Last year at Ohio State, Braxton Miller started his transition from quarterback to receiver. And he looked good enough in college for the Houston Texans to pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He still has a ways to go in order to do the job at the NFL level as a pass catcher.
But the Texans like his progress and the way he’s going about it right now. The team believes that he has embraced the challenge. Receivers coach Sean Ryan is especially a fan of Miller from his conversation with the Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
He said “I think the thing with him is he works at it, he wants to pick things up. He want’s to be good. I think he’s got a little chip on his shoulder understanding that there were some people out there that thought there would be this large learning curve for him and weren’t sure about him being a receiver.”
Many could be getting that from fellow former Ohio State and quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s struggles with the transition despite his physical attributes being made for the position. But you have to factor in that Miller started his transition while still at Ohio State.
Pryor waited until his NFL career appeared hopeless at the quarterback position to give receiver a try. But Miller decided before turning pro that he would make himself available at any position. Kick returner and Wildcat quarterback are also among his possibilities for the Texans.
Miller said of playing all of the different roles, “If I’m back there returning and I’m going back on offense, that’s a cheat code,” Miller said. “That’s a way to get the ball in a playmaker’s hands. I’m available no matter what they want me to do.”
We’ll soon see if Miller can become that all-round NFL playmaker!