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Is it "Miller Time?"
Miller, the Raiders' second-round pick last year, provided that and was also a solid receiver underneath.
With Russell stepping in as the full-time starter now, Miller's development in his sophomore NFL season will be critical. That's why it was encouraging to see the two have already developed a good rapport on the field during Oakland's offseason workouts.
With some question marks at wide receiver — Jevon Walker's knee, Ron Curry's foot, just to name a few — getting the Russell-Miller combo going early is also going to be key to keeping teams from stacking the box to stop the running game.
Miller had a pretty good season as a blocker last year. Though he had his problems a few times, he showed enough to keep the Raiders' confidence and was easily the team's most consistent tight end in that area.
The Raiders have drafted four tight ends in the last six seven years (Doug Jolley, 2002), Teyo Johnson, 2003) and Courtney Anderson (2005) and Miller. The first three showed some promise in the first years but couldn't sustain their early success and wound up either being traded or let go.
Miller doesn't appear to be in that same mold.
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