Miller was activated for Week 10 and lined up at quarterback on some Wildcat-style plays during Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.
Miller was activated for just the third time in the last six games, but was not targeted. The Texans have often talked about using Miller in various roles, but outside of an occasional end-around, we haven't seen much of that versatility. The former Ohio State quarterback was utilized as a change of pace on a few plays, but the Rams were not fooled. As for Miller's primary job as a wideout, he could see a boost in opportunities, depending on how Will Fuller's rib injury shakes out this week.
Miller (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Miller had logged a combined 10 offensive snaps over the Texans' last two games, so his inclusion on the inactive list Sunday doesn't come out of nowhere. Chris Thompson, who plays a more significant role on special teams than Miller, will thus step in as the Texans' No. 4 wideout for the day.
Miller, who did a forward flip after scoring a touchdown in Week 6, did not get positive reviews from head coach Bill O'Brien for the celebration, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Yeah, I did not like the flip," O'Brien said Monday. "Just score, hand the ball to the official would be my advice to him."
O'Brien may not curtail Miller's playing time because of the celebration, but it was clearly a message delivered by the coach, who would like to see more growth from Miller. "I think he can add some things to our offense," O'Brien said. "Just continue to work and improve in the classroom and on special teams and he'll get more reps on offense." Miller remains fourth on the wideout depth chart, but as a third-round draft pick in 2016, the Texans have more invested in him than Bruce Ellington, the current No. 3 receiver.
Miller caught both of his targets and scored on a one-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's 33-17 win over the Browns.
Miller, who had been a healthy scratch the last two weeks, was a distant fourth in terms of snap count (seven of 66 offensive snaps) and finished with minus-5 receiving yards. The touchdown reception was a glorified handoff, as quarterback Deshaun Watson shoveled him the ball as he came in motion. When the Texans are operating their standard offense, Miller's not a regular target.
Miller, who has been a healthy scratch for the last two games, still has the confidence of head coach Bill O'Brien, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "He'll be back in there at some point," O'Brien said. "I think that he'll have a chance to help us win games here, whether it's this week or next week or whenever. I haven't lost any confidence in him."
This sounds like a bit of coach-speak from O'Brien, who wasn't impressed with Miller's three catches on eight targets for 25 yards over the first three weeks as a fill-in when Will Fuller (shoulder) was sidelined. Miller has been on the sidelines since Fuller returned in Week 4 and, at the moment, there isn't a spot for him with Bruce Ellington playing well and Chris Thompson needed for kickoff returns.
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