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RENTON, Wash. -- Role changes are nothing new for Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller.
Miller went from Oakland Raiders union rep to prized Seahawks free-agent addition to nearly forgotten blocker over a five-month period last year. Miller's role changed again this month when the Seahawks acquired tight end Kellen Winslow from Tampa Bay.
While the Seahawks hope Winslow can provide a receiving threat, that doesn't necessarily mean Miller will spend all his time blocking in the shadows, either.
"They want me to get out more on some routes moreso than last year, when I was in protection a lot," Miller said following practice Wednesday. "Then I'll be in protection sometimes as well. And then with Kellen, I don't know if you saw him out there today, but he's such a good receiver, he makes plays on the ball. He is going to be great for us to run in two-tight end packages."
Miller finished last season with 25 receptions, down from 60 with Oakland in the previous season. Winslow caught 75 passes with the Bucs. How many passes will there be to go around for the Seahawks' tight ends? They didn't catch a touchdown pass last season.
"A lot of it comes with staying on the field as an offense and having a good passing offense," Miller said. "It gives everyone more opportunities. You see those guys in New England, they are both getting a lot of balls. It's just, how good is your offense running?"
A few notes from Seahawks practice:
I headed over to Seahawks headquarters hoping to speak with Carroll regarding Banks, whose compelling story has played out nationally over the last week. Rick Reilly's piece for ESPN.com has the details. Carroll is expected to be available following practice next week.