Teams have just cut their rosters down to 53 players, so we will see a lot of names out there when the time comes, but that hasn’t stopped teams from getting a head start. Just because we are currently in disposal mode doesn’t mean we can’t scour the waiver wire looking for talent to improve this team.
One of most recognizable names out there right now is former Ohio State quarterback/wide receiver, Braxton Miller. He has spent the past two years in Houston since being drafted by the Texans in the third round of the 2016 draft. He battled his way onto the roster and secured a spot on the depth chart behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Miller produced 261 yards and two touchdowns in two seasons of work. Injuries were a contributing factor into the lack of production as well as struggling to transition into an NFL receiver. Houston tried to shop Miller, but couldn’t find any takers so they decided to waive him.
So now that Miller is available, will he get another chance to make a roster? My guess is yes. He is a unique athlete with an intriguing skill set. He showed signs of brilliance while playing at Ohio State and just needs to work more on transitioning to the pros. I think Braxton could be a legit third or fourth receiver if he can stay healthy.
That being said, health is the biggest concern. A player can’t help you win a game if he isn’t even on the field. I would love for Miller to come back to Ohio and play for the Browns. I just don’t know how it would play out.
The top four spots are taken in my opinion. Josh Gordon will not be starting Week 1 doesn’t shake my confidence that he will move into the starting role eventually. Jarvis Landry is a lock because he is going to bless defenders all season. The next two spots come down to Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins. I think Higgins looked great in the preseason and Callaway showed flashes of untapped potential. I mean, the kid could have been a first or second rounder if he didn’t have prior issues.
So the point being is that Braxton Miller would have his work cut out for him if Cleveland was to bring him in. I don’t know if he has what to takes to beat out Higgins or Callaway (unless he ran into more legal problems). Even Damion Ratley and Derrick Willies have one up on him because they built up chemistry with the team and Baker Mayfield specifically.
I can’t predict the future and I don’t even know if Miller is even on Cleveland’s radar, but it would be a good story, though. I’m always a fan of someone coming back to their roots and playing for their home team. Braxton Miller would be worth an observation if it means improving this team and I don’t see the harm in bringing him in for a physical, work him out, see where he is at and go from there.