Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans this Sunday will be getting a player-maker back on the field. Rookie wide receiver Braxton Miller after missing a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury will be active and play against the Minnastaoa Vikings.
Miller has played in two games this season but has yet to make a big impact on the field. So far he’s been able to snag two catches for nine yards, despite being targeted six times including having a chance at a touchdown in the week two game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The rookie wide receiver has yet to make a very big impact on offense, but there still could a way for him to contribute while he keeps getting worked back into the passing game.
This season the Texans special teams have been a little bland. The biggest play of the year came from fellow rookie Will Fuller who ran back a punt against the Tennessee Titans for a 67-yard touchdown.
Tyler Ervin who the team spent a 2016 fourth round draft pick on has been less than impressive to start his career. Ervin’s average of 6.44 yards a punt return is one of the lowest in the NFL.
Miller is listed on the Texans unofficial depth chart as the backup returner and it could be something he will start to get a crack at now that he’s healthy.
“Wherever coach feels like he needs to put me I’ll make the best of it,” Braxton Miller told SportsRadio 610 when asked about playing special teams, “I came here to be a player maker, so where ever the ball is at I’m going to go get, put it in (my) vicinity and I’ll make plays.”
Since Miller has been out, the team has used both Fuller and Charles James in some aspect of the return game. While one worked out – Fuller’s TD – the other one did not – James returned one kick and fumbled away the ball.
No telling if Miller will get a chance to return kicks or punts this Sunday but the coaching staff could sure use his explosiveness.