Seahawks notes: TE Miller doing more blocking than catching

November 10, 2011|By Danny O'Neil, Seattle Times

RENTON – Zach Miller hasn’t had a problem adjusting to Seattle per se.

You just can’t say Seattle’s new tight end is catching on quickly. Not with just 11 receptions.
Miller has never caught fewer than 44 passes in any season since entering the NFL in 2007. He caught 182 passes the past three seasons, seventh-most of any tight end in the league.

There are currently 37 tight ends in the NFL with more catches than Miller.

"That’s not on him," coach Pete Carroll said. "It's on us to get him the football. He’s been a terrific factor blocking and helping us in pass protection. He had a great game last week for us, but not in the numbers way that you would see."

He has become the team’s third offensive tackle at times, left in to block, and the fact that Dallas had only a single sack on Sunday is proof that he’s effective.

“Zach’s our ace in the hole as a blocker in terms of protection, in terms of the run game,” said Darrell Bevell, Seattle’s offensive coordinator. “He can do some good things in the pass game  we usually end up sending the other guys out and leaving him into block because he’s so good at it. That’s definitely something we need to look at and balance.”

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