Zach Miller proving to be reliable target — when healthy

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Bears tight end Zach Miller caught five passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the Washington Redskins, and continues to prove that he’s a reliable receiving target for quarterback Jay Cutler.

With the team’s top tight end, Martellus Bennett, placed on injured reserve this week, Miller stepped into the spotlight as the featured tight end. Miller has caught 21 passes for 313 yards and a team-high five touchdowns this season. He has played in all 13 games this year, and has been a starter in the two-tight end set for 12 of those contests.

It’s a shame that Miller has battled injuries his entire career because that label will be attached to him for the remainder of his playing days. With questions circulating about Bennett’s future with the team, perhaps the biggest query that needs to be answered is whether Miller can be relied upon as the top player at the position.

Miller sustained a calf injury with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 preseason and was placed on injured reserve. Before this year, he has not appeared in a regular season game since 2011. But the determined Miller has fought hard to keep his job and he’s reaping the rewards now.

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