Anthony Miller

Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #17
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #17
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Ends up in Pittsburgh

Miller was signed to the Steelers' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: After being brought in for a physical Tuesday, Miller was officially added to the practice squad. He was able to reel in 49 catches for 485 yards and 2 touchdowns last season with the Bears, but only had five receptions for 23 yards and a score with the Texans in 2021 before being released Oct. 6. With JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) likely out for the remainder of the season, Miller could prove to be a valuable addition for Pittsburgh.

Oct 12, 2021 4:09 PM EST


Could join Steelers

The Steelers plan to bring Miller in for a physical Tuesday, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Previous reports suggested that Miller was expected to join the Jaguars' practice squad, but with JuJu Smith-Schuster facing shoulder surgery and an extended absence, there could be a more immediate path to playing time for Miller in Pittsburgh. The team's top two healthy receivers are Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, with James Washington currently dealing with a groin injury.

Oct 11, 2021 2:51 PM EST



Getting chance on practice squad

The Jaguars are expected to sign Miller to the practice squad Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Miller was cut by the Texans just last week, after having appeared in two games for the team and secured five of 11 targets for 23 yards and a score. The Jaguars may feel motivated to surround rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence with more talent now that playmakers DJ Chark (ankle) and Travis Etienne (foot) are both out of commission, but Miller hasn't exactly proven to be a reliable playmaker in recent years. A 2018 second-round pick, Miller impressed with seven touchdowns as a rookie but has scored just five times since then.

Oct 11, 2021 7:15 AM EST


Time over in Houston

The Texans plan to cut Miller on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Houston will move on from Miller just over two months after acquiring him from Chicago along with a 2022 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2022 fifth-round pick. After dislocating a shoulder in the preseason, Miller was cleared from the injury report prior to Week 1, but was still inactive for the Texans' first two contests in coach's decisions. He reclaimed starting duties out of the slot in Houston's subsequent two contests, but Miller proved to be an unreliable safety valve for rookie quarterback Davis Mills, hauling in five of 11 targets for 23 yards and a touchdown between losses to the Panthers and Bills. The Texans' decision to cut Miller likely hints that the team expects top slot receiver Danny Amendola (thigh) to return to action Week 5 versus New England.

Oct 6, 2021 7:38 AM EST


Production drop off due to QB

Miller caught one of five targets for three yards in Sunday's 40-0 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: One week after scoring a touchdown in his season debut, Miller was not on the same page with rookie quarterback Davis Mills, who did not have a good games. He threw four interceptions and completed just 11 of 21 attempts. That's not a recipe for productive wideouts. The good news is that Miller is a top target in the offense -- 11 targets the last two weeks -- behind only Brandin Cooks.

Oct 4, 2021 6:38 AM EST



Finds end zone in loss

Miller secured four of six targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 24-9 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night.

Analysis: Miller's one-yard touchdown reception on a quick slant in the second quarter was the highlight of the contest for the Davis Mills-led Texans offense. The 2018 second-round pick was seeing his first action of the season due to Danny Amendola's (thigh) absence, and Miller finished tied with Jordan Akins for second-most catches on the team for the night. It remains to be seen if Miller, a healthy scratch over the first two games of the season, will be able to garner active status in Week 4 against the Bills.

Sep 23, 2021 8:59 PM EST


Suiting up Thursday

Miller is active for Thursday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: With Danny Amendola (thigh) sidelined, there's an opportunity for Miller to earn snaps in the slot in his first action for the Texans. Miller has been a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season, but he'll also be on the receiving end of passes from third-round rookie Davis Mills, so it remains to be seen what kind of chemistry the two may have.

Sep 23, 2021 3:58 PM EST


Could have opportunity Thursday

Miller could see opportunities on offense in his team debut against the Panthers on Thursday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Miller was listed as a healthy scratch during Houston's first two games of the 2021 season, but the fact that he dealt with a dislocated shoulder during the preseason may have played a part in those decisions. Now, with Danny Amendola (thigh) ruled out and Nico Collins (shoulder) on IR, there could be an opportunity for Miller to immediately slot into a significant offensive role behind Brandin Cooks and Chris Conley. With Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) also now on IR, whatever targets Miller does see will come at the hands of rookie third-round pick Davis Mills.

Sep 22, 2021 2:34 PM EST


Will make team debut Thursday

Texans head coach David Culley said Miller will be active for Thursday's game against the Panthers, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Miller was inactive for the Texans' first two games of the season in coach's decision, but a dislocated shoulder suffered in Houston's preseason opener may have factored into him being scratched to some degree. Regardless, Miller is apparently healthy now, and he'll have the opportunity to stake his claim to a regular lineup spot with Houston with rookie wideout Nico Collins (shoulder) already ruled out for Week 3 and veteran slot man Danny Amendola (hamstring) considered unlikely to play. Miller is the top candidate to replace Amendola in the slot, and if Miller can quickly demonstrate a rapport with rookie signal-caller Davis Mills, he could remain ahead of Amendola in the pecking order heading into Week 4.

Sep 21, 2021 9:00 AM EST


Another healthy scratch

Miller is a healthy scratch for the second consecutive week Sunday at Cleveland.

Analysis: It appears that Miller's absence is once again not injury-related, with the former second-round pick simply finding himself too low on the depth chart to make the active roster. Look for Brandin Cooks, Nico Collins, Chris Conley and Danny Amendola to be the four primary wideouts used, with a fair share of two-TE sets as well.

Sep 19, 2021 9:18 AM EST


Not expected to play Sunday

Miller is expected to be inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Wilson reiterated that Miller's shoulder, which he dislocated in the first preseason game against Green Bay, is fine, and the 26-year-old wideout will simply be a healthy scratch. Brandin Cooks, Chris Conley, Danny Amendola and Nico Collins will operate as the top wideouts for Tyrod Taylor on Sunday.

Sep 18, 2021 9:29 PM EST


Expected to return for Week 2

Miller (coach's decision) is expected to return for Sunday's Week 2 matchup against the Browns, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Although Miller suffered a dislocated shoulder in the Texans' preseason opener, he wasn't on the team's injury report ahead of the team's Week 1 matchup, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. However, he was still held out during the win over the Jaguars. Coach David Culley said Monday that Miller likely could have suited up in Week 1, but the team wanted to preserve his long-term health. Assuming he's active against Cleveland, the 26-year-old will attempt to carve out a role with his new team.

Sep 13, 2021 8:24 AM EST


Inactive Sunday

Miller is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Miller wasn't listed on the Texans' final Week 1 injury report, but he's coming back from a shoulder injury and will sit this one out. In his absence, Brandin Cooks, Chris Conley, Nico Collins and Danny Amendola are line to handle the team's WR duties Sunday.

Sep 12, 2021 8:54 AM EST


Fine for Week 1

Miller (shoulder) isn't listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against Jacksonville, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Miller has a lengthy history of shoulder issues, most recently suffering a dislocation in Houston's preseason opener. He'll make it back for Week 1 and could even see regular snaps as the third/slot receiver, but a Texans offense led by QB Tyrod Taylor isn't likely to generate big numbers for its pass catchers.

Sep 8, 2021 1:52 PM EST


Back at practice

Miller (shoulder) was present for Monday's practice, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: This marks the first practice for Miller since he dislocated his shoulder last month. As for the wide receiver's chances of suiting up for Sunday's season opener against the Jaguars, coach David Culley noted "we'll know more about that on Wednesday," Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports. Once he's cleared to play, Miller has a chance to claim a key role in a Houston wideout corps that also includes Brandin Cooks, Chris Conley and Nico Collins.

Sep 6, 2021 9:17 AM EST


Expected to play at some point

Houston general manager Nick Caserio said Miller (shoulder) is expected "to play at some point this season," Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Caserio said Miller is making progress in his rehab but more information is needed before a decision can be made about the slot receiver returning to game action. It's hard to get a read on this situation. The Texans opted not to keep Keke Coutee or Alex Erickson, two slot receivers who competed for a role with Miller, which implies more hope for Miller than Caserio's comments imply.

Sep 1, 2021 7:42 PM EST


May return Week 1 or 2

An MRI revealed no structural damage in Miller's dislocated right shoulder, which could allow the wide receiver to return as soon as Week 1 or 2, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: The injury was described as "slight" by coach David Culley following Saturday's preseason win at Green Bay, but his tone was a bit different Monday afternoon, when he told Aaron Reiss of The Athletic that he was "hopeful" Miller will play again this season. The prognosis finally has some clarity following the MRI, but it appears Miller is set for an absence of some sort to begin the coming campaign. In any case, Keke Coutee has a clearer path to be the Texans' top option in the slot out of the gate.

Aug 16, 2021 3:42 PM EST


Facing long absence?

Coach David Culley said he's hopeful Miller (shoulder) will play this season, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The comment seems to hint at concern about a long-term absence, which makes sense given Miller's worrisome history of shoulder dislocations. Culley called it a "slight dislocation" after Saturday's preseason game, but the update Monday sounded less optimistic. Miller and Keke Coutee seem to be competing for slot snaps in Houston.

Aug 16, 2021 1:07 PM EST


Heads to locker room on cart

Miller was carted to the locker room, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports, after leaving Saturday's game with an apparent injury.

Analysis: Miller was able to make it off the field after appearing to experience some sort of upper-body injury in the third quarter, but he needed help to the locker room, which suggests some reason for concern. Miller's status will be updated again when more details are released.

Aug 14, 2021 7:25 PM EST


Listed second on depth chart

Miller is listed as second on the unofficial depth chart behind Brandin Cooks, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Both Miller and Keke Coutee appear as wide receivers on the depth chart, as the Texans did not indicate a branch for slot receivers. They are primarily slot receivers, so showing up second at wideout on the chart should not mean much. One of the two will be the primary slot receiver when Houston goes three wide.

Aug 11, 2021 4:14 PM EST


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