Each NFL season, every team has a player that bears a little added attention. So which performer could turn the corner for the Houston Texans in ’17?
Welcome to yet another 32-team series from End Zone Score. In recent months, we took the time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers.
Every NFL season features players that come into their own after a slow start to their careers. It’s tough to tell when each performer’s coming-put party will take place. Some are immediate successes. Others take longer due to numerous circumstances, but they prove to be worth the wait. Here we will try and pinpoint a player from each team in the league that we feel is on the verge of putting it altogether.
Let’s be honest. We really didn’t get to see a lot out of the former Ohio State standout during his rookie season. One time quarterback/turned wide receiver Braxton Miller played in only 10 games and made just six starts. He was targeted 28 times and caught 15 passes for 99 yards and one touchdown. Those numbers sound like an off-day for Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones or Antonio Brown.
Of course, what was really off this past season was the Houston Texans passing attack. Led by Brock Osweiler and eventually Tom Savage, it produced only 15 scores through the air. Now Osweiler is a member of the Cleveland Browns while Savage is currently ahead of 2017 first-round pick Deshaun Watson on the depth chart of Bill O’Brien‘s club.
So why Miller as an up-and-coming performer? Despite spending the stretch run of his debut campaign on injured reserve, it proved to be an educational experience for the former Buckeye.
“I learned a lot,” said the exceptional athlete to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “It’s just learning the little small details about getting separation, how to run your route, the little teaching techniques. I’m going to come back in 2017 and turn it up to another level.
“I just want to make sure my body is in line for the coming season,” added Miller. “Eat healthy, make sure I’m on the right workout plan, enhance the things I already know and be a better player.”
The Houston Texans feature big-play threats on the outside in DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. You can look for their numbers to be better this season. Meanwhile, don’t be shocked if Braxton Miller more than triples his production in 2016 from his slot position.