Just over two months after trading for him and just three days after he played three-quarters of their offensive snaps, the Texans have released wide receiver Anthony Miller, as first reported by Aaron Wilson. A former second-round pick of the Bears, Miller joined Houston in late July as part of a swap of draft picks, and he scored the team's only touchdown in his Week 3 debut against the Panthers. Miller logged just one catch on Sunday in a 40-0 loss to the Bills, however, and is now on the open market.
The 26-year-old pass catcher flashed as a slot receiver in Chicago, scoring seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2018 and logging 52 catches for 656 yards the following year. He averaged just 9.9 yards per reception in 2020, however, before falling on the depth chart this summer. Joining Brandin Cooks in Houston, he served as one of the Texans' most experienced wideouts, but hauled in just one of five targets against the Bills in Week 4, his first official start of the year.
Where could he be headed next? Here are some logical landing spots:
With Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler on the sidelines, they could use some depth out wide. Vic Fangio also coached against Miller in Chicago, where the veteran had flashes. Out of the slot, he could eventually make for a low-risk outlet for Teddy Bridgewater.
Baker Mayfield has struggled in recent weeks, and that's coincided with Jarvis Landry's absence in the slot. Landry will be back eventually, but they could still use insurance out wide to balance Kevin Stefanski's offense.
Zach Pascal has provided some occasional pop this year, but with T.Y. Hilton sidelined and not a ton of production elsewhere at receiver, why wouldn't Indy take a chance here, giving Carson Wentz another option in the passing game?
They've got some extra cash now that Stephon Gilmore is off the books, and they're always eager to take chances on discarded vets. More than that, even with Kendrick Bourne finding targets lately, they could stand to give Mac Jones another option.
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