Lord Knows, the Lions are short-handed in their secondary. Whenever an experienced player becomes available, it is not too far of a stretch of logic to consider whether the recently unemployed defensive back may retain some value for the Lions. When a player with Justin Miller’s game-breaking ability as a kickoff returner, also a position of need for the Lions becomes available, it is safe to assume that the Lions will take notice. Here is the Pro Football Talk entry on Miller:
New York Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum announced today that the Jets have waived cornerback/kick returner Justin Miller.
The news comes as a surprise: Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said on Friday that Miller would probably play on Sunday. Instead, he’s no longer on the team.
A second-round draft pick of the Jets in 2005, Miller was waived during the 2008 season and claimed by the Raiders. This year the Raiders let him go and the Jets brought him back, but he played in only one game.
Although he’s been inconsistent, Miller has undeniable talent as a kickoff returner. He has a career average of 26.1 yards per return, with five touchdowns.
The Lions are not likely to improve in their secondary this season, even if they are able to add a player like Miller, who be no means is a difference-making talent in the secondary. That being said, as a complete package Miller is worthy of consideration, given how depleted the Lions have become due to injuries and a lack of talent.