Roy Miller’s Role With The Jaguars


September 30, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Roy Miller (90) during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New signed defensive tackle Roy Miller was talking with Jags fans recently.  Topics covered everything from playing Halo to what number he would wear, but the most revealing was him talking about his role in head coach Gus Bradley’s defense.  Miller is a big, strong, run-stopping defensive tackle who is expected to clog the middle for the Jaguars.  Here is some of what he had to say in the live chat (questions have been paraphrased):

"Q:  Will you be playing the tilt position?A:  “Yes. That’s the plan. That is what I played in Tampa and I really like that tilt because it allows me to get off the ball and play with power and use my skills the best that way.”Q:  What is the tilt position?A:  “You are a little more tilted on the center. It’s different than being squared. You have to be quicker off the ball and it’s a more disruptive position.”Q:  What do you expect your role to be?A:  “Definitely going to be in there on first and second down. I plan on doing my job and being consistent. I want to be a difference maker.”"

Miller also noted that he is far more of a run stopping nose tackle than he is a pass rusher.  It will be curious to see if C.J. Mosley outperforms Miller on third downs and other passing situations, thereby earning more playing time.  Miller’s “tilt position” is rather unique in the NFL, noted Miller saying, “nobody really plays the tilt in the NFL” when asked about who he thinks his game is most like.  It could be a nice wrinkle for the Jaguars on defense, especially considering he found success with it for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

– Luke N. Sims

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