He was a favorite of the fans and the franchise alike. The Raiders always believed in Nick Miller, that’s why they rode with him for three years now. But this is the NFL where results matter more than respect. The Raiders respected Miller from day one. Problem was when Miller finally got his chance didn’t make the most of it.
Today the Raiders released Miller and promoted newly signed safety Ron Parker from the practice squad.
Miller’s job was on the line the second Derek Hagan was signed. Hagan was supposed to be a camp body but instead went out and earned both a roster spot and a role as a receiver. That left Miller with return duties as his only chance to contribute despite a rash of injuries in the receiving corps.
Miller couldn’t cut it on returns and now that Jacoby Ford is back there really isn’t much the Raiders can do with Miller. That’s the business of pro football.
Raider Nation always wanted to see Miller do his thing. He looked like a poor man’s Wes Welker but with more of an ability to stretch the field.
As for Parker, his rise was almost over night. The Raiders waived Sterling Moore to make room for Parker. Then just like that, thanks to injuries, the athletically gifted DB from small Newbury College gets a chance. Hopefully Parker makes the most of whatever opportunity comes his way. As Miller learned, sometimes you only get one shot. Those scholarships are getting harder to come by in the East Bay these days.