DeAndre Hopkins has been vocal about the help that new offensive coach Wes Welker has brought to the Houston Texans wide receiver corps. Braxton Miller also appreciates the resource he has at his disposal for the upcoming season in Welker. The team remains high on their slot wide receiver for the near future. This was made clear in 2016 with the resources the team put into Miller during the draft process, and when the Texans subsequently inserted him into the starting slot role during week one of last season. Now back on the field for OTAs, Miller is back to playing football while fine tuning his role in the Texans offense along with the help of Welker
“The role he (Welker) played is the type of role I am playing in this offense. This is a great opportunity for me to learn from one of the greatest slot players to play in the game, especially in this type of system. I am always in his ear bugging him,” Miller said regarding how Welker is influencing him.
Miller makes sure he gets critiqued. From how well he runs his routes to his release into the route and his decision making process due to the amount of thinking needed from the slot position, Miller seeks feedback on how to improve. Miller is all ears and wants to be pushed by Welker. It is clear after every rep he takes on the field.
“After every play, he always correcting what I did wrong," Miller said.
It was a steep learning curve for one of the top players in Ohio State football history as he made a position change with the Texans. His rookie season saw Miller haul in 15 receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown. That season was cut short in Green Bay due to a shoulder injury which occurred during a tackle. While injured, Miller took in meetings and watched the offense operate without him. That time let him learn his position even further. Miller is much more confident in his role with the team and how to handle the offense in his second season.
“I especially know where I am lining up at, plays makes a big difference from year one to year two,” Miller said of his early work on the field. “I feel good, learning plays, the formations, my role as a receiver here and as a teammate. It is a big opportunity. I just have to come out here and execute every time I get a chance.”
Miller is just glad to be back on the grass after ending last season on the injured reserve list due to that shoulder injury.
“You know being out half of the season last year and coming out here making a statement, it feels good to be out here with my teammates,” Miller stated.
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