Zach Miller might be the best *all-around* TE in the NFL. I think he is the best blocking TE in the league, but until the playoffs last year, he was mysteriously underutilized as a pass-catcher by the Seahawks. I'm not sure Darrell Bevel likes to utilize his TEs as receivers and will pretty much only utilize them when everything else is taken away by the opposing defenses.
Miller was known as an exceptional pass-catching TE before coming to the Hawks. He was the #1 TE recruit coming out of high school in 2004 and caught 56 passes his freshman year at Arizona State. He was one of the most productive pass catching TEs during his three years at ASU, while also becoming team captain and first team All-Academic. He was the second highest rated TE in the draft, where he was drafted towards the top of the second round. He had 48 catches his first year with Oakland and then led all Raider receivers in receptions for each of the next three years. He played in the 2011 Pro Bowl before being signed by Seattle.
For various reasons -- nagging injuries, being asked to block, not many looks -- he only had 25 catches his first year in Seattle and really wasn't given many opportunities to catch the ball until the end of last season, coinciding (not coincidentally) with the increasing success of the team. He was the leading receiver for the Seahawks in each of the two playoff games.
Miller is a team-first guy and a gamer. In spite of several injuries, he has only missed three games in six seasons. He has started all but five games in six seasons.
If you watch him in the videos, he is an unbelievable blocker. He almost single-handedly made up for a lot of run-blocking deficiencies, imo, in the offensive line.
In my opinion, when you look at his blocking, pass-catching potential and team-first attitude, Zach Miller is the best all-around TE in the NFL, which would also make him the most underrated player on the Seahawks.
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