San Francisco 49ers star Bruce Miller is no stranger to changing positions. In college, he was an award-winning defensive end. By the time that he got to the NFL, Miller was learning how to play on the other side of the football as a fullback. With Chip Kelly taking over as the head coach of the Niners, Miller finds himself learning two new positions now. According to ESPN, Bruce is being utilized at both tight end and wide receiver next season.
Chip Kelly doesn’t really like to use a fullback in his offensive scheme. He might actually feel the position is archaic since it is not conducive to his high-octane style of gaining yards and putting up points. Kelly likes to use his running backs and wide receivers to spread the defense thin, while unleashing the tight ends to take advantage of the remaining territory.
The conversion from fullback to tight end is not an easy one. Rather than being in the backfield and being able to see the defense better, Bruce Miller is now going to be at the point of the attack. He won’t be able to survey as much of the defense as he previously could. That’s going to be a major adjustment for Miller.
To his credit, Bruce Miller has made quite a bit of effort so that he can stay on the field for the San Francisco 49ers. Miller has dropped some weight to make himself more effective as a tight end and wide receiver. He’s also been working on his quickness and reception skills. Miller has spent a good amount of time studying some of the better tight ends in the NFL to prepare for next season. He named Dallas Cowboys star Jason Witten as one of the players that he has been researching.
Of course, the San Francisco 49ers could opt to keep Bruce Miller around to be a key contributor to special teams. He’s more than willing to play that role. However, it remains to be seen how long Miller will remain happy if he doesn’t receive a lot of time on the field. He’s far from being a selfish player, but he’s a very competitive individual.
Bruce Miller is too dedicated of a football player to not be on the field. It’ll be interesting to see if that will be with the San Francisco 49ers or another team in the NFL.
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