After battling a shoulder injury that ultimately prompted a challenging position change from quarterback to wide receiver, former Ohio State star Braxton Miller can now finally breath knowing all of his hard work has paid off. Miller joined The Jim Rome Show on Wednesday and talked what it was like being selected by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
“Man, it’s a relief. Everything that I’ve done the past four or five years and the struggles and the ups and downs I went through, playing with Bill O’Brien and the squad, it’s a relief and blessing because that’s one of the teams I really wanted to go to,” Miller said. “I like the city, the fans, and they got one of the best defenses.”
Last season, Houston was a one-dimensional passing team with Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins getting the majority of opposing defense’s attention. Miller believes with his versatility, first round pick Will Fuller and last year’s draft pick Jaelen Strong, they all have the game to complement Hopkins now.
“They need like some type of fire power on the offensive side of the ball. So playmakers like myself and Will [Fuller], and D-Hop, and Jaelen Strong were going to take that overboard now, and really really really excited to get on board and get things going,” Miller said. “Myself, and D-Hop, and Will and Jaelen bring a different type of game speed to the offense, different play making styles.”
It should come as no surprise, but Miller says his biggest strength may be his versatility.
“I’m a different type of receiver as everybody knows. I can play inside, outside, and I’m in the backfield too. I can make plays on either side of the ball, left, right, in the backfield. It’s going to be fun,” Miller said.
The 23-year-old is focused now on getting better and believes his future is bright in Houston.
“I’m working every day, I just got done working out,” Miller said. “I’m just out here running and working and the sky is the limit. Just working as hard as possible trying to being the best I can be.”