After some key additions and re-signings, the Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to part ways with defensive tackle Roy Miller.
In 2016 the Jacksonville Jaguars struggled without Roy Miller in the middle of the defensive line. The talented defensive tackle went down with a torn achilles tendon in October and the defense was forced to come together behind Abry Jones at the position.
Jones, to his credit, played admirably and ultimately wound up being re-signed by the Jags shortly before 2017 free agency. This, coupled with a couple more defensive line additions, most notably Calais Campbell, made Miller expendable.
Thus, it was no shock that the Jags announced the release of Miller just four days into free agency. He was only playing in 36 percent of defensive snaps before his injury, per Pro Football Talk.
Miller’s time with the Jags lasted four seasons, brought in during the 2013 ground zero season of the Dave Caldwell-Gus Bradley rebuild. He started 49 games for the team, which was every game appearance in those four seasons. The injury last season was the first time in his career that he played less than 14 games in one year.
Miller will be missed mainly for his contributions to a rebuilding franchise. He was a cornerstone for four years even if the defense he helped lay a foundation for was never particularly good. His presence was one of the few positives for much of those four years.
But, like all things, the Jaguars are moving on and hoping to get better production from other players who can play that run-stopping role.