Braxton Miller To Play QB For Browns?
Braxton Miller returned to news headlines on Wednesday morning when it was announced that the Cleveland Browns had signed him.
Miller, 26, was one of the most memorable quarterbacks in Ohio State football history before being converted to wide receiver upon preparing to enter the NFL.
In the three-year span between 2011 and 2014 when he lined up under center for the Buckeyes, Miller threw for 52 touchdowns and 5,295 yards and only 17 interceptions. In that same period of time he ran for 33 touchdowns and 3,315 yards.
During his final year at Ohio State, in preparation for entering the NFL, Miller switched to wide receiver. That year he caught 25 passes for three touchdowns and 340 yards.
Ultimately, Miller was taken in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. In his first two years as a pro he played a total of 21 games and accumulated a combined 34 receptions, 261 yards and two touchdowns in that time.
After his time with the Texans came to an end, Miller was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles and spent the duration of 2018 on their practice squad.
Many are viewing Miller’s time with the Browns as his last real opportunity to earn a place in the NFL. The problem is, much as was the case when he was in Philadelphia, Baker Mayfield already has a ton of wide receiver options. It is hard to envision a scenario where he will really need Miller’s limited skillset in that regard.
Where Miller may be of some value to the Browns is as a backup quarterback. Mayfield is extremely tough, but he has never had to play a full season in the NFL. It remains to be seen if he can withstand the grind. And if he cannot, it might be helpful to have a quarterback behind him whose name people actually recognize.