It was clear that when Braxton Miller arrived to the Houston Texans, that Houston was exactly where he wanted to be. The Texans went to Columbus, Ohio to get a better look at Miller and he liked what Bill O’Brien and George Godsey said to him when he met with them during the draft process. Those words helped lead him to one conclusion: he wanted to be in Houston.
Shortly after he was drafted by the Texans in the third round, Miller made it clear he felt he belonged here, with this team.
“Me and coach Bill O’Brien have a couple historic moments together when he used to coach at Penn State,” said Miller shortly after being drafted. “Coach (Mike) Vrabel is a coach out there and my former teammate, John Simon. It’s a lovely place to be, too. They need offensive playmakers like me. That’s one place I really looked at and I really wanted to go to.”
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Miller’s pedigree is well documented and he was very clear on what Urban Meyer did for him at Ohio State over his career.
“You know, Coach (Urban) Meyer, he was on me everyday. Especially when I changed my position he was kinda upset about it when I told him I wanted to play receiver,” Miller said with a smile. “He was on me everyday to watch film and any mistake, he was on it. It is all about learning from the best.”
Learning from the best is what makes Miller the player he is today, the pressure put on him by Meyer to push him to greater heights. That foundation put him into position to pick up on what the Texans wanted him to do at the NFL level. Miller is solidifying his role with the Texans for this coming season and he credits the coaching that wide receiver coach Sean Ryan has given him, Godsey putting him in position to succeed in the offense, and, most importantly, watching DeAndre Hopkins work every day.
“It is important, some guys really do not get that chance wherever they get drafted to,” said Miller on learning from one of the best in the NFL of Hopkins. “They want someone they have been watching in college. I have been watching him (Hopkins) in college. Coming here watching him and learning from him everyday boosts me up.”
With the end of the preseason closing in, Miller is set to be the Texans starting slot wide receiver in week one against the Chicago Bears.