Charlie Miller, a rookie defensive back set to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been released via an injury settlement.
Standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing 190 pounds, Miller joined the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 1 as a rookie free agent. During his four seasons at Dartmouth, Miller went on to have 70 tackles, three tackles for a loss, four passes defended and three interceptions in 24 games. Miller was someone with a bright future.
He had 41 tackles and two interceptions in nine games in 2016 and was a football and baseball captain in his high school, Totino-Grace. He also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at his pro day workout and had to juggle rookie minicamp and OTAs while finishing his coursework for his economics degree.
Miller fit in as a reserve safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars behind Barry Church, Tashaun Gibson, Jarrod Wilson, and Peyton Thompson, among others.
Regarding his experience with the Jaguars, Miller had this to say:
“They definitely see me as a special-teams guy right now,” Miller told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I feel like to outsiders it might be seen like, ‘Oh, he’s only playing special teams.’ That isn’t even close to how I’m looking at it. I know this is my opportunity to prove myself… I know I have to bring my lunch pail and go to work and grind and show the coaches that I really want it.”
“Your dream of playing and being a star in the NFL as a kid, and even though I’m far from that, to have this type of opportunity is awesome,” Miller added. “It means a lot to at least have a shot.”
With the loss of Miller, the Jacksonville Jaguars now have 89 players under contract heading into training camp. We can only wish Charlie Miller a fast recuperation and hope that his days in the NFL are not over before they even started.