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Looking Back At The Great Season Had By Steelers TE Heath Miller In 2012


2012 was a phenomenal year for Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller, who registered 71 catches for 816 yards and 8 touchdowns, but when you go even deeper into his stats, you will find that the aforementioned stat line still doesn\’t do his Pro Bowl season justice, nor does it equate to him being ranked the 97th overall player on the Top 100 Players of 2013 list.

For starters, Miller caught 70.3% of the passes thrown to him in 2012 and that ranked him 6th overall among the tight ends that caught 30 or more passes last season.

Miller\’s team leading 368 yards gained after the catch in 2012 was second only to Jermaine Gresham of the Cincinnati Bengals, who registered 429 yards after the catch. Those same 368 yards after the catch gained by Miller accounted for 45% of his total receiving yardage.

While Miller\’s 11.5 yards per catch number was merely average when compared to all tight ends that caught 30 or more passes last season, his 8.08 yards per target number ranked him 6th overall on that same list.

As far team numbers went last season, Miller tied Mike Wallace for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with 8 and he also tied wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in receptions of 20 yards or more with 11. Miller also led the team in first down receptions with 44 and finished just 20 receiving yards behind Wallace in total receiving yardage.

Miller of course tore up his knee in the Week 16 game against the Bengals and the hope is that he will be ready by the start of the 2013 season or shortly thereafter.

When Todd Haley was hired in 2012 to be the Steelers new offensive coordinator, he pretty much made it clear that Miller would be the centerpiece of his offense and that wound up indeed being the case. While he might already be 30 years of age, Miller remains one of the top tight ends in the league, and should he wind up missing any games next season, his shoes will be next to impossible to fill.

Table below is sortable:
2012 Tight Ends With 30 Or More Receptions

PLAYER TM REC TAR REC% YDS YDS/G YPR YPT TD FD 20+ YAC YAC/R YAC%
Jason Witten DAL 110 150 73.3% 1,039 64.9 9.4 6.93 3 56 8 310 2.82 30%
Tony Gonzalez ATL 93 124 75.0% 930 58.1 10 7.50 8 65 3 250 2.69 27%
Jimmy Graham NO 85 135 63.0% 982 65.5 11.6 7.27 9 59 12 315 3.71 32%
Brandon Myers OAK 79 105 75.2% 806 50.4 10.2 7.68 4 41 9 286 3.62 35%
Heath Miller PIT 71 101 70.3% 816 54.4 11.5 8.08 8 44 11 368 5.18 45%
Greg Olsen CAR 69 104 66.3% 843 52.7 12.2 8.11 5 42 11 252 3.65 30%
Jermaine Gresham CIN 64 94 68.1% 737 46.1 11.5 7.84 5 33 8 429 6.70 58%
Owen Daniels HOU 62 103 60.2% 716 47.7 11.5 6.95 6 37 7 328 5.29 46%
Jermichael Finley GB 61 88 69.3% 667 41.7 10.9 7.58 2 31 10 302 4.95 45%
Dennis Pitta BAL 61 93 65.6% 669 41.8 11 7.19 7 29 8 283 4.64 42%
Brandon Pettigrew DET 59 100 59.0% 567 40.5 9.6 5.67 3 33 3 246 4.17 43%
Brent Celek PHI 57 87 65.5% 684 45.6 12 7.86 1 32 10 330 5.79 48%
Rob Gronkowski NE 55 79 69.6% 790 71.8 14.4 10.00 11 45 13 316 5.75 40%
Martellus Bennett NYG 55 90 61.1% 626 39.1 11.4 6.96 5 35 7 203 3.69 32%
Kyle Rudolph MIN 53 93 57.0% 493 30.8 9.3 5.30 9 34 5 288 5.43 58%
Jacob Tamme DEN 52 85 61.2% 555 34.7 10.7 6.53 2 29 6 215 4.13 39%
Marcedes Lewis JAC 52 78 66.7% 540 33.8 10.4 6.92 4 25 9 260 5.00 48%
Aaron Hernandez NE 51 84 60.7% 483 48.3 9.5 5.75 5 27 5 230 4.51 48%
Antonio Gates SD 49 78 62.8% 538 35.9 11 6.90 7 30 5 149 3.04 28%
Benjamin Watson CLE 49 82 59.8% 501 31.3 10.2 6.11 3 27 5 218 4.45 44%
Dallas Clark TB 47 76 61.8% 435 27.2 9.3 5.72 4 23 4 113 2.40 26%
Dwayne Allen IND 45 66 68.2% 521 32.6 11.6 7.89 3 30 9 251 5.58 48%
Rob Housler ARI 45 68 66.2% 417 27.8 9.3 6.13 0 17 5 186 4.13 45%
Jared Cook TEN 44 72 61.1% 523 40.2 11.9 7.26 4 24 8 169 3.84 32%
Scott Chandler BUF 43 73 58.9% 571 38.1 13.3 7.82 6 36 10 199 4.63 35%
Tony Scheffler DET 42 84 50.0% 504 33.6 12 6.00 1 28 6 126 3.00 25%
Lance Kendricks STL 42 64 65.6% 519 32.4 12.4 8.11 4 25 6 239 5.69 46%
Vernon Davis SF 41 61 67.2% 548 34.3 13.4 8.98 5 26 12 174 4.24 32%
Joel Dreessen DEN 41 58 70.7% 356 22.3 8.7 6.14 5 19 4 154 3.76 43%
Anthony Fasano MIA 41 69 59.4% 332 20.8 8.1 4.81 5 18 1 96 2.34 29%
Zach Miller SEA 38 53 71.7% 396 24.8 10.4 7.47 3 18 7 143 3.76 36%
Tony Moeaki KC 33 56 58.9% 453 30.2 13.7 8.09 1 24 7 143 4.33 32%

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  • TJimmy

    I wonder what his blocking statistics looked like. Spaeth led the NFL in that category last year

  • Pete

    Miller is awesome. I loved the pick at the time and he’s proven himself every year. He was underused by Arians and Haley has proven he wants to take advantage of Millers abilities. Give the ball to Miller and he could be a 1000 yard TE. He’s so sure handed.

  • David Edward

    I just hope Heath can return to form. Odds seem to be that he will, but I would’ve liked to see him and Eifert on the field at the same time. Guess it’s just woulda, coulda, shoulda thinking now. Although, Paulsen does have potential to put up Heath-like numbers if Miller isn’t ready to go at the beginning of the season.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    Miller has never got the credit he deserves for what a high quality player he is.

  • 2443scott

    they can place him where ever they want in end steelers be ones with most superbowls while they look on from their recliners

  • Showboogie

    One of the best TE in the league true stand up guy. Im hoping for a speedy recovery cus we gonna need his sevices this year.

  • steeltown

    My favorite Steeler

  • steeltown

    Happy to have Spaeth back.. people downplayed and shunned the signing of Matt, but he is a damn good run blocking TE which is exactly what a Team with a below avg run game needs

  • walter mason

    Miller catrches the ball on the run and he doesnt hesitate to make the catch. He actually seems to accelorate through the catch and that must be why his yards after are so good. Its not his speed and he doesnt juke anybody. The shortest distance to the goal is a straight line.

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