June 12, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Zach Miller (86) runs with the ball during minicamp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
As Adam laid out in the opening piece of this series, I will be selecting seven players off of the current Jaguars roster to field a hypothetical flag football squad that will match up against his for your votes to see which team you guys and gals feel would win.
Having played flag football competitively since high school and throughout my adult life, I'm actually pretty excited to partake in this, and interested to see how Adam and I's selections differ based on that experience as well as some good old fashion strategery.
I figured Adam would likely go with Gabbert as his first pick, and while it's certainly the best "sit in pocket and throw" option, the QB many times has to be your best overall athlete, playing both sides of the ball.
Keeping this in mind, I'm selecting Zach Miller with my first pick.
For me, Miller's choice is an easy one here. Outside of UDFA Mike Brown, no other Jaguar on the roster has the proven ability to play QB at a high level, while also having the athleticism to go out and catch a pass reliably, cover a receiver downfield, or even rush the passer.
Miller rushed for over 1,000 yards while passing for 1,500 in his senior year at Nebraska-Omaha. That kind of versatility is what you need from your quarterback as many times he's doing his best to shake off a trailing rusher, or even at times taking hand offs to move the ball downfield with his legs.
His respectable speed, to go along with his 6'5 235 frame and soft hands also make him a significant threat as a receiver, in the event we run a double pass or hand off to another offensive player and send Miller downfield for the pass. This also makes him a prime candidate to be the shutdown safety that we'll need to try and disrupt Gabbert's passing attack, and his solid hands should make him as good as any at pulling flags.
Looking forward to Round 2, as we build our WINNING squad.