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Call me a homer, but ever since Zach Miller busted out that 80-yard touchdown against Philadelphia last year, I have considered him the most potent feature of Oakland's passing game. I'll admit, the competition was like picking between candy and poison, eluding to DHB's horrid rookie season.
Miller's production has been outstanding this year, hauling in 34 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns. HIs presence allows Campbell to check down to him, and vice versa, check off of him, reason being that he's typically the go-to guy on short passing downs.
Important to note, Zach Miller has caught 200 passes in just 55 games for Oakland, and this past Sunday marked only the second game of his career where he was forced to take a seat due to a foot injury. It's been reported that he will not practice at all during the bye week in order to rest his foot "arch" injury.
With Jacoby Ford's emergence as the jet fueled receiver that scouts once raved about, Zach Miller can only make things better. However, Miller is not the only wounded Raider who needs to make an appearance in the remainder of the season.
Chaz Schilens has just hit the practice field after knee surgery in the pre-season. His return means the jump ball option can be pondered, as his 6'4, 225 pound frame makes him an attractive lobbed-ball target. He hopes to get back on the field in about a month, just in time for a division deciding stretch.
Louis Murphy, who has been dealing with a bruised lung, has been cleared to play against Pittsburgh following Oakland's bye this week. His ability to remain healthy is huge, as the more receivers at Oakland's disposal allows for an increased offensive game-plan for offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.