Miller gained 41 yards rushing on 15 carries and added another 40 yards receiving on three catches in a 33-17 win over Cleveland in Week 6. Miller's 18 touches are right on his per-game average this season, but down from last season. With the emergence of quarterback Deshaun Watson and D'Onta Foreman's expanding role (12 carries for 59 yards), there's been a squeeze on Miller's opportunities. Miller is no longer the most important offensive weapon. He hasn't scored a touchdown in five of six games. Next up for Houston is its bye week, then a Week 8 game in Seattle. Miller could return to last season's form against the Seahawks, who have been better against the pass than the run.
Miller had 15 carries for 74 yards and added another 15 yards on two receptions in the Texans' 42-34 loss to the Chiefs in Week 5. The Texans have become more comfortable throwing the ball since Deshaun Watson emerged as the starting quarterback, but Miller is still very much involved as both a runner and receiver. Miller is averaging 19 touches and 93 yards per game through the first five weeks.
Miller's 10 catches and 120 receiving yards are second on the Texans through four games. The Texans have limited Miller's overall touches thus far in 2017 -- his 78 carries and receptions through four games is down from 106 at this time last season -- but he continues to be a vital part of the passing attack. With the emergence of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, Miller should get plenty of work as a receiver, though perhaps not this coming Sunday. Houston's Week 5 opponent, the Chiefs, rank second having allowed just 23.3 receiving yards per game to running backs this year.
Miller rushed for 75 yards and a score on 19 carries and caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 57-14 win over the Titans. Miller got the Texans rolling early with a two-yard option pitch for a score, a play that would have been inconceivable with Tom Savage at quarterback. An ineffective passing attack has enabled teams to key on stopping Miller since his arrival in Houston last season. Now, not only is Watson giving the Texans credibility through the air, but his running ability keeps defenses honest, giving Miller more room to work. Consequently, look for Miller's production to rise as Watson adjusts quickly to the pro game.
Miller rushed 14 times for 56 yards and caught his lone target for seven more in Sunday's 36-33 loss to the Patriots. Miller saw a limited workload with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson putting the majority of the offensive workload on his shoulders with 301 passing yards and 41 more on the ground. The 26-year-old running back's season has gotten off to a forgettable start, as he's averaging just 3.7 yards per carry and is yet to get into the end zone through three games.
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|14||12/10||San Francisco 49ers||31||21.67|
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