Miller received seven targets during the game, gaining 35 yards. He acted as Ben Roethlisberger's checkdown option throughout most of the contest. Miller was also responsible for a turnover, losing a fumble during the outing.
Miller will take on the Panthers Week 3.
A number of important players entered the week listed as probable on the injury report. Nearly all of them are active Week 2 against the Steelers.
On defense, the Steelers will have
Second-year wide receiver
Brown caught three passes for 38 yards. He was backed up by tight end
Pittsburgh plays at Baltimore on Thursday night.
Miller was anything but ready in 2013 after sustaining a knee injury the previous December. He missed two games and appeared slow. But Spaeth believes all that has changed.
"Everything about him is better, his overall speed, his burst, coming in and out of breaks," Spaeth told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "He just looks real good now."
Offensive coordinator Todd Haley agrees.
"Heath is night and day from where he was last year at this time," he said. "He wasn't even ready to go that first game, and it took a while to get him back to where he was close to feeling 100 percent. He's 100 percent ready to go."
Miller managed 58 catches for 593 yards and one touchdown last year after snagging 71 for 816 yards and eight scores in 2012.
Miller managed 58 catches for 593 yards in 2013, incuding seven for 58 yards in two matchups with the Browns. Cleveland linebackers struggled mightily covering receivers last season, but have improved their athleticism, which could make things a bit tougher for Miller, who has generally been held in check by the Browns throughout his career.
Another potential problem Sunday is defensive attention. The Browns could give him plenty due to the lack of viable Steelers receiving threats aside from stud wideout Antonio Brown. Miller could find himself being covered more by defensive backs than linebackers. All of which makes him an iffy Fantasy play. Keep in mind, too, that at age 31 and with nine years in the league, he is on the downside of his career.
|3||9/21/14||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|10||11/9/14||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|11||11/17/14||@ TEN||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|14||12/7/14||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
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