching a 12 yard pass and the defender “misses”?

  24. clashpoint says: Jun 17, 2014 12:04 PM

    Heath Miller would be a cinch for the Hall of Fame if tight end blocking got as much attention as tight end catches do. He was the best blocking tight end there was in the game for many years, his hands are still as good as any tight end’s in the game, and his quiet leadership in the locker room is unquestionable. Ben’s just talking big about a big-time player, that’s all. Go Steelers!

  25. briscocountyjr says: Jun 17, 2014 12:31 PM

    How many years has it been since big ben went for a jog or got on the treadmill?? He still has about 55 lbs to lose. Has there been a QB with a bigger waistline? What does he have, a size 49 waist?

  26. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 17, 2014 12:51 PM

    Heath Miller: Underrated.
    However, his “quiet leadership in the locker room is unquestionable” was actually questioned by Antonio Brown in a recent interview. Brown told Steelers beat writer Alan Robinson that the team lacked leadership. Then again, you’re probably in the Steelers locker room way more often than Brown.

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 17, 2014 1:42 PM

    How many years has it been since big ben went for a jog or got on the treadmill?? He still has about 55 lbs to lose. Has there been a QB with a bigger waistline? What does he have, a size 49 waist?

    So if you double your IQ it would equal his real waist size. My guess is your waist is nothing less than 40.
    So why don’t you trade one of your SB rings for….oh wait you don’t have any. Just another jealous troll.

  28. citizenstrange says: Jun 17, 2014 2:03 PM

    2014 is shaping up to be the Perfect Storm for the Steeler offense.

    Heath Miller is 100% healthy, the Steelers drafted the big wr Roethlisberger has always wanted, the running game has Bell & Blount to ground and pound and Archer to blaze to big plays and what’s more Hall of Famer Mike Munchak to coach an offfensive line stocked with first and second rounders.

    Could this be the season Big Ben breaks into the magical, mythical top half Sweet Sixteen in the league in scoring?

    The Magic 8 Ball says “My reply is no.”

  29. weepingjebus says: Jun 17, 2014 5:31 PM

    Dennis Pitta is a poor man’s Dennis Pitta.

  30. profish13 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:19 PM

    I can only laugh at comparing Pitta to Miller. Miller is much better than Pitta and has been one of the most underrated players since he started playing.

    There are only a handful of tight ends I’d rather have than a healthy Miller.

  31. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 17, 2014 10:29 PM

    I take back my last comment. Even with weak schedule I see no better than 8-8 again.

  32. purplereign2000s says: Jun 17, 2014 11:57 PM

    Yes back to his old self.

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