Five on the Rise: Emerging Offensive Weapons in 2010

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Zach Miller

Zach Miller's speed and size make him a mismatch for linebackers and safeties alike. Source:

  • Role in 2009: Zach played mostly in 2 Tight-End sets or split out wide as a hybrid TE/WR in 2009. The sixth-rounder opened some eyes in Week 13, when he scorched Brian Cushing on a short drag route and turned upfield for a 62 yard gain. He had his biggest game (8 catches, 69 yards, 2 TD’s) in the regular season finale against the Browns, where the 2-TE sets were used extensively, due to Greg Jones’ absence.
  • Potential Role in 2010: Dirk Koetter would love nothing more than to use Miller as his version of Dallas Clark. As a conversion project, Miller has shown mouth-watering potential with his athleticism and surprisingly good hands. Del Rio mentioned that he will line up all over the field (in-line, out wide, in the backfield) and will be put in motion to get him in space and create mismatches.
  • Possible Obstacles: The only thing standing between Zach and a breakout season is durability concerns – his foot injury that popped up last season has kept him on the stationary bike far more than anyone would like this offseason. His blocking ability remains a liability as well, as putting him in the game may tip Defenses off to the pass. Though he has acknowledged he will likely never be a traditional, in-line blocking Tight End, he is being coached on blocking techniques to make himself more versatile.
  • Odds of Fulfilling this Role:  60%  -  Zach’s injury troubles this offseason are the only thing holding him back from becoming a featured player in this Offense. His ability to throw a block here or there could go a long way in preventing Defenses from keying in on him.
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  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Excellent; professional looking; really good article- Hats off to you Andrew!

  • surteal

    This was very well done

    Osgood could be decent in the red zone

  • jagsoldier

    I was thinking the other day about all the guys on the offense this year and that there is a big oppurtunity to really play in several different types of offensesto confuse the defenses. We can go smash mouth with all the runners or air it out to all the new WRs . Even the TEs look good and I want to see them featured more. Koetter has so many differnet options this year. It should be a lot of fun to watch. KEEP UP DEFENSE!