Thursday, October 4, 2012
Steelers' Miller is NFL's top red-zone target
By Jamison Hensley
In his first three games last season, Steelers tight end Heath Miller had nine catches and no touchdowns. In the first three games of 2012, Miller is tied for the league lead with eight red-zone targets and four touchdowns, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
One of the significant changes in Todd Haley's new offense has been an increased emphasis on Miller inside the 20-yard line. Only Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and Giants tight end Martellus Bennett have had as many passes thrown their way in the red zone as Miller and those receivers have played one more game than Miller.
In the red zone, Miller has caught six passes for 30 yards and four touchdowns. Miller, who had a combined four touchdowns the past two seasons, has never caught more than seven touchdowns in a season.
Here's the red-zone leaders for the other teams in the AFC North: Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (six targets, two touchdowns), Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (five targets, two touchdowns) and three Browns (Josh Cribbs, Greg Little and Jordan Cameron) with two targets and no touchdowns.