After an impressive showing in the Chicago Bears first Pre-Season game last Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles, tight end Zach Miller is receiving additional opportunities to stick with the Bears.
During practice on Tuesday, Miller worked with the first-team offense as a part of a two-tight end package with Martellus Bennett.
Miller caught six passes against the Eagles on Friday for a total of 68 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.
Miller will now look to continue his success on Thursday when the Bears face the Jacksonville Jaguars.
A majority of modern day offenses in the NFL feature a two-tight end package. In recent seasons, the Bears had preferred to have a pass-catching tight end as their primary tight end and a blocking tight end as their secondary tight end. Miller could change that trend for the Bears.
With the injury to slot receiver Marquess Wilson, the Bears have been looking for additional pass catchers. That could be the reason why Miller sticks with the team. Miller could attempt to replace some of the production that the team will lose with Wilson likely starting the season on the injured reserve.
Wilson, though, is expected to return at some point during the regular season.