Q&A: Heath Miller

Heath Miller appeared to be headed for a big season as a receiver, but this preseason it's been more about blocking defensive ends and springing the screen game. Not that Miller cares.

Heath Miller, tight end, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: You caught so many passes in the spring and now you're blocking so many defensive ends in the games. Will there be a happy medium once the regular season begins?

HM: As far as that's concerned I have no expectations. I'm going to do what I'm asked to do to the best of my ability. That's what I expect out of myself. But, you never know how things are going to shake out. When you get your opportunities you make the most of them, and that's what I try to do.

Q: But this spring, when you were catching all those passes in your shorts and life was just wonderful, weren't you getting excited about big numbers?

HM: I don't know. I can't remember. Was I doing that a lot?

Q: It seemed like it. It seemed like they were throwing to the tight ends a lot more.

HM: Well, it's in.

Q: You have zero catches in two preseason games. But you don't care about numbers, do you?

HM: (pause) I care about winning. (pause) The one year [2009] I caught a lot of balls [76], we were not very good [9-7]. (pause) It's a lot more fun to win. I can attest to that.

Q: You did a good job blocking Dwight Freeney when you had to.

HM: Those guys, Freeney and (Robert) Mathis, they're going to have fun in that defense I think.

Q: Are they strictly 3-4 ends now?

HM: Yeah, it's kind of the Baltimore defense. Mathis is more the standard outside linebacker. Freeney will be the swing guy. He'll play (Terrell) Suggs's position. He'll be an outside linebacker and sometimes he'll put his hand on the ground. So I'm sure they'll have good years.

Q: With the injury to David Johnson, and Weslye Saunders' suspension, are you seeing depth problems at your position?

HM: I think, in our room, we've got a lot of good candidates. It's going to be interesting to see how everything shakes out in the end. Obviously losing D.J. – he's a stud player and he's been around here a while. We all know what he's capable of doing, and he's versatile. He can play fullback and tight end – that hurts. But tight ends-speaking, Leonard Pope's played for a long time. We just brought Justin Peelle in. He's played for a long time. David Paulson's represented himself very well in camp. And then, obviously Wes is out the first four (weeks). But he proved he was capable of playing for us last year, so …

Q: So you're not concerned?

HM: No.

Q: Lastly, the masses want to know when you're going to get a Twitter account?

HM: (laughs) Not any time soon.

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