When it was announced that Sidney Rice was going to miss the rest of the 2013 NFL season with a knee injury, many people were worried how it would affect the Seattle Seahawks passing offense. With Seattle still waiting for injured wide receiver Percy Harvin to make it back to the field, their passing game has certainly felt the negative effects.
Over the past two weeks without Rice, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks passing attack have struggled mightily. Wilson has only thrown the ball 44 times over the past two weeks combined and has completed just 29 of those passes for just 356 combined yards, four combined touchdowns and two interceptions.
Though the Seahawks have seen their passing attack falter a little bit, they have also seen Wilson start to look elsewhere for a pass-catcher that can serve as somewhat of a safety valve for the Seahawks. Thus far, it appears that veteran tight end Zach Miller has emerged as someone who could potentially be that guy.
In Rice’s last full game, Miller saw seven targets and caught five of them for 40 yards and a score. In the two games since then, Miller has seen eight targets, catching five of them for 63 yards, though he hasn’t gotten into the end-zone again.
To be clear, Miller isn’t going to emerge as the Jimmy Graham type tight end because, to put it simply, he’s not a physical freak that can do whatever he wants on a football field. However, Miller has reliable hands and can take contact in the middle of the field. I wouldn’t be surprised if we continue to hear more from him over the rest of the season, or at least until Harvin does get back to action.