Broncos should scoop up recent Texans castoff at wide receiver

Denver Broncos should scoop up Anthony Miller ASAP. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos should scoop up Anthony Miller ASAP. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos need help at the wide receiver position and the Houston Texans just happen to have recently dumped Anthony Miller.

The Houston Texans picked up so many players over the last nine months, it would have been shocking for them to not be getting rid of a bunch of them, right? Houston has most recently let go of wide receiver Anthony Miller, a former second-round pick of the Chicago Bears who was acquired earlier this offseason in a trade.

As a matter of fact, the Houston Texans traded a 2022 fifth-round pick for Miller and a 2022 seventh-round pick.

It wasn’t a slight trade, by any means, and Houston has already decided to be done with him.

Given the Denver Broncos’ recent injury woes at the wide receiver position, the former second-round pick would be an outstanding option for the team to look at here as we approach week five.

Denver Broncos need to pursue Anthony Miller

The Denver Broncos are not really in a position to just lean on the “next man up” mentality and promote from within. They have already proven their need for outside help with the recent addition of veteran David Moore, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, and Las Vegas Raiders.

They also brought in Josh Malone, a player who is very familiar with Zach Azzanni from his college days at Tennessee.

Even with the recent additions, the Broncos can’t really afford to scoff at the chance to add a player like Anthony Miller, who fits the team’s clear profile of ultra-athletic players at their position.

With 139 career receptions and 12 career touchdowns, Miller has the kind of experience the Broncos need in the depth department with Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler out. Even when Jerry Jeudy comes back, having Miller for the “17-round fight” as Vic Fangio called it should be considered essential.

Fangio was still the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears back in 2018 when Miller was selected in the second round by the team.

Miller scored a career-high seven touchdowns that season for Chicago.

Broncos GM George Paton has also seen plenty of Miller in his time as an executive with the Minnesota Vikings.

Considering the cost to acquire, the team’s need for depth and experience, and the fact that Miller is still just 26 going on 27, how could the Denver Broncos not consider this?

The Broncos have passed on higher profile guys like John Brown, Josh Gordon, and other available receivers who could help them for the likes of David Moore and Josh Malone.

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, but again, this team is not in a position to just stand pat with what they’ve got.

A player like Anthony Miller could really help out this season and would give the Denver Broncos another player who can contribute regardless of Jerry Jeudy’s health.

There was once a time that Anthony Miller looked like he was progressing towards being a very good receiver in this league, but his development was stunted with the Bears and their inconsistent quarterback play.

Not that the Broncos are a model of consistency there, but Teddy Bridgewater has certainly been efficient.

Not only that, but Zach Azzanni is a tremendous talent developer at receiver and he could perhaps help get the best out of Miller.

This is a signing the Denver Broncos should unquestionably make.