David Harris is one of the New York Jets top tacklers. Bart Scott, as we have discussed previously, has made a big deal about being lighter and faster, to stay on the field during passing downs. The safety position has been completed revamped, with finally some physical presence to give offensive players some pause going across the middle.
Well, the linebackers and safeties had better be on top of their game on Sunday afternoon, because the Steelers will pose a tough test for this group.
The reason? Heath Miller.
The Jets, along with many other teams, have had big troubles defending tight ends in the past, which is why they revamped the safety position. Heath Miller will be a good litmus test to see where the Jets are with their development on this. Big Ben considers Heath a safety blanket, and trusts him as much, if not more, than any other receiver on his team, and it showed last week.
He was targeted 9 times, including plays that were called back for penalties. He finished the game with four receptions for 50 yards and 1 TD. In the redzone, outside the redzone, and mo matter the down and distance, Big Ben looked for his target, Heath Miller. His success, for the most part was across the middle and down the seam, where most tight ends do their damage, and where the linebackers and safeties will be tested.
Turn the page, and we will take a look at one one of Miller’s catches as an example.