When Braxton Miller made the switch from quarterback to wide receiver while at Ohio State following multiple shoulder injuries, he couldn’t have done it under a much better mentor cheap authentic jerseys.
Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer had made famous the H-Back, or hybrid, position during his time at Florida. While this role required some running back skills, or mobile quarterback in Miller’s case, a lot of what is necessary of the H-Back is playing out of the slot.
Miller finished his senior season at OSU with 25 receptions for 340 yards and three receiving touchdowns and became a third-round selection by the Houston Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft.
As the third receiver in the Texas offense as a rookie, Miller performed well with 15 receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown in an injury-shortened debut year.
Fully healthy, Miller is primed for an even better second season and may have found an even better coach than Meyer when it comes to playing in the slot in former New England Patriot wideout Wes Welker.
“So the role he played is the type of role I’m playing in this offense,” Miller recently told reporters of working with Welker. “So it’s a great opportunity for me to learn from one of the greatest slot players to play the game, especially in this type of system.”
Over a 12-year NFL career, Welker caught 903 passes for 9,924 yards and 50 touchdowns. The diminutive pass catcher was a five-time Pro Bowler, led the league in receptions three times and thrice played in the Super Bowl.
Perhaps the most successful stretch of Welker’s career came during his time with the Patriots between 2007 and 2012 when he registered 100 or more catches and 1,100-plus yards per season every year but 2010 while working with Bill O’Brien in various roles. O’Brien is now the head coach in Houston and running an offense in which Welker is clearly comfortable.
Miller is rather familiar with Welker’s achievements and is using his presence to help further his own young career.
“I’m always in his ear, bugging him,” Miller explained. “As you can see, after practice I was asking him all types of questions. What did he see that I did wrong today?
“He’s always correcting what I did wrong. Just go out there the next play and just fix it, go all out.”
After learning the Houston offense in year one, Miller is feeling more comfortable in his second go round with OTAs.
“Yeah, for sure,” he admitted. “I especially know where I’m lining up at, the plays. It makes a big difference from year one to year two.
“I feel good. Just learning plays, the formations, my role as a receiver here and as a teammate. It’s a big opportunity so you’ve just got to come out here and execute every time when you get the chance.”
Because of his freakish athleticism and rare abilities, it’s sometimes hard to remember that Miller is entering only his third year playing receiver. Despite that, he’s one of the exciting young slot players in the NFL and big things are expected of him from the Texans.
With a former player like Welker to work with, Miller’s expectations are high too as he begins to see how he can fit in this NFL offense.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Especially with Wes being her too. He teaches me a lot in that slot position. Outside too.”