Who will step up after Will Fuller’s injury?

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16: Jaelen Strong
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16: Jaelen Strong /

The Houston Texans are looking for options at wide receiver after Will Fuller’s recent injury.

The Houston Texans have lost their second wide receiver to injury in training camp. Deante Gray tore his ACL and Will Fuller broke his collarbone during practice.

The Texans have no proven option at wide receiver after DeAndre Hopkins. The Houston Texans have promising players that they hope can pan out.

Braxton Miller

Former Ohio State football sensation, Braxton Miller was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2016.

He has the athleticism to play in the slot and cause nightmares to defenders trying to cover him.

Although injuries and Jaelen Strong being a more polished wide receiver impeded his development in 2016.

Miller has to develop the intermediate routes in his game and continue to learn the playbook.

Miller is the most athletic and elusive option at slot receiver. He offers more finesse than brute strength in the slot.

If he isn’t making defenders miss at the line of scrimmage, he won’t offer much at this early stage in his career.

Miller has a long ways to go as a receiver, and there have been questions about his health in the past.

Although there are obvious expectations that Miller can expand his game under the tutelage of new assistant coach Wes Welker.

Jaelen Strong

Moved to the slot after Fuller was drafted, Strong showed some promise in his second NFL season.

He is a physical receiver at 6-foot-2, with the strength to bang with opposing linebackers. He is a mismatch and a better blocker than Miller as a receiver.

Although Strong also has the speed and ability to get open in tight coverage, his 42 inch vertical helps him high point the football and make difficult contested catches.

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Fuller’s unfortunate injury will move Strong to the outside, opposite of DeAndre Hopkins which will allow Miller to see more snaps in the slot.

Both Miller and Strong have a golden opportunity with Fuller’s absence to acquire more targets and showcase their ability on the field.