Oakland's Justin Miller Provides Double Edged Sword For Raiders' Opponents

Bret ArmstrongAnalyst IOctober 1, 2009

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Cornerback Justin Miller #22 of the Oakland Raiders rushes upfield against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

A healthy Justin Miller is as good as any return man in the league right now, on any team.

I was disappointed when I heard that he had been cut from the 53 man roster, but at the same time, I understood it.

At the time, Miller was suffering from a turf toe injury. While not many of us understand the complexities of the injury, we have seen firsthand what it did to Charles Woodson's game when he was suffering from the injury.

John Bowie was placed on injured reserve today, which made room for Miller's return to the roster. One can only hope he has been resting that toe injury, and it will not become problematic.

It was a cause for concern in the final preseason game, when Miller was outperformed by, ug, John Bowie.

Miller is a great young talent, with tremendous upside. He signed with the Raiders in week eight last season and managed to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in December. He won the award for special teams player of the month in December.

Miller is a dual threat for Oakland, whose defensive backs are dropping like flies in October. Miller was great his freshman year in college at Clemson, intercepting nine passes in 12 games.

He worked his way into the starting squad in week three of his freshman year. I know, I lived 10 minutes from Clemson at the time. I have followed his career closely right up until now.

Drafted by the New York Jets, he suffered a season-ending injury in '07. He was on his way to establishing himself as a starting corner-back for New York at the time, and he was already an established return man.

Miller's season-ending injury ended up being the end of the line in New York. In the 2008 draft, the Jets selected CB Darell Reevis in the first round. It turned out to be a great pick, and he was an instant starter.

Following Miller's injury, Leon Washington took over as the Jets' return man, and proved to be very effective as well.

Eight weeks into the '08 season, Miller was cut to make room for Ty Law. It was at the same time that Oakland released DeAngelo Hall.

My cousin, who is a big time Jets fan, was quite displeased. He is a Miller fan, and does not like Ty Law. He blames Law, in part, for the Jets' collapse at the end of last season.

I crossed my fingers as soon as he told me the news and low and behold, before I knew it, Miller was a Raider.

He really is a capable coverage man, in spite of that final preseason performance this year. We all already know he is a great return man.

Let me be the first to say, "WELCOME HOME, JUSTIN!!!"


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