I’ll be the first to admit that I wanted to see more of Nick Miller. I know I’m far from alone in the sentiment as Miller became a fan favorite among Raider Nation despite the fact he had done little on the field of play (in the regular season). Joining in the Miller fan club, the Raiders themselves even took a liking to him as evident by his continued presence on the roster for three years running.
Despite all the support and fanfare I’m sad to say his time has come and gone.
Miller was kept on the active roster as a rookie despite missing the entire season with a shin injury. Last year he finally saw sparse regular season action yet did manage to make a few minor contributions. This year Miller was outplayed in the preseason and has done nothing in the regular season.
His days are numbered and if you don’t believe me just wait until Taiwan Jones gets his shot at returning kicks this Sunday.
Against Buffalo, Miller had the best opportunity of his career in his hands. Much like the kickoff he booted out of bounds, Nick the Quick just couldn’t hang onto his job.
Jones was always going to be a threat to take a job from the day he was drafted. After his eye-opening NFL preseason debut against the Saints, Taiwan was guaranteed to get some kind of a role.
Perhaps feeling a sense of loyalty to Miller, the Raiders (really Al Davis) gave Nick both an undeserved job and an undeserved chance. Again, I’ve been a massive Miller supporter but there’s not a person on the planet that can argue he was better than any other receiver who made the roster.
In many ways its flattering that Davis thinks as highly of Miller as the fans do. It’s also a little foolish to keep him on scholarship. Derek Hagan fought his way onto the team and has earned his role. Miller, this year, hasn’t. Now Miller will still be on the roster thanks to all the injuries to Oakland receivers. But his first chance might have been his last.
It’s just that simple and unfortunately that’s the nature of the NFL. Sometimes one shot is all you’ll get.