Over the past two NFL drafts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spent four premium picks on the defensive line; two first rounders and two second rounders on defensive tackles and defensive ends. But the player that’s been with the team the longest is undervalued and under appreciated defensive tackle Roy Miller. Miller, 24, a former Texas Longhorn, and third-round pick in 2009, has played in 31-of-32 games since arriving in Tampa and started all sixteen games in 2010. He has led all defensive linemen, in tackles over that span with 114.
The 6-foot-2, 310-pound run plugger with deceptive quickness – is as strong as an ox and revered by coaches and teammates alike. Recently, one of the newest members of the Bucs coaching staff, defensive line coach Keith Millard, whom St. Petersburg Times staff writer Joe Smith caught up with, could not stop heaping praise on his newest scholar, Miller.
Miller is the glue that holds everything together, the veteran presence along, an other wise inexperienced group of youngry, snot snarling youngsters. He’s the “pitbull” the player who’s tasked with the grunt work as he’s routinely asked to handle doubles teams and anchor versus the run.
“If we didn’t have Roy, none of those guys would matter,” defensive line coach Keith Millard told the St. Petersburg Times. “They wouldn’t be able to do the things we brought them [in] to do. … It all starts with Roy on defense. …He’s a fire hydrant in a dog show, that’s what he is.”
The only fan fair or accolades he receives is from those who lineup next to him in the trenches.
“People don’t realize how good Roy is and how much he does for this team,” Gerald McCoy told the Times. “It’s hard to move him, he’s such a strong guy, and he’s quicker than people think. … It’s not easy to do what he does and he does it very well. There’s a reason he’s still here.”