Braxton Miller has a lot of talent that still needs to be tapped into.
It typically takes a young wide receiver a few years to acclimated to the NFL and be able to make an impact.
Some receivers can be difference makers right away, but it takes time for most to get used to the speed of the game.
One player that could take a big step forward in 2017 is Texans’ second-year wide receiver Braxton Miller.
Texans’ general manager Rick Smith recently said that he expects Miller to grow exponentially from last year as a rookie to the upcoming season.
From the Houston Chronicle:
"“It’s a difficult position to play in our league,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said. “There’s a lot of learning. There’s a lot of physical demands on that position. The expectation and the progression from a career, there’s exponential growth expected from Year 1 to Year 2.“And it’s because, in a lot of respects, they know pro football a lot better, the rhythm of the season, the demands, everything is just different. It’s heightened. To the degree that a guy can come in and process that and play with some success as a rookie, that’s good. That next year is when you tend to see that biggest jump.”"
It would really be great if Miller could step up this coming season and be a big part of the Texans’ offense. But I’m not sure that’s fair to expect right now.
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As good as Miller was during his final season at Ohio State, that was his first and only season in college where he played wide receiver.
So Miller is only going into his third straight year of being a full time wide receiver.
As much as I would love to believe that Miller will take a big step forward this year, I have to temper my expectations a little bit and I think others should as well.
The one thing that Miller has in his favor is that he has new wide receivers coach Wes Welker in his corner to help him develop as a slot receiver.
Comment below and tell us what kind of season you think Miller will have in 2017.