Anthony Miller traded to the Houston Texans

After weeks of speculation that he would not remain with the Bears, Anthony Miller was traded to the Houston Texans. Compensation for the Bears is not yet known for the the 2018 2nd round pick out of Memphis, but it is believed to be a late round pick. Mike Garafolo broke the news late on Saturday.

A 2017 All-American before entering the NFL Draft, many had high hopes for Miller before he fell out of favor in Chicago. He burst onto the scene with seven touchdowns in 2018, but only managed in each two the past two years, with seasons of 52/656/2 in 2019 and 49/485/2 in 2020.

For the Texans this is another step towards a youth movement, and compensation pending it feels like a good flier for them. Miller will presumably have a chance to compete to be the slot receiver on a team that will likely have to throw a lot this year.

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New Houston Texan wide receiver Anthony Miller catches a pass against the Lions.

That said, fact the Texans have about a dozen wide receivers on their team right now. They won’t end up with that many at season’s start, but I think Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins will be their two main outside receivers. Miller I think will be competing (mainly) with Randall Cobb and Keke Coutee for the slot. Even if Miller does not start right away, with the Texans likely losing a lot this year, he should end up starting at some point so they can see what they have in him before he becomes an unrestricted free agent after this year. If Miller had been dropped in your league and you need wide receiver depth, he isn’t a bad dart throw here.

For the Bears this clears up some room for targets for a different third receiver. Riley Ridley, Damiere Byrd and Dazz Newsome (when he gets healthy) are the three I see with a chance at it. Whomever it is, the receiver is that steps up would appear to be fourth or fifth in line for targets behind Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Cole Kmet and David Montgomery. I do not foresee any immediate actionable fantasy results for the Bears from this trade.

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