4. Braxton Miller, Wide Receiver
What are your thoughts on former third-round selection Braxton Miller and his first two seasons with the Houston Texans? Miller hasn’t played a full season yet since joining Houston back in 2016, after going from a quarterback for most of his collegiate career to a wide receiver in his final season at Ohio State.
Miller is coming off a season in 2017 where he played in 11 games, making 19 receptions for 162 yards and scoring just one receiving touchdown. In his first season with the Texans back in ’16, Miller played in 10 games where he had 15 receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown.
The third-year Texans wide receiver has also returned some punts and kickoffs since being drafted, but he’s not excelled at that, either. Don’t get this wrong, Miller is an excellent athlete and has some NFL-quality abilities, but the question for him is this: Is Miller progressing enough to stay on an NFL roster or at least the Texans’ wide receiver depth chart?
This preseason, Miller has a total of six receptions for 68 yards, with a 15-yard reception against the San Francisco 49ers. In that second preseason game, Miller had three receptions for 40 yards, and in the first preseason game, Miller caught three passes for 28 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Though Miller seems to be having an good preseason with those six receptions and he’s getting targets, it still is not a given he stays with the Texans once the final cuts are made. A lot will come down to how he plays in the final two preseason games and if the coaches believe he’s improving enough compared to not just what he’s done his first two seasons, but how good he is compared to the rest of his teammates he’s competing with as well.