Player #3: Braxton Miller
For the former collegiate quarterback out of Ohio State that has tried to transition himself to a wide receiver at the professional level, it has been a rough go for Braxton Miller. Miller was too part of the “speedy-themed” NFL Draft of 2016 but similar to Ervin’s fate, he hasn’t been able to stay on the field enough to make an impression.
However, for the first time in his career, Miller is being challenged and is in serious danger of being cut from this team. Miller is used to being the best and the cream of the crop but life in the NFL comes at you fast as he’s stacking himself up with incredible competition that he’s never faced
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Sammie Coates was signed in the off season and he has been nothing short of an eye-opener for the Houston Texans. Despite him recovering from a concussion that he sustained in the first-half of last week’s game against the Niners, Coates is a shoo-in to make this team.
Coates has a overall offensive grade of a 71.9 for the preseason so far with a 61.3 run block grade when he’s doing work on special teams. He has 64.7 special teams overall grade.
In contrast, Miller has 67.4 overall offensive grade, 73.1 run block and a 60.0 on special teams.
To the trained eye, these two are in a dead heat to try to win a roster spot on this team. Is it possible to witness a scenario for these two to co-exist? It’s possible but it’s not likely.
If it isn’t one thing it was another with his injuries. Each time I watch him go up for a catch and if he takes just an extra millisecond to get back up, I cringe because I wonder if it’s going to be another season without him.
And Houston Texans fans — it’s nice that you think that Miller has QB experience, giving him an edge being the team’s emergency QB but that dog doesn’t hunt anymore. The shoulder injury that railroaded the rest of this career for the Buckeyes prevents him from throwing the football on a regular basis. He simply cannot throw like he used to but I imagine he could be effective in small doses.
This is one of the more intriguing position battles of the preseason and it’ll be interesting to see what the Houston Texans decide to do with Miller, who has had the opportunities to excel but just can’t stay healthy. We’ll see about this one.
So these are my three guys that are on the bubble. Do you agree? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below.