Much attention has been paid to the weaknesses throughout the Buffalo Bills’ defense during the 2015 NFL season, but heading into the 2016 offseason the team will need to make upgrades along the offense as well. Under Greg Roman, wide receiver Sammy Watkins has emerged as a game-changer at the wide receiver position, but injuries suffered to Percy Harvin, Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods have exposed the lack of depth and sure talent the Bills have on their depth chart. Today, we’ll take a look at Ohio State offensive weapon Braxton Miller, a new convert to receiver from the Quarterback spot that has turned heads this year.
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Braxton Miller Physical Attributes
The 6’2, 215 pound Springfield, OH native was an impressive athlete at quarterback. When he moved to receiver in 2015 due to the logjam at quarterback after the Ohio State’s national title win in the playoff no one knew how Braxton Miller would respond. Miller would produce with 68 touches for 601 yards and 4 touchdowns. While that might not turn heads for Heisman voting, doing the dirty work in the run and pass game after having started as quarterback is a feather in his cap.
Miller thrived in multiple roles, similar to how Meyer and his staff used Percy Harvin at Florida:
Again, similar to Harvin, Meyer and company also used Miller as wildcat QB as a change up:
Braxton Miller Route Running
Miller is new to the position, but his suddenness and change of direction are lethal combinations as he grows into the position:
Miller is also a nightmare to tackle because of his size and ability to do things like this:
Ball Skills/ Hands
Braxton Miller is new to the position, but his natural ball skills are a heck of a starter pack. With his willingness to lay out for passes combined with his length, a quarterback would drool to have a player with his catch radius on the team:
That radius is also highlighted when a ball is under-thrown:
Potential Fit with the Buffalo Bills
As the Bills brass chat with the media, the regret of not having a healthy Percy Harvin in the offense is evident. Enter Braxton Miller – a player that shows the wow factor that Percy does, without the injuries, mercurial personality or the price tag. If the Bills are able to pick Miller in the draft they’d have not only a receiver, but a trick play/wildcat QB, running back, kick/punt returner and overall offensive weapon. In fact, they might want to take a page out of Jacksonville and label him such upon drafting. Most importantly, as a receiver Braxton Miller is a big play waiting to happen – which suits Tyrod and Roman just fine.