With veteran tight end Martellus Bennett suspended because of the fight he got into with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller in training camp, Chicago Bears tight ends have a chance to impress the coaching staff. One player who did just that during the Bears’ 34-28 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Friday night was Zach Miller.
Miller made six receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
Jeffer Dickerson of ESPN Chicago explains how impressive Miller has been.
Miller’s first score of the night came courtesy of starting quarterback Jay Cutler, who fired a bullet to Miller in the endzone for a 10 yard touchdown. Palmer later found Miller on a 12 yard scoring completion when the 6-foot-5 tight end jumped in the air to complete the catch against an Eagles defender positioned in front of Miller.
“It was actually the same play call – almost the same throw from both Jay [Cutler] and Jordan [Palmer],” Miller said. “It was a back-shoulder throw, and they put it where they needed to.”
Cutler added: “[Miller has] had a good camp. We just want to get him in games and see how he can do. Every time he’s had an opportunity he’s made a play. We just have to keep progressing him along. He has been a nice addition for the offense and we’re excited to use him more.”
Miller was originally drafted with the 180th-overall pick in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his career, he has 45 receptions for 470 yards and four touchdowns.