Seattle hoping to use Miller the pass catcher




RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Through eight games, Zach Miller has proved to be a glorified offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks.

That's not a bad thing. It's a sign of just how valuable the Pro Bowl tight end is as a blocker, especially with the young offensive line the Seahawks have used.

But Seattle didn't lock Miller up for five years to just be an extra lineman. The Seahawks wanted his pass-catching ability across the middle as another component of their offense.

So far, that hasn't developed. Miller enters Sunday's game against Baltimore with just 11 catches for 99 yards, no touchdowns and no catch for longer than 17 yards. He's been held without a catch twice after going 32 straight games with a reception.