The New Roy MillerAugust 7th, 2012
Miller has had a topsy-turvy professional career. First he was ordered to put massive amount of weight on to fit into the heinous Jim Bates Experiment, then asked to drop it the following year, and in his third season, he was hurt most of the year.
Miller, who seemed to be a dead man walking the way Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik was collecting defensive tackles in the offseason, has been reborn and is now listed atop the depth chart with the first-team defense.
Miller’s health, or to be clear, his healthy body, seems to have been the difference. That is what he claimed over and over today after practice today at One Buc Palace.
“The difference between now and before, No. 1 thing is I’m healthy,” Miller said. “And the scheme has changed, too. We’re more of an attack team now. It’s hard to see it, but without actually seeing we’re more of an attack-oriented scheme and I’m excited about that. That’s what I did two years ago and I had a pretty good year. So I’m looking forward to getting back to that.”
The style of play that front seven assistant coach Bryan Cox employs is better suited to Miller’s skill set, so he claims.
“I can play more aggressively and like I said, I’m healthy, so I’m ready, I’m excited,” Miller said. “Last year was a little different, especially with the offseason, and then I got hurt, and so I’m just looking forward to being consistent out here.”