Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – During the draft this offseason the Houston Texans made a big investment in the receiving core. They took Will Fuller in the first round and they also used a third rounder to pick up Braxton Miller.
Fuller this year came on strong and had a good start to the season racking up 372 receiving yards, good enough for the most among rookies in the AFC. While Fuller has had success, the Texans third-round pick has not had the same such luck so far this season.
Coming from Ohio State where he spent most of his career as a quarterback, wide receiver is still something fairly new to him.
“Coming in as a rookie, learning all the positions, it gets tough at times,” Braxton Miller said. “But I’m striving to be the best that I can be.”
It’s been hard for Miller to be able to showcase his game-changing playmaking ability. On top of continuing to learn the position of wide receiver, he’s was slowed by injury, and he was also competing for catches with guys ahead of him on the depth chart.
Now with Jaelen Strong out for the next month, the list of guys Miller has to fight with for catches is shrinking.
“Regardless of who’s in there or who’s not in there, I think Braxton will have an opportunity to take that step,” head coach Bill O’Brien said.
Before the break, in the game with the Detriot Lions Miller did show a taste of what he might be able to bring.
He didn’t go off for 100 yards and a touchdown, but he did showcase a few moves. On a 3rd and 15, Brock Osweiler tossed Miller a simple pass, it wasn’t supposed to go for more than 2-3 yards, but after a few jukes and broken tackles he had picked up 12 yards and nearly given the team a first down.
“I think that Braxton has taken steps to improve,” O’Brien said. “I think he’s had a really good week of practice.”
It may have taken eight games, but Miller could be on the cusp of finally breaking out.
“Whenever my time comes, whenever the ball comes my way, just make the best of it,” Miller modestly said of the opportunity now in front of him.