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

PLAYERTMRECTARREC%YDSYDS/GYPRYPTTDFD20+YACYAC/RYAC%
Jason WittenDAL11015073.3%1,03964.99.46.9335683102.8230%
Tony GonzalezATL9312475.0%93058.1107.5086532502.6927%
Jimmy GrahamNO8513563.0%98265.511.67.27959123153.7132%
Brandon MyersOAK7910575.2%80650.410.27.6844192863.6235%
Heath MillerPIT7110170.3%81654.411.58.08844113685.1845%
Greg OlsenCAR6910466.3%84352.712.28.11542112523.6530%
Jermaine GreshamCIN649468.1%73746.111.57.8453384296.7058%
Owen DanielsHOU6210360.2%71647.711.56.9563773285.2946%
Jermichael FinleyGB618869.3%66741.710.97.58231103024.9545%
Dennis PittaBAL619365.6%66941.8117.1972982834.6442%
Brandon PettigrewDET5910059.0%56740.59.65.6733332464.1743%
Brent CelekPHI578765.5%68445.6127.86132103305.7948%
Rob GronkowskiNE557969.6%79071.814.410.001145133165.7540%
Martellus BennettNYG559061.1%62639.111.46.9653572033.6932%
Kyle RudolphMIN539357.0%49330.89.35.3093452885.4358%
Jacob TammeDEN528561.2%55534.710.76.5322962154.1339%
Marcedes LewisJAC527866.7%54033.810.46.9242592605.0048%
Aaron HernandezNE518460.7%48348.39.55.7552752304.5148%
Antonio GatesSD497862.8%53835.9116.9073051493.0428%
Benjamin WatsonCLE498259.8%50131.310.26.1132752184.4544%
Dallas ClarkTB477661.8%43527.29.35.7242341132.4026%
Dwayne AllenIND456668.2%52132.611.67.8933092515.5848%
Rob HouslerARI456866.2%41727.89.36.1301751864.1345%
Jared CookTEN447261.1%52340.211.97.2642481693.8432%
Scott ChandlerBUF437358.9%57138.113.37.82636101994.6335%
Tony SchefflerDET428450.0%50433.6126.0012861263.0025%
Lance KendricksSTL426465.6%51932.412.48.1142562395.6946%
Vernon DavisSF416167.2%54834.313.48.98526121744.2432%
Joel DreessenDEN415870.7%35622.38.76.1451941543.7643%
Anthony FasanoMIA416959.4%33220.88.14.815181962.3429%
Zach MillerSEA385371.7%39624.810.47.4731871433.7636%
Tony MoeakiKC335658.9%45330.213.78.0912471434.3332%

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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.