Tag:Heath Miller
Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:30 pm

VIDEO: Steelers on set of next Batman movie

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Taking a break from sweating in the hot sun in western Pennsylvania while at training camp, about 12 Steelers spent last Saturday morning at Heinz Field spending time under the hot lights of Hollywood and pretending to play football.

As the Pittsburgh Tribune Review writes, Ben Roethlisberger, S Troy Polamalu, WR Hines Ward, LB James Farrior, C Maurkice Pouncey, TE Heath Miller, DE Brett Keisel* and S Ryan Clark all participated in the shooting for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the new Batman movie scheduled to drop next summer.

*Yes, but what about Keisel’s beard?

“You put the uniform on, you sit around a long time, guys with the cameras come and get you and you go on the field and do our little part," said defensive end Aaron Smith, who, with his teammates, played for a club called the Gotham Rogues. "Batman was not on site when I was there. Saw a bunch of football guys."

It’s unfortunate that Batman was not at Heinz Field that day (perhaps, Christian Bale was indulging in some Primanti Bros.?), but to ease that pain, there is video of part of the day’s events (though if you can tell what’s going on in the shot, you’re a better person than me).

So, why did producers set up Pittsburgh for the shot and, specifically, use the Steelers as the Rogues? According to the AP, the executive producer, Thomas Tull, is a member of the team’s ownership group. See? It's always about who you know.

H/T to Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner.

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Posted on: March 14, 2011 12:33 pm

Hot Routes 3.14.11: Interest-free loans

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The Panthers will get an up-close look at Ryan Mallett on Tuesday when they conduct a private workout for the Arkansas QB. This obviously is big news because Carolina holds the No. 1 pick.
  • Several teams, according to a report in SI (via the Baltimore Sun) , have dropped the name of Colorado CB Jimmy Smith off their draft boards. Plenty of questions about his character.
  • George Whitfield, who’s coaching Cam Newton these days, tells Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington that Newton is so far from a finished product that it’s scary. He also said Newton’s QB model is that of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
  • According to Ravens S/prize fighter Tom Zbikowski, his next fight is set for March 26 in Atlantic City against the dreaded TBA. So far, Zbikowski is 2-0 with two first-round knockouts. Chances are good that, in a couple weeks, he’ll be 3-0 with three knockouts.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:28 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 8:46 am

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive roster breakdown

Posted by Will Brinson & Andy Benoit

Perhaps the most fascinating thing if you look (at a glance anyway) at Pittsburgh and Green Bay is that they've built their teams "properly." (AKA "the opposite of Dan Snyder.) They draft smart, and they sign smarter. At least that's what we're lead to believe, right?

Andy and I set out to check the roster breakdown for both teams. En route, we* managed to figure out not only where they're coming from, but what they'll do for their respective teams in the Super Bowl.

Name POS Acquired Scouting Report
Ben Roethlisberger
Drafted 11th overall, 1st Round 2004
The most physically gifted quarterback in all of football (including Mr. Vick). Sandlot style makes him nearly impossible to gameplan against.
Rashard Mendenhall
Drafted 23rd overall, 1st Round 2008
Can immediately regain his balance and accelerate after bouncing off a defender. That’s a big reason why he’s developed into one of the best fourth quarter closers in the game.
Mewelde Moore
Drafted 119th overall, 4th Round MIN; FA, 2008
Struggled in pass protection early but settled down late. Good dumpoff target who can eat up ground if given room to generate speed. However, doesn’t have the initial quickness to create his own space.
Jonathan Scott
Drafted 141st overall, 5th Round, DET; FA, 2010
Offers very little power for a man of 6’6”, 318-pound size.
Chris Kemoeatu
Drafted 204th overall, 6th Round 2005
Steelers’ best lineman. Nasty out-in-front blocker who gets to the linebacker level with ease.
Doug Legursky
UDFA, 2009
Iffy strength is a major concern given Green Bay’s ravenous defensive linemen.
Ramon Foster
UDFA, 2009
Not powerful enough to move people in the run game, but at least gets OK placement on his blocks.
Flozell Adams
Drafted 28th overall, 2nd Round DAL; FA 2010
At 35, it’s almost painful watching him try to move. But even more painful is watching a helpless defender try to unshackle from his grasp.
Trai Essex
Drafted 93rd overall, 3rd Round 2005
Has monstrous size and is versatile enough to play inside or outside. But doesn’t it tell you something that he’s still coming off the bench despite all the injuries up front?
Mike Wallace
Drafted 84th overall, 3rd Round 2009
The most lethal big-play weapon at wideout in today’s NFL. The difference between DeSean Jackson and him is his acceleration is augmented by an extremely long stride.
Hines Ward
Drafted 93rd overall, Round 1998
These days, runs like he’s wearing boots. But, somehow, he still manages to get open. Everything they say about his blocking is true, by the way.
Emmanuel Sanders
Drafted 82nd overall, 3rd Round 2010
It’s just a matter of time before the third-round rookie takes over as the No. 2 target. Roethlisberger loves to look for him whenever he aligns in the slot of a five-receiver set.
Antonio Brown
Drafted 164th overall, 6th Round 2010
Sixth-round rookie has shown a penchant for big plays.
Heath Miller
Drafted 30th overall, 1st Round 2005
Not the god that Steeler fans insist he is, but soft hands and technically sound blocking are certainly valuable.
Matt Spaeth
Drafted 77th overall, 3rd Round 2007
Heath Miller only with less skill and more size.

*Scouting smarts credited to Benoit. HTML and research credited to Brinson.
Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:25 pm

Heath Miller suffers a setback

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On Wednesday, Steelers TE Heath Miller practiced for the first time since suffering a horrific concussion against the Ravens. By Thursday, though, some post-concussion symptoms had returned, and now, his status for Sunday’s game vs. the Jets is in question. Miller

"He experienced a little headache," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Very cautious. We're not going to take any chances with him."

Since the headache was deemed minor, the team hopes Miller can practice Friday and be ready to go Sunday.

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:00 pm

Heath Miller to resume practicing

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Steelers TE Heath Miller, last seen taking a non-flagged, $40,000 beating from Ravens LB Jameel McClain, has passed his post-concussion neurological tests, and he’s set to practice Wednesday.

He’ll probably be a little gun-shy, right? Um, no, he doesn’t think so.

"This is a game I've played my whole life," Miller told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook. "I can't say for sure I won't have any problems going back out there until I do it. I've never had to come back from something like this. It's my first concussion. But I don't anticipate any problems."

An interesting aside from Cook in his column relates to how Miller’s wife, Katie, was reached after McClain knocked him out of the game:

Right after the McClain hit, Katie Miller couldn't have cared less that a flag wasn't thrown. She is Miller's wife and is deep into a pregnancy with their second child. She was watching the game in their North Hills home and, like the rest of us, was horrified by the collision. In those first, few agonizing seconds after it happened, she, too, wondered if Miller would get up.

Steelers security chief Jack Kearney carries the phone numbers of all the players' wives and girlfriends for moments like that. As soon as Miller made it to the sideline with the team doctors, Kearney called Katie Miller and handed his cell phone to team orthopedist, Dr. Jim Bradley, who reassured her that her husband was going to be OK, that he had a concussion but no serious neck injury. Katie Miller immediately called Heath's parents, Earl and Denise, who were watching the game at their home in Swords Creek, Va., and also feared the worst.

"That's one of the negative things that comes with our sport," Miller said. "A lot of people come out to watch the game and have fun. They don't realize that we have a wife and kids and parents who also are watching and keeping their fingers crossed that we get through it OK."

Luckily, Miller, for the most part, did.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:56 pm

Hot Routes 12.9.10: Dolphin travel news!!!

Hot Routes

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

Another week, another migraine for Vikings WR Percy Harvin.

The Lions have to move one of their best defenders, Kyle Vanden Bosch, to the IR list, ending his season.

The Giants are letting the Dolphins practice at their facility Friday and Saturday as Miami prepares to face the Jets. Apparently, this was a big news story in New York. Mara says it must have been a slow news day. (It was.)

Also, the Dolphins will arrive in New York a day early in order to adjust to the climate and, at the request of owner Stephen Ross, see a Broadway show (Lombardi).

Yeah Jameel McClain is going to go ahead and appeal that $40,000 fine for blasting Pittsburgh’s Heath Miller last Sunday.

It doesn’t matter how much pain he has, Chargers TE Antonio Gates said he’s going to play vs. the Chiefs this Sunday.

Here’s what Tim Tebow had to say about Urban Meyer resigning.

Falcons clinch a playoff berth. (Okay, so we’re already assuming they’ve won this Sunday’s game against Carolina).

The Cardinals have a way of finding talented defensive tackles who can’t quite get their motors running early in their career. Is this year’s first-round pick Dan Williams another one of those guys? Depends how you interpret Ken Whisenhunt’s comments.

The Bucs confirm what we already knew about RT Jeremy Trueblood a few weeks ago.

Two NFL players made Forbes’ “best dressed” list: Tom Brady (of course) and Bengals LB Dhani Jones (a bowtie aficionado).

The Cowboys have had at least four Pro Bowlers every year since 2002. That could change this season.

The Lions could find themselves playing in a road atmosphere at Ford Field this Sunday.

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:18 pm

McClain fined $40K, Ngata $15K for hits Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

Outside of the super end-of-game series from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, two plays in particular stood out -- Haloti Ngata's hit on Ben Roethlisberger (that ended up with Ben's nose getting crunked) and Jameel McClain's helmet-to-helmet shot on Heath Miller.

The latter even prompted Greg Aiello to tweet, during the game no less, that it was likely to draw a fine. Well, Aiello's tweeted again, confirming that McClain was fined $40,000 for his shot on Miller, and that Ngata was fined $15,000 for his illegal blow to the head on Roethlisberger.

Josh wrote following the game that the NFL needs more consistency with their flag-tossing when it comes to illegal hits (McClain wasn't even penalized for the hit on Miller, though it was an obvious illegal shot) and that's still true.

But at least give the league credit for making sure that there's some consistency in the money that's coming out of players' pockets, even if it would be nice to make sure that some of the hits that take place on the field are more properly identified by the officials at the time.

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 9:26 am

Surgery for Roethlisberger; other Steelers hurt

Posted by Andy Benoit

That broken nose Ben Roethlisberger suffered (the one the Steelers said was NOT broken) will require surgery.

Ed Bouchette and Jerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that Roethlisberger will have a procedure done Monday. Roethlisberger’s nose was broken when he took an inadvertent shot to the face from Ravens beast Haloti Ngata (as Steeler fans are still crying, the play did not draw the mandatory flag).

Big Ben wasn’t the only Steeler hurt Sunday night. Tight end Heath Miller took a nasty (and illegal) shot to the head. His status will be determined later in the week. Same goes for right tackle Flozell Adams, who suffered a high ankle sprain (the guess here is Adams will sit considering backup Trai Essex has starting offensive tackle experience).

Finally, punter Daniel Sepulveda tore his right ACL, the second time in three years he has suffered such an injury.

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