Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Nick Miller was signed by the St. Louis Rams on Monday in an effort by the team to provide some depth to a receiving corps that took a big hit with the loss of Danny Amendola.â†µ
Many thought that Miller, who was an undrafted free agent, would eventually break out with the Raiders and earn some playing time for the team that gave him a shot to play in the NFL. However, with the emergence of young receivers on the Raiders, especially ones who double as kick returners like Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore, Miller was simply a victim of a numbers crunch.â†µ
Miller is a hard working and talented receiver. He runs good routes, has great hands and has a knack for making rather impressive catches. However, his small size, Miller is 5'9 180lbs, really prevented him from excelling at this level as he was often easily thrown off his routes by bigger corner backs.â†µ
It was Miller's kick return prowess, however, that drew interest from the Raiders as well as the Rams. Coach Steve Spagnuolo stated that Miller could get some looks at the punt return position this season. While in college at Southern Utah University, Miller set a record for kick return yardage and was the starting kick returner in Oakland this season while Jacoby Ford was injured.â†µ
In Oakland, Miller was an underdog fan favorite. As a Raiders fan, I wish him the best of luck and hope that he finds success with the St. Louis Rams.