Memo to Tom Cable: It Should be Nick Miller Time

Louis Murphy is out, Johnnie Lee Higgins hasn’t been right since 2008, Jacoby Ford hasn’t proven anything yet and Darrius Heyward-Bey is still a work in progress.

Now is the time to let Nick Miller loose.

Miller spent all of last season on the active roster despite being injured. A feat not even Javon Walker and his pay but don’t play contract could have accomplished.

All Nick Miller does is make plays when given the opportunity. Period.

Miller’s lone career catch – a beautiful 32-yard jumpball in Denver – is equal to DHB’s career long. Nick’s first touch as a punt returner was a 46-yard gem. Who knows what will happen the first time Hue Jackson dials up a reverse.

What more does the man have to do to prove he’s worthy of more snaps?

Clearly the Raiders like Miller otherwise they would have dropped the undrafted rookie from the active roster after learning his shin splint was actually a hairline fracture one year ago. No matter the situation, Miller makes things happen. But I guess when you’re a 5’9” UFA from Southern Utah you always have a chip on your shoulder. Miller knows nothing is guaranteed and he plays like it. Heyward-Bey and his $23-million promise could learn a thing or two from Miller.

I’m not mad that Jacoby Ford is getting the nod over Miller. Maybe Hue Jackson has big plans to put Nick in the slot in order to unleash the homeless man’s Wes Welker on the Seahawks.

Whatever! Just get him the damn ball!

From top to bottom the Raider roster is filled with speed. What separates the ballers from the track stars is playmaking ability. Nick Miller is a playmaker, plain and simple.

With one career catch and just three punt returns to his name, Miller has shown more than DHB and Jacoby Ford combined.

Not hating on Hey-Bey or Ford, just saying Miller makes the most of his chances. So why not give him more?

For most fans, Sundays are all about football and beer. So what is more natural than making this Sunday Miller time for all of Raider Nation? You can thank me later, Tom Cable.

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  • Derrick Thompson

    Couldn’t agree with you more! This guy could be a real spark plug . Haven’t they heard of Wes Welker? Very similar style player that didn’t get enough balls thrown to him in Miami. Now he is one of the biggest threats out of the slot in the league.

  • Chris Shellcroft

    Derrick,

    We’re on the same page. Miller has made plays every chance he’s got. Sure, you can’t read much into the stuff he has done in the preseason but his effort is always there. Now that he’s had a chance to play in the regular season, we’re seeing more of the same.

    All I’m saying is, “Hue Jackson just give Nick Miller the damn ball!”