Roy Miller is not a household name, not even in Jacksonville, where he was one of the most impactful players on the Jaguars roster in 2015. A 6 feet 2 inches, 320 pounds, Miller is a behemoth that eats up offensive lineman and stuffs running lanes on a regular basis.
When Miller was brought to the Jaguars in 2013 after spending the first four years of his career in Tampa, not many people had heard of him and in turn not many people knew what to expect from him. The Jaguars have certainly gotten more than what they bargained for out of the 29 year old defensive tackle from Texas. Perhaps more important than his contributions on the field is the leadership he provides to this young Jaguars team. Miller is a hard worker who holds himself to a higher standard than anyone else and he can routinely be found working on his craft during the week and leading the team in the pregame huddle on Sundays.
While Miller is a truly fantastic teammate and leader, the importance of his presence on the football field should not be understated. He was the Jaguars best defensive lineman in 2015 and was at times a one man show when trying to stop opposing runners. With injuries to Paul Posluszny, Sen’Derrick Marks, Dan Skuta, and a lack of production from the Jaguars LEO position in 2015, Miller was the only reliable starter in the Jaguars front seven. While his primary asset is his ability to stop the run, he was able to record four sacks in 2015, an impressive number for a run stuffing defensive tackle.
Most people do not notice Miller because he is not recording 10 sacks every year and is not in the opposing quarterback’s face on every drive. However, fans must realize how important Miller was to this team in 2015 and how important he is moving forward. His leadership as a veteran on a team filled with mostly first, second, and third year players is key. His presence as the Jaguars lead run stuffer is also vital, as there are only two real run-stuffers on the Jaguars roster at this time.
Roy Miller’s play does not stand out to the average fan, but it should. Unfortunately for Miller, with the addition of Malik Jackson and the return of Sen’Derrick Marks, who are both pass rushing 3-techs, he will be overshadowed even more in 2016. But make sure to look for big #97 when watching the Jaguars run defense this season, you will not be disappointed.