Defensive tackle Roy Miller was signed as one of Dave Caldwell’s earlier moves as Jaguars GM. He played college football at Texas and four years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before coming to Jacksonville. The 310-pound DT has been part of a greatly improved defensive line since his arrival. The 27-year-old signed a four-year extension toward the end of last season that will keep him under contract until 2018. Miller was placed on IR and had knee surgery, missing the final game of 2014, but is expected to be fully healthy and ready for training camp.
You’re not at practice and you’re not at a game. Where will we find you?
At home with my kids clowning on top of me somewhere. I have five kids and they keep me entertained.
Favorite places to eat/drink around town?
I like Marks on Southside and Nippers. You also can’t go wrong with Chipotle.
Tell us a little about your military upbringing.
My dad was in the Army, so I grew up around military bases pretty much all of my life. I have a couple brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, uncles and aunts that also served. The military has really affected my life and it taught me a lot of good things. It has taught me so many valuable lessons about dedication and sacrifice, and has helped me get to this level and do a lot of things that I do within the community.
Could you tell us about your charity involvement?
I’m the president of the Accumulative Advantage Foundation, which was created to give back and celebrate military veterans and service men and women. The best way to do this is to give back to the military kids. While the men and women are serving in war, I know personally that if you do something for my kids it goes a long way, so here we’re trying to help these families.
What was the first thing you bought when you signed with the Buccaneers?
I had some bad history with cars. When I finally got signed I paid off my loan.
Who is your #1 fan?
My kids. They don’t really know what’s going on, but they get really excited about me going out there on the field. My wife is definitely my number one supporter, too. With all those kids at home, I don’t know how she does it.
Favorite career moment thus far?
I’d have to say, Gus’s first win. We really appreciate everything that he does and the coaching he’s brought to this team. The passion he has; you could just see he’s a competitor. To see how rewarded he gets when we go out as a team and win, that’s one of the best moments here. We plan on having a lot more like that this year.
It’s gonna be a good one. I look forward to it and it feels real because I’ve seen it. I’ve seen the players, and it’s exciting to see this team put together.
What’s something you’re most looking forward to this season?
I always look forward to getting better. Last year, I came back with a shoulder injury, so I lost a lot of upper body strength. The offseason has been a focus for me to lift heavily, and I feel so much stronger. I’ve been benching up to 400 pounds, and so for me coming from having my shoulder in a sling and torn, to now doing that much weight, it gives me so much confidence going into the season. I just want to do my part, and I’m excited to do that.
Funniest locker room guy?
Funniest looking is Sen’Derrick (Marks). His laugh is contagious. He has one of those laughs that if you’re around long enough you’ll just laugh. Andre Branch is the funniest as far as jokes, he never stops. The dude has an unlimited supply of jokes. Those two guys I think are the funniest guys. I’m lucky to have them in the locker room.
What do you want to tell all the Jaguars fans out there?
It’s gonna be a good one. I look forward to it and it feels real because I’ve seen it. I’ve seen the players, and it’s exciting to see this team put together, not just with a bunch of young guys, but with experience. I think what we bring to the table this year is two of the best tight ends in the NFL create nightmares for the linebackers. One thing that our offense is going to bring is that they’re going to attack the defenses, and being a defensive player it’s exciting to watch. I look forward to seeing the offense move the ball and score, and that’s what they’re going to do. It’s gonna be fun.
By Devin Rawiszer and Charles White