Last week against the San Diego Chargers, backup tight end Zach Miller hauled in a touchdown pass with one hand to give the Bears the lead late in the game.
For the second time in as many weeks, Miller made his presence felt when he took Jay Cutler‘s first pass 87 yards for a touchdown in Sunday’s 37-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
How does a tight end do that? In fairness, the Rams safety fell down as he came running up to make a tackle. But also in fairness to Miller and the Bears, Alshon Jeffery made a great downfield block and Miller was quick and decisive when hitting the hole and sprinting upfield.
Not only has Miller been making big plays, but he’s also developing a nice rapport with Cutler. He caught five passes on the day and added a second touchdown a little later. Cutler is finding a comfort level with Miller and looking to throw in his direction more often.
Exactly what impact this will have on starting tight end Martellus Bennett remains to be seen — outside discouragement for Bennett’s fantasy owners — but it’s never bad to have two receiving tight ends. New England has been using that formation for years and has had great success with it.
But before we can crown Miller as the next big thing, he needs to stay on the field, as he has had trouble staying healthy throughout his short career.
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