Former Bears Highly Rated Draft Bust Signs New Deal With Colts: Report

Former Bears draft pick signs new contract with Colts:

Report

 

 

 

Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller has found a new home. According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, the former Memphis star is signing with the Indianapolis Colts practice squad.

 

The Bears selected Miller in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft (51st overall), and he showed flashes of brilliance, but his career never really took off. He was eventually traded to the Houston Texans in 2021 after three seasons in the Windy City, but he wasn’t there long.

 

After being traded to Houston, he only played two games before being released. Miller then landed in Pittsburgh, playing with the Steelers for just one game that season, while spending most of his time on the team’s practice squad. He has not played in a regular season game since the 2021 campaign.

 

Injuries have hampered Anthony Miller’s career

 

In three seasons with the Bears, Miller caught 134 passes on 215 targets for 1,589 yards and 11 touchdowns (11.7 yards per reception). He had a promising rookie season in 2018, finishing with 33 catches for 423 yards, leading the team in touchdowns with seven.

 

He didn’t catch many touchdowns in his sophomore year, finding the end zone only twice, but he finished with career highs in catches (52) and receiving yards (656). He never really broke out after serving as Chicago’s WR2 behind Allen Robinson, and his bad shoulder could be the reason.

 

Injuries have plagued Miller throughout his career. He missed college due to a shoulder injury, and that’s something that continued to hinder his play on the sideline after he entered the NFL. He separated his shoulder during his 2018 rookie campaign and underwent surgery after the regular season. The following year, 2019, he underwent a second shoulder surgery. While with Pittsburgh in 2022, Miller suffered his third serious shoulder injury just before the postseason that kept him out for the entire year. However, he appears healthy now as teams have looked at what he can bring.

 

Anthony Miller recently had a very short stint with the 49ers

 

Miller was briefly with the San Francisco 49ers in August, with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan noting that he had been a fan of the receiver since his college days in Memphis.

 

“I remember studying him right out of college,” Shanahan said of Miller in August, via USA Today. “We were big fans of him when we first graduated from college. I miss him with the Bears, doing good things. But we practiced with some people. I didn’t even go, but out of the four, they were the most impressed by him. I think we had four, maybe three. But he was a guy I remember being a big fan of in college.

 

However, he did not stay in San Francisco long and was released just over a week after the team signed him. In 38 career games at Memphis, Miller has 238 catches for 3,590 yards and 37 touchdowns. He still has speed and could provide depth for the Colts in the slot. The 5-foot-11 forward just turned 29 on October 9, so joining the Colts’ practice squad wouldn’t be a bad birthday gift.

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