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Colts 2016 player preview: Tight end Mike Miller

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The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason.  To pass the time until camp, we're taking a look at every player on the Colts' 90-man roster.  Today, we're looking at tight end Mike Miller.

Who is he?

One of the more talked about undrafted free agents the Colts signed this offseason was tight end Mike Miller, in large part because he's an unheralded, small-school prospect.  Playing collegiately at Taylor University, an NAIA school in Upland, Indiana, he appeared in 27 games and started 20 while spending time at quarterback and wide receiver.  As a passer, he completed 68 of 161 passes for 568 yards and five touchdowns while adding 84 carries for 177 yards and three scores, but it was really as a receiver where he most impressed.  He caught 80 passes for 959 yards and seven touchdowns, and in his senior season in 2015 he set career bests with 42 receptions for 546 yards and five touchdowns.  Before his time at Taylor, he played at Santa Monica College.  Miller worked out for a handful of NFL teams this offseason, but it was obviously the Colts who wound up signing him.  They have Carlie Irsay to thank for that, as she was the one who discovered Miller and let general manager Ryan Grigson know.

What is his role?

The Colts have talked about Miller quite a bit this offseason and seem to be impressed with him, and the tight end does have a legitimate shot at making the 53-man roster.  Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle are the top two at the position, and Erik Swoope, Mike Miller, and Darion Griswold are competing for the third tight end spot.  It's a crucial year for Swoope this year and he needs to impress during training camp, while we haven't heard much at all about Griswold this offseason.  Mike Miller does stand a good shot at making the roster, then, but even if he doesn't he's a prime candidate for the practice squad.

What are his chances?

A lot of it likely depends upon how Erik Swoope plays, but Mike Miller has a real chance to make the roster -€” or at the very least the practice squad.