Miller's (foot) roster spot will be entirely dependent upon his recovery from his recovery from the injury he suffered last season, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
The Bears have plenty of options to replace Miller, should he be unable to return to full health. Not only does the team return Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker, but it added Dion Sims in free agency before spending a second-round draft pick on Adam Shaheen. However, should Miller prove to be healthy, he should remain as the preferred option as Chicago's pass-catching tight end this season.
Miller (foot) could be challenged for a spot on the roster by Daniel Brown during training camp, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Despite being productive during the 10 games he played last season, Miller's durability issues could factor into whether the Bears decide whether they'd be better off with Brown, a converted wide receiver, as their receiving tight end. However, with the team having drafted Adam Shaheen in the second round of this year's draft, keeping Miller around for the last year of his deal, which has a base salary of $1.5 million, might allow the rookie a year to acclimate to the professional game while the team has a solid receiver in Miller during the transition. As long as Miller makes it through training camp healthy, he should have little trouble holding off Brown, who produced just 124 yards in six games last year after Miller injured his foot. Miller should be a solid backup tight end for fantasy teams should he hold onto his roster spot.
Bears coach John Fox suggested Miller (foot) is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of training camp, Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune reports. "As far as Danny, Zach Miller ... they're going to cut it close for training camp, but right now they're right on target and that's kind of what we expected all offseason," said Fox.
Miller missed the entire offseason program while recovering from a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot, the same injury that wiped out his 2014 campaign. He came on strong late in the 2015 season and carried the momentum into 2016 with 47 catches in 10 games, but even if he's healthy for the start of training camp, the 32-year-old Miller could face serious competition for snaps and targets from free-agent addition Dion Sims and second-round draft pick Adam Shaheen. The Bears also improved their depth at wide receiver, suggesting targets will be spread around between a number of players in an offense that hopes to lean heavily on running back Jordan Howard. Between his injury and the makeup of Chicago's 2017 roster, Miller faces a difficult path to reprising the fantasy utility he had from late 2015 to mid-2016.
Miller said his foot is "close to 100 percent," Mike Berman of NBC Chicago reports.
Miller added that he'll be taking it slow when the Bears start organized team activities. The 32-year-old tight end suffered a Lisfranc injury that cut short his 2016 season after just 10 games. He was having a productive season before the injury, having posted career highs in targets (64) and catches (47).
Miller is progressing well in his recovery from a fractured Lisfranc in his right foot, CSN Chicago reports. "Everything's going great. I'll be ready when we get back in April," Miller said recently. "Everything's going according to plan, ahead of schedule. ... You just gotta put in the time and the work, and when it's time to get back in April and go through OTAs I'll just build on that and work towards getting ready for training camp."
Miller confirmed the nature of his season-ending foot injury for the first time and, by proxy, what wiped away his entire 2014 campaign. Meanwhile, he set career highs in receptions (47), targets (64), and yards (486), while reaching the end zone four times in 10 games before the ailment forced him to the sideline. If he indeed fulfills his expectation and takes part in the offseason program, he'll very likely retain his role as the Bears' top tight end, though the team could strike in what's expected to be a TE-heavy draft class.
|P2||8/19/17||@ ARI||10:00 pm|
|P3||8/27/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|4||9/28/17||@ GB||8:25 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|12||11/26/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/17||@ DET||4:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|