Jaguars defensive line coach Todd Wash likes to talk about all the things that free agent defensive tackle Roy Miller can bring to their defense.
Wash, who coached Miller for his first two years in the league, in Tampa Bay, said of his thoughts when Miller hit the free agent market, “He’s such a great run defender. I obviously knew him as a person and just the mentality he would bring into our room. He’s a big physical type of player.’’
He added, “The biggest thing is not only his play-making ability, but the mentality he brings. He’ll fight to the bitter end and that’s what we need to have up front to stop the run in the NFL. He won’t say much, but I love the way he works and the way he competes. I knew he would help me develop that within our room.’’
The only problem is that Miller hasn’t had a chance in the offseason to show the Jaguars what he can do on the field because the tendinitis in his left knee that bothered him last year hasn’t healed as quickly as the Jaguars hoped it would.
They conducted their 10th and final organized team activity (OTA) of the offseason Friday and he’s yet to get on the field for a team drill.
He hopes to get his first team action next week when they have a three-day minicamp that will be their last practices until they open training camp in late July.
Coach Gus Bradley said of Miller missing all the OTAs, he said, “I’m not sure that we thought he would miss all of them. I think that we knew the knee part, but we thought with rest it would come back. He’s going to end up being fine. We’re just being cautionary as a result of it. The biggest thing for us is to get him ready for training camp.’’
Wash said, “He’s going to need a training camp. We’re hoping he gets a limited role next week in minicamp. He’s used to the techniques I’m teaching, but we need to change some of the things he did last year in Tampa. He needs some work. I’m not overly concerned, but I am concerned he hasn’t gotten a lot of reps.’’
Miller said he’s looking forward to being healthy this year after being bothered with the injury last year.
“It was nothing major or anything, but it was something that was aggravating me through the season and now that it is gone, I feel a whole lot better than I did last year. I feel I can play a lot better now that it’s healed,’’ he said.
Miller also has positive feelings about playing for Wash again.
“I’m going to get back to doing some of the things he teaches. I wanted to come back here and get better and be in a positive environment,’’ Miller said.
And he also likes Bradley’s high energy approach that he heard about from his former Tampa Bay teammates.
Bradley coached in Tampa Bay the year before Miller got there and he said, “I heard everybody loved him. ‘’
Miller, a third round pick of the Bucs in 2009, didn’t make any more visits after coming to Jacksonville and quickly agreed to a two-year $4.5 million deal.
He gave Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano the courtesy of a call telling him he had an offer from the Jaguars.