With a full NFL season under their belt, rookies often make a leap from Year 1 to Year 2. Braxton Miller hopes to do the same. The second-year wide receiver has spent the offseason understanding the game from a different perspective.
"I was talking to Braxton the other day and the thing that really helped C.J. Fiedorowicz last year was recognition of coverages," wide receivers coach John Perry said June 7. "That's what I've been really trying to spend a lot of time with Braxton on. I think that's going to be – it's much different when you're under center recognizing coverages as opposed to being out wide and recognizing coverages. When he knows who he has to beat, he's very good, but he has to keep working on that coverage aspect of it. You'll see a lot more improvement there."
Miller ended his rookie season on injured reserve, but made a healthy return for this offseason's OTAs and minicamp. The 24-year-old quarterback-turned-receiver can add versatility to the offense, offering options in the slot or as an outside receiver, according to Perry. He has delved deeper into the playbook this offseason to better understand not only his role, but all the positions, including on the defense.
"It helped a lot," Miller said on Texans Radio. "You know, your route is determined on the coverage they play so if you don't know the coverage, it's a slim-to-none chance that you get the ball. So before the play gets started, get lined up, you got to know the coverage, know the alignments, the indicators that give you the type of rotation that they are going to give you, so it plays a big part."
Texans players report back to NRG Stadium for training camp next month. The Houston Texans Training Camp presented by XFINITY will begin on Wednesday, July 26. The 2017 training camp marks the first time in franchise history that the Texans will hold camp outside of the city of Houston.
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