Bears-Jaguars preview: Can Zach Miller have an encore performance?

August 14th, 2014 - 4:00 pm

With Bears starting tight end Martellus Bennett suspended and off the grid, the Bears turned to backup Zach Miller last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. Miller turned in one of the best performances of the first week of the preseason with 6 catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns. The fact that he caught those touchdowns from two different quarterbacks only added to the performance.

Miller’s production, paired with rave reviews from the coaching staff, leads many to believe he will supplant Dante Rosario as the primary backup tight end. Add to that fact that No. 3 receiver Marquess Wilson will be out for a significant amount of time and you have to believe that the Bears will entertain the idea of running a lot of two tight end sets.

All of this is contingent on Miller’s first-week performance not being an anomaly, but I like what I saw from him at a fundamental level.

Bennett is slated to suit up for the second preseason game against the Jaguars, and it’ll be interesting to see if he and Miller line up on the field together. And once the starters leave the field, we’ll see plenty more of Miller as the featured option.