Miller had eight carries for 37 yards in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Colts. For the second consecutive week, Miller had fewer touches than backup Alfred Blue, but given the current state of the Texans' season, we don't see this as anything other than Houston taking it easy on Miller. The 26-year-old back finished with 888 yards and a career-low 3.7 yards per carry. The offensive line had problems generating holes for him all season, but that wasn't a problem when Deshaun Watson (knee) was healthy. In the seven games Watson played, Miller averaged 89 yards from scrimmage and scored four touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving). Over the final nine games without the rookie quarterback, he averaged 66 yards and scored twice. The offense in 2018 should revolve around Watson and the passing game, which will lead to more production out of Miller.
Miller rushed 10 times for 55 yards while catching his lone target for 10 more yards in Monday's 34-6 loss to the Steelers. Miller topped 5.0 yards per carry for only the third time this season, but he was outplayed by Alfred Blue, who averaged 6.8 yards per attempt on his 16 rushes for a total of 108 yards. The two running backs will likely split work in next week's finale against the Colts, though it's worth noting Miller is the superior pass catcher between them. Miller has produced between 51 and 61 yards on the ground in 10 of 15 games this season, so don't be surprised if he falls in that range again in Indianapolis.
Miller carried nine times for 32 yards and caught two of four targets for one additional yard during Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Jaguars. Miller managed just 3.6 yards per carry against a stout Jaguars front and was a virtual non-factor in the passing game. He recorded his lowest marks of touches and scrimmage yards on the season, in part due to the lopsided nature of the contest. Miller's weekly ceiling for production is seemingly shrinking as the offense continues to sputter, making him a risky play next week against the Steelers in a game the Texans are expected to trail.
Miller (knee) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Miller's practice reps were capped Wednesday and Thursday, but it seems that was done for maintenance-related reasons than out of legitimate concern about the running back's health heading into the Week 15 matchup. With T.J. Yates set to make his first start of the season Sunday, the Texans may try to get Miller and the ground game going early in Jacksonville, but the 26-year-old may struggle to find success on that front after managing only 3.8 yards per carry against the Jaguars in Week 1.
Miller (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday. Miller's ability to practice both Wednesday and Thursday, albeit in a limited fashion, presumably puts him on track to play Sunday against the Jaguars, though we'll have to see if the Texans' top back heads into that contest listed as questionable, or absent from the team's final Week 15 injury report.
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