DT Roy Miller Strengthens Jaguars D-Line


December 11, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Roy Miller (90) rushes as Jacksonville Jaguars guard Will Rackley (65) blocks during the first half at Jacksonville EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have had their second signing of free agency.  Defensive tackle Roy Miller, a 2009 third round pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has signed with the Jags as reported by Adam Caplan.

Miller started 14 games in 2012 and all 16 games in 2010.  He has recorded three sacks and 141 tackles in his four season career.  Miller, who played his college ball for Texas, did not miss a single tackle for the Bucs all season in 2012 and recorded 10 defensive stops, one batted pass, five QB hurries, and 25 tackles.

What the Jags are getting in Miller is likely a rotation guy to go with Tyson Alualu and C.J. Mosley at defensive tackle.  Miller offers decent size at 6’2″ 310 pounds.  He should be able to clog the middle and provide a little bit of push against the pass.  Miller should not be confused with a game changing defensive tackle who will collapse the pocket by pushing up the middle and open it up for other players to make plays.  He is a decent run defender.

I like the signing but think there are other holes that need to be addressed as well. If the Jags go after another defensive tackle in free agency or the draft, Miller may be competing for that third or fourth spot on the depth chart, for now it looks like a good rotation guy who may be able to fight it out with Mosley for the bigger role at DT.

It sounds like Miller is looking to improve his game, per John Oehser, “I really like the new energy they have here. I’m a young guy (25), getting better. I’m still working, still hungry.”  I’ve got to say, I love the attitude.

– Luke N. Sims

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