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Heath Miller Poised For A Big Year In 2010

John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review thinks six-year tight end Heath Miller is poised for a big season in 2010.

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I couldn't agree more, although when you look at the game logs, it's difficult to find fault with Miller's production in 2009. He set career bests in a number of statistical categories, snagging 76 balls on 98 targets (78%) for almost 800 yards and six scores. 

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Even still, with Hines Ward one year older and Santonio Holmes dressing in green and white, Miller figures to be a more prominent part of the passing game. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians says that Miller will still be used on the line to block in certain sets but that he'll be lining in wide receiver positions more often than in years past.

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Personally, I expect Miller to be particularly productive over the first month of the season, with Ben Roethlisberger out. Not only is September full of pass-friendly matchups on paper, but hitting the tight end over the middle for a quick strike between the linebackers and the safeties is an easy read for a quarterback that's less talented (Byron Leftwich) or less experienced (Dennis Dixon) than Roethlisberger.

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