|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 218 lb.|
|Born:||April 25, 1991|
|Drafted:||2012 / Rd. 4 (97)|
Miller (knee) posted a video Thursday that shows him sprinting and going through agility drills.
Analysis: The 29-year-old running back suffered a torn ACL last August, wiping out his 2019 campaign. Now an unrestricted free agent, Miller should eventually get a shot with an NFL team, but he'll probably need to accept a contract with minimal guarantees. He may end up battling for a back-end roster spot.
Miller (knee) is set to become a free agent, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Miller suffered a torn ACL in late August and spent the 2019 campaign on injured reserve. Having made it through the entirety of a four-year, $26 million contract, he can now hit the open market ahead of his age-29 season. Between the severe injury in 2019 and his modest efficiency over the previous three years, Miller isn't likely to drum up a huge market in free agency. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and 7.4 per catch in three seasons with Houston, tallying 3,612 total yards and 18 touchdowns in 44 regular-season games. Most teams figure to view him as a backup, and that's if/when he can prove his health.
The Texans placed Miller (knee) on injured reserve Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: An MRI confirmed Miller suffered a torn ACL during Saturday's preseason contest against the Cowboys, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Miller's placement on IR is all but a confirmation that he'll miss the entire 2019 season, leaving Duke Johnson, Josh Ferguson, Karan Higdon, Buddy Howell, Damarea Crockett and Taiwan Jones as the next men up. Among those option, Duke Johnson appears the favorite for starting snaps.
An MRI confirmed Miller has a torn ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: This report confirms the feared initial diagnosis, though it's not an official announcement from the team. The Texans are thin at running back behind their veteran starter with Duke Johnson, Buddy Howell, Damarea Crockett and Josh Ferguson next in line.
Miller, who was carted off the field during Saturday's preseason contest against the Cowboys with a left knee injury, is feared to have suffered a torn ACL, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Analysis: The torn ACL diagnosis won't be confirmed until an MRI is complete, but Miller appears to be facing a lengthy recovery timetable. The Texans are thin at running back behind their veteran starter with Duke Johnson, Buddy Howell and Josh Ferguson next in line.
Miller (leg) was carted off the field during the first quarter of Saturday's preseason contest in Dallas, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Miller took a blindside hit from Cowboys defensive lineman Maliek Collins. Per Aaron Reiss of The Athletic, the Texans' medical staff was examining Miller's left leg, but the nature of the injury won't be known until further notice. The next players up in this backfield are Duke Johnson, Buddy Howell, Josh Ferguson and Damarea Crockett.
Miller was carted off with an injury in Saturday's preseason game, Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The immediate reaction to Miller's injury was that it looked pretty nasty, with a number teammates coming over to console him as he was carted off. Duke Johnson is his top backup.
Miller now has a proven backup in Duke Johnson, who the Texans acquired in a trade Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Miller remains the team's starter, but prior to the move there had been an open competition for backup slotting. Johnson's known for his pass-catching ability, so he'll provide the Texans with a nice change-of-pace option behind Miller. While the addition of Johnson figures to limit Miller's passing targets, Miller is still in line to handle the bulk of the team's early-down work, thus retaining a solid floor fantasy floor, so long as he avoids injuries.
The Texans are looking to be a better rushing team in the red zone, particularly inside the 5-yard-line, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. Miller had just five attempts inside the 5 last season, tied for 31st.
Analysis: if the Texans succeed in becoming a more productive rushing team in close, that will result in more touchdown opportunities for Miller and backup D'Onta Foreman. "That's the difference between being a good offense and a great offense, being able to run the ball in whenever you get down there," quarterback Deshaun Watson said. "That's (something) we want to focus on. Once we get in the red zone like we did last year, we have to find ways to get the ball in the end zone." The Texans often settled for field goals in the red zone as placekicker Ka'imi Fairbairn led the league in attempts (42), makes (37) and points (150).
Coach Bill O'Brien said Miller is still the lead back in Houston, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Asked about the competition between Miller and D'Onta Foreman, the Texans' head coach essentially shot down the idea, saying Miller is the starter and it's everything else that still needs to be determined. While Foreman doesn't have much competition for the No. 2 job, any challenge for Miller's spot may need to take place in-season rather than this summer. Regardless, the Houston backfield will require close watching throughout training camp and beyond, as Miller has been mediocre for years now.
Miller and D'Onta Foreman will lead the Houston backfield, Deepi Sidhu of the team's official website reports.
Analysis: It felt like an empty promise in February when then-GM Brian Gaine endorsed Miller as the team's lead back, but Gaine subsequently chose not to add any competition in free agency or the draft. It's unclear whether that decision played a role in his recent firing, as there seems to be some frustration with the Texans failing to use their plethora of cap space to procure meaningful offseason upgrades. The result leaves Miller in a good spot to maintain a large share of the carries, but it also means he'll likely be running behind a subpar offensive line for a fourth straight year. Foreman is the wild card in the picture, potentially challenging for the lead job in his second year back from an Achilles tear. The lower portion of the depth chart contains pass-catching specialist Josh Ferguson, two special teams players (Buddy Howell, Taiwan Jones) and two undrafted rookies (Karan Higdon, Damarea Crockett).
General manager Brian Gaine endorsed Miller as his starting running back for the 2019 season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "He's a three-down back," Gaine noted Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Analysis: Houston ranks among the league leaders in cap space this offseason and, probably as a result of which, has been linked to numerous running backs that will soon become available when free agency opens in March. While it's not out of the question for the Texans to add a promising young gun in the draft, it doesn't appear Gaine is positioning his team to be in the market for a high-priced veteran a la Le'Veon Bell.
Miller carried five times for 18 yards and caught eight of 10 targets for 63 additional yards during Saturday's 21-7 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Miller's usage as a rusher suffered with his team trailing for most of the day, leading him to finish with one of his poorest rushing performances of the season. He stepped up as a pass catcher, however, finishing second on the team in both catches and receiving yards. While Miller's season ends on a disappointing note, he still piled up 1,217 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns in 17 appearances, which will go down as one of the best seasons of his NFL career. The possibility remains that Miller's role could diminish next season if the team elects to get D'Onta Foreman or any potential backfield additions more involved in the offense, but he would be a useful fantasy asset if he does retain the top spot in the backfield.
Miller rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and did not gain yardage on two catches during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Miller extended Houston's lead to 13 shortly before halftime, taking the inside handoff and pounding through for a seven-yard score. It was the veteran back's second score in his last three games, but he's averaging just 2.9 yards per carry during that span. Whether this is a blip or a trend will bare monitoring heading into next week's playoff game against either Indianapolis or Tennessee. Miller almost certainly would prefer a rematch with the Titans, against whom he has averaged 8.8 yards per carry this season, as compared to the Colts -- against whom he has averaged just 2.9 yards per carry.
Coach Bill O'Brien said Miller (ankle) is "good to go" for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Miller was already upgraded to full practice participation Thursday, but it's nonetheless good to see that carry over to Friday. The 27-year-old should be in line for a full workload against Jacksonville, which features the 18th-ranked rush defense in the NFL (115. 7 YPG) and allows 4.3 yards per carry.
Miller (ankle) practiced fully Thursday.
Analysis: After sitting out Week 16's loss to the Eagles, Miller was limited at practice Wednesday, but Thursday's upgrade to full participation aligns with the running back's assessment, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, that his ankle feels "way better" at this stage. Miller is thus in line to return to action Sunday against the Jaguars, who have allowed an average of 115.7 rushing yards per game to date, a mark that ranks 18th overall in the NFL that category.
Miller (ankle) was officially limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: That's a positive indicator with regard to his chances of suiting up in Week 17, with Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site noting that "there's a decent chance" Miller will play Sunday against the Jaguars assuming things go okay for the running back at practice this week. That's a tad more optimistic than coach Bill O'Brien's take Monday in which he said that Miller "has a chance" to suit up this weekend. We'll revisit Miller's status Thursday to see if he maintains his current level of practice participation, which seems likely.
Miller (ankle) practiced Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: We suspect that Miller will be listed as a limited participant, but his ability to practice in any capacity is in line with previous reports that the running back has a chance to return to action Sunday against the Jaguars.
Coach Bill O'Brien said Miller (ankle) may return for a Week 17 matchup with the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "I think he's got a chance," O'Brien relayed Monday. "[He's] trending upwards."
Analysis: After injuring his right ankle Week 15, Miller maintained a limited listing on injury reports Wednesday through Friday. Despite entering the weekend as questionable, the Texans downgraded him to out Saturday. O'Brien's comments may have been nothing more than coach speak, but it's clear Miller was missed during Sunday's 32-30 loss in Philadelphia. Without his services, the Texans managed less than half of their weekly output on the ground -- just 62 yards -- with Deshaun Watson leading the team in each running statistic (8-49-2), while Alfred Blue and D'Onta Foreman combined for 11 carries, 13 yards and no scores.
Miller (ankle) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's contest against the Eagles.
Analysis: Head coach Bill O'Brien suggested Friday that Miller had a "chance" at playing Sunday, but that appeared more remote each passing day given the veteran running back was never able to log a full day of practice. Alfred Blue is expected to take over the starting role in Miller's absence, but there's a possibility D'Onta Foreman could see his first action this season after missing most of 2018 while recovering from surgery to his Achilles tendon.
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