The fact that the Steelers may have drafted their tight end of the future has no effect on Heath Miller’s mindset.
Now 32 years old, Miller is entering his 11th season in the league, all with the Steelers. While he may not be as quick as his younger self, he is certainly wiser, which he believe makes up for any physical dropoff.
"Obviously, physically you’re at your peak when you’re young, but mentally you’re not where you are, or I am, at this point, so I think it kind of evens itself out," Miller told the team’s official website Tuesday. "I think I’ve probably seen all the looks that I can see, been in all types of situations. So there’s a comfort level in knowing that and recognizing things, and having a feel for what’s about to happen before it happens."
Miller, who caught 66 passes for 761 yards, is under contract with Pittsburgh through 2016. While fifth-round pick Jesse James out of Penn State may take his spot down the road, Miller is only worried about this season.
"I just try to approach each year in and of itself and not try to think about the future," Miller said. "I’m focused on this year and I guess when the time is right maybe I’ll know, but right now I’m all in for this year."