Miller was the first player coach Doug Pederson mentioned when he was asked Tuesday about the team's depth at wide receiver, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
It's a bit early to reach any conclusions, but it isn't crazy to think Miller could enter a competition with Shelton Gibson and Mack Hollins for the No. 4 job at wide receiver. The 2016 third-round had just 261 receiving yards on 805 offensive snaps in two seasons with Houston and then spent most of 2018 on the Philadelphia practice squad.
Miller signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles on Monday.
Miller signed with the Eagles practice squad back in early September, and the team appears as though they want to give him a shot at the 53-man roster throughout the offseason and training camp. The receiver last played for the Texans in 2017, hauling in 19 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown over 11 games.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said the team is "working through some things" in response to a question about Miller being released.
O'Brien addressed several topics after a slew of roster cuts came down Friday and made it sound like Miller could be back in the fold. "I don't know what's being instagrammed out there, tweeted out there, whatever - I'm not sure how that all works. But, we're still working through some things, Braxton's an improved player, no doubt about it and we'll see what happens." We were surprised that Houston let Miller go, as he's performed well in preseason games.
Miller was waived by the Texans on Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Miller simply never panned out after the Texans used a 2016 third-round pick to gamble on the former Ohio State quarterback -- with the intention of converting him to a receiver. Entering the 2018 campaign, the hope was that Miller would separate himself as a quality slot receiver, but Bruce Ellington was much more impressive in that capacity this preseason. While his time is now over in Houston, Miller still boasts elite athleticism and stands to have decent odds of being claimed off waivers by another team.
Miller started at wide receiver in place of the injured Will Fuller (hamstring) in Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams.
Fuller came up lame late in the practice week and was scratched from the game. Miller was targeted a team-high five times, catching three for 26 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown. He was particularly impressive on the touchdown catch, grabbing a 50-50 ball in a crowd. "That was a nice play," coach Bill O'Brien told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. "I think the guy on the outside might have run the wrong route and they both ended up in the same spot. Usually, we don't design routes where guys run to the same spot and jump in the air. But Braxton came down with it and it was a really nice play." Miller is competing for the top slot receiver, but was given some opportunities outside the numbers Saturday. He leads the team with nine catches and 94 yards during the preseason.