Raiders looking to Zach Miller more in the red zone
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Raiders looking to Zach Miller more in the red zone

Oakland Raiders tight end Zach Miller @ZMiller86 has been the team's most productive receiver in each of the last two seasons. That's speaking just in terms of yards. He hasn't been very productive around the end zone. He has just seven touchdowns since the start of the 2007 season. Sure, some of that -- most of that? -- can be attributed to the black hole known as JaMarcus Russell, where not even the best receiver can escape. But head coach Tom Cable said Saturday that he takes some of the blame for Miller's lack of scoring. "We have done a poor job of utilizing him in the red zone," Cable said. "If you just start right there, see where he would impact that part of the field, that would really raise his game to a whole new level." And here's a shock: Miller also wants the Raiders to concentrate on getting Miller more opportunities for touchdowns. "That's definitely, easily, one of the biggest things we have to get done," he said. "If you look around, tight ends are huge in the red zone on other teams. We haven't had a lot of scoring chances, especially last year, but I know that is a big point of emphasis -- getting me the ball in the red zone."

Fantasy Analysis:

Miller's receptions and yards have gone up in each of the past two seasons. His draft stock is also up this year with the subtraction of Russell and the addition of Jason Campbell. Considering how well Campbell and Chris Cooley connected during their few years together in Washington, it's not difficult to envision a career year from Miller in 2010. He's a great value pick in drafts, currently being selected after Owen Daniels and Visanthe Shiancoe on average. I would happily take Miller a round or two later.

San Francisco Chronicle

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