Could UDFA Terrence Miller make an impact this offseason?

All indications are that the Jets didn’t make the signing of undrafted free agents a high priority following this year’s draft. However, could they have found a diamond in the rough with Arizona’s Terrence Miller?

Tony Pauline from DraftInsider.net tweeted this earlier this week:

There was also some praise from Football Outsiders a few days ago:

Terrence Miller, a tight end/wide receiver who didn’t produce a huge amount at the University of Arizona, doesn’t come across as the most exciting of undrafted free agent additions. However, Miller has good athleticism and excellent size standing at 6-foot-4 and 234 pounds. He needs to learn how to run routes and be more reliable catching the football, but he’s definitely an intriguing developmental prospect for an offense that needs to continue creating depth on the offensive side of the ball.

This Bleacher Report article gives Miller a 15% chance of making the active roster.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

It looks like Miller, who played both wide receiver and tight end in college and had 40 catches in his senior year, is going to be used at tight end with the Jets. He ran a 4.72 forty at Arizona’s pro day.

If he can work on improving his hands and blocking, maybe he could have a chance to be in the mix with the likes of Zach Sudfeld and Chris Pantale for the third tight end spot. In fact, in 2010, the Jets actually kept four tight ends on their roster all year, despite Cumberland not playing other than in the meaningless week 17 blowout of the Bills.




22 comments
maynard
maynard

How is a 234 lb TE, who can't run routes, isn't terribly reliable catching and only has 4.74 speed being given an article about making the team/  Are we that bad?


Cumberland was 15 lbs heavier and ran a 4.46 40. There is no comparision!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

I want GanGrel nation backing Chris, the pride of Long Island!!!!!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Morning Gangrels! The forecast from Uncle Joe's Jet farm is an early morning gloom followed by a clearing and sunshine. Upper 70s and slightly humid. Also a Chris Algieri win and new WORLD champion! Catch it tonight, 10pm HBO!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

I have been hearing that Amaro is well behind Cumby for the starting role and that he is not ready for play at the NFL level yet. They say the speed of the NFL and complexity is way ahead of him. I hope he catches on and fast. Without him Decker will covered like glue.

buckets
buckets

 better version of Jeff Cumberland at comparative points in career...


Except, that...he isn't.

Ian Grossman
Ian Grossman

I am a University of Arizona student and I have watched miller play a lot he is great at finding the gaps in the D and filling in with his big frame. He is a really big guy and has soft hands. I hope he can make an impact early love to see him succeed.

juunit
juunit

0% chance. He's an undersized TE and a slow oversized WR who didn't do anything at Arizona, a spread offense that has put up very good numbers while he was on it.

Bernie Lyons
Bernie Lyons

Brandon Flowers was released by the Chiefs ... Sign 'em up!!

tsjc68
tsjc68

Pauline and FO are right, Miller is an intriguing developmental guy. I think it will be hard for him to climb over Sudfeld for TE#3 and doubt we carry four TEs on the 53, but he could climb over Pantale to get the TE spot on the PS.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@maynard Saying that he'll make the team is a stretch, but Miller does have some interesting upside and he could carve out a practice squad spot with an eye on making the roster in 2015.

kniff
kniff

@jake100 Good morning Joey,

 I'm concerned about the development of Amaro as well, but lets maybe give it some time.(as if we had a choice!)


I must admit your post reminded me that Jimmy Graham was available at one point, and we could have traded up for Eric Ebron (who is taking snaps with the second team btw)


Sudfeld might be ready to ascend, and Cumby is durable so lets just stay tuned and let it all play out...

juunit
juunit

Pantale was moved to the roster at the end of the season.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@kniff @jake100 Good morning Kniffster! I agree, he needs some time, he is a rookie and from a less complicated college offense. I guess all the unrealistic hype about rookies just lighting it up every off season from the getgo is brain washing me, lol Rookies being a significant impact their first season is the exception not the rule. I would be happy with a rookie that holds the fort their first season and is not a liability, learns the game, and then grows into a very solid contributor.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Hanknaples I feel like he's a good coach with a system that opened up lanes for Shady McCoy to have his best season and allowed Foles to play efficient, ball-control football.


Now let's see him do it for a decade.  Plenty of coaches had good first seasons they couldn't replicate.