Anthony Miller

WR Memphis

5-11, 190, (PD) 4.46, 39" Vert, 

22 Reps, 

Fighting For Respect. 

By TOM

Miller has great quick feet. He runs patterns with some interesting suddenness. He is not a strong blocker, but he gives good effort blocks for his teammates. Great ball skills. Great body control. He can dive out at an angle and grab the ball that is way out of bounds with his hands, and just get the tips of his toes inbounds behind him. 

He looks like a great waterbug slot WR to me. When he gets his hands in a CB's shirt and gets low, he can take him out of the play for his teammate. He lines up on both sides. He is fearless going over the middle. He can get too emotional on the sideline sometimes. They say he can lose focus on the field when that happens. But that might have been just age. He faced some adversity against Houston, and he didn't leave the game mentally. 

Great job of finding holes in the coverage. He is great at adjusting to the ball in the air. "He understands what they’re trying to do [in their offense], understands defenses, understands how to get open, understands how to get off the line of scrimmage," UConn HC Randy Edsall said. "He's got a real good feel for the game." He can fade away from the CB, and snag the ball behind him. He can also slice in front of the CB, and grab the ball thrown under him. 

He is not a pure waterbug, like I thought, but has some interesting field speed. "Great route runner, great hands," Navy HC Niumatalolo said. "[And he's] faster than you realize." BB needs to talk to him about Miller in the 2nd.

He is not super elusive with the ball in this hands. "It’s amazing," Miller said. "It’s just crazy how hard work gets you to places that you want to be." He keeps sounding like a BB guy. 

He is short, but you can really see he puts a ton of work in the weight room. "His work ethic is truly what separates him from a lot of great players that I’ve been around," Memphis HC Mike Norvell said. "He is the best, hardest-working player I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach." He always seems to know what is going on, on the field.

He is a redshirt senior. Last season he garnered 18 TDs and 1,462 yards on 96 receptions. That is just incredible. In essentially three seasons on the field, he garnered 37 TDs, and 3,590 yards, on 238 receptions.

He has great quicks. That is what I always saw him as, a quick slot guy, but he gets open running with speed into holes as well. He has some nice speed and aggression in pattern. He is more Edelman than Welker. He is a guy who is better running in a straight line than bursting side to side. 

Great release off the snap. He has some nice explosion getting into patterns when he is going deep. Great job tracking the ball over his head. Amazing hands, he made two of the best one handed grabs this season I have ever seen. He runs great quick patterns. His ability to get open on the out and up is second to none. He doesn't need a lot of room to catch the ball in. 

He has great instincts in pattern. Plays in a wacky spread system where he gets open a little too easy. Doesn't need to run patterns every time. He has that knack for getting open deep. It will be interesting to see his speed. He can dive out over the top of the defense, with the CB trying to pull his shirt, and snag the great diving catch. 

Miller Vs UConn:

Just a screen where he shows his quicks, but he is not as good running sideways with the ball as he is running downfield (:01). He is the inside slot WR on the QB's right. He runs a nice Post over the middle. You can see him use his feet to break over the middle (:36). He is the middle WR in Trips (:53). See how he gets his hands up. He has the best hands of any one in this Draft. Amazing big, strong, and soft hands. He has the hands of a much bigger guy, and one of the strongest pair of hands I have ever seen. Which is one off BB's Checks for WRs. They have to be able to catch the ball first.

Outside on the right. If you think I was joking about his hands, just watch this play. This one of the best one-handed catches I have seen (1:25). He caught that ball with one hand like he used two. The ball just stopped in his hand, and didn't move. You'd think you'd need to have hands Gronk's size to do that with one hand (1:38). And that wasn't the first time I saw him do that.

Outside on the QB's right for the Screen. He not only has strong hands than you would think is impossible for a guy his size, but he is stronger than his size would indicate as well (1:49). Then he went deep. Watch the great adjustment to the ball. He turned his whole body around, and snagged the ball behind him like it was cake (2:10). That is one of the most difficult catches to make, and he made it look smooth and easy. Watch the great pattern as he angles inside just a little, and then broke outside, which you have to do when you facing the CB (2:27). Then you get a great look at the little push off to get space, and the twist around to snag it with his elite hands.

I don't really like him on all these screens. He tried to break between two DBs and the CB ripped the ball out, and I was as shocked as Miller (3:16). Bottom of the screen. He ran another WR screen. Great job cutting behind his blocker. Then another great burst inside to make the DB miss. Then a great quick burst to his right again that made two DBs miss (do I need to say that he like to hop to his right to make guys miss;). Then he is finally kneed down (3:42). If he can run under a 6.0 in the 3-Cone he could be a Patriot.

I mean, how did he hold onto that ball. I told you he has the best hand in the Draft, and I wasn't joking (4:33). He got himself a couple yards open with quickness, and had to snap and dive outside and got his hands on the ball, and held on through contact with the ground, and #14 diving on top of him for his second TD of the game (4:53). It doesn't get any better than that. He was targeted 11 times, for 10 catches for 114 yards, and 2 TDs, and it's not even Halftime. 

Alright, watch this throw. Miller is on the bottom of the screen. He ran a deep Post (6:26). Now it is never good to judge a guy on the best game of his career. But watch the pattern. He closed on the deep Off coverage. Used a great one cut to get inside the CB, and just the slightest hesitation, and Miller was past him. I always thought of Miller as a pure waterbug, but he has some great speed in pattern. 

Hey, didn't someone say he has the best hands in the Draft? Just watch this catch. That is a leaping up over the DB, and catching the friggin' ball over the CB's helmet for his forth TD (7:30). No one tracks it better than him. With the jab inside he got a little space, and watch the great grab over the helmet. And just for the record, I told you Ferguson is one of the QBs the Pats need to take a long look at. The past two throws into the endzone have been as good as it gets. Putting the ball where only his guy can get it. This is the short little slot WR the Pats need to Draft to help Brady.

Miller Vs UConn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9zwpzTw8aQ

Miller Vs UCLA:

Top of the screen. He went all the way across the field, and caught the ball through the double team. He took two huge hits and couldn't hold on (:07). Bottom of the screen. Nice burst outside on the pattern (:16). Bottom of the screen. I don't like a lot of the patterns he runs in this spread offense (:28). But this is against UCLA. They should be a much more talented team.

He is just not super dynamic with the ball in his hands. I mean, he is good. But I don't think he is great (:37). I love his speed, instincts, and hands in deep patterns. He is not just a waterbug (1:00). Watch the release that got his him into his pattern quickly. Then the great head and shoulder fake and the inside jab. I love how he ran deep patterns (1:47). Then he just laid out for his QB and held on again. 

And just in case you thought the one handed grab against UConn was a fluke, watch him do it again on the opposite sideline against USF. That is the other great one handed catch I saw him make (1:23). Watch the great job stepping inside and the quick burst outside to get the CB's outside shoulder, and Ferguson was instantly throwing the ball (1:36). Then he outran the CB and the Safety for another deep TD.

Look at the deep throw by Ferguson. You cannot place it any better than that (1:47). He just ran a short Post to get open over the middle. He has that nose for the endzone. He had to jab the ball out to score his second TD (1:53). He was just so good at running patterns to the third level, and watch the feet and balance as he tip-toed down the sideline (2:33). He has that knack for running simple patterns to get open (2:48). Then he showed some elusiveness in the open field.

Watch the great move, and burst inside that got him five yards open. Than the hands and balance to pirouette around and snag the pass thrown behind him. He made the great catch look easy again (3:14). He has that knack for making the big plays at the big time (3:34). He has that knack for getting the 1st.

He gave a good hit on the block, but he DB got back into position. But I like how he went back and tried to block him some more (3:45). That was some great balance and elusiveness to get a few yards (3:55). He slipped, and then slipped off two tacklers. Then showed some speed to turn the corner. 

Miller Vs UCLA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3u67tbyzeg

Miller's Official Bio:

All-American Athletic Conference Second Team (2016).
Finished 2016 with 95 catches for 1,434 yards (both school record).
Holds the Memphis single-season record for receiving yards, passing the mark set by Isaac Bruce. Miller and Bruce are the only 2 Memphis 1,000 yard, single season receivers in school history.
Has a catch in 25 consecutive games.
Burlsworth Trophy Nominee as most outstanding walk-on; did not have any written offer after high school.
Member of the Biletnikoff Award Watch List (2016).

Career: Has seen action in 25 games, making 17 starts ... Has 142 catches for 2,128 yards ... Has 19 TD receptions ... Has a catch in every game in which he has played ... Has 24 multi-reception contests ... Enters 2017 season on the program’s all-time charts for catches (4th), receiving yards (3rd) and TD catches (2nd) … Holds school record for career 100-yard receiving games (11) … Has 2,481 career all-purpose yards (2,128 receive/123 rush/105 kick return/125 punt return) … The 2,481 all-purpose yards are 14th-most for a career … Has 21 rushes for 123 yards ... Also has seen action on special teams ... Has 105 kick return yards (4 returns) and 125 punt return yards (18 returns) ... Saw action for first time in 2015 after sitting out first two campaigns in 2013 (redshirt) and 2014 (injury)

Honors (Academic/Athletic): Athlon magazine 2017 preseason All-America fourth team … One of three American Athletic Conference players invited to 62nd annual Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards in February of 2017 … 2016 All-American Athletic Conference second team … 2016 Burlsworth Trophy nominee … Two-time American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll member (Sept. 19/Oct. 31) … 2013 Glenn Jones Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award

2016 (Junior): Started all 13 games … Put together the best season by a receiver in school history … Set school season records for receptions (95), receiving yards (1,434), TD catches (14) and 100-yard receiving games (8) … Led the squad with 1,600 all-purpose yards (69 rush/1,434 receive/97 punt return) … His 1,600 all-purpose yards are the fourth-most for a season in program history (top-three season all-purpose yardage totals are held by DeAngelo Williams) … Ranked among the American Athletic Conference leaders in receptions (4th; 95), receptions per game (4th; 7.3), receiving yards (2nd; 1,434), receiving yards per game (2nd; 110.3), all-purpose yards (3rd; 1,600) and all-purpose yards per game (5th; 123.1) … Also ranked among FBS leaders in receiving yards (9th), receiving yards per game (9th) and TD catches (9th) … Had 13 multi-reception games, including five contests with double-digit catches … Set school’s single-game receptions record with 15 (169 yards/2 TD) in the home upset win over No. 18/21 Houston … Last catch was the game-winning TD reception from 10 yards out with :19 left on the clock … Caught 12 passes for a school single-game record 250 yards and two TD vs. Tulsa … Tied the school record for TD catches in a game with three scores vs. Western Kentucky in the Boca Raton Bowl … Had 11 receptions for 151 yards vs. the Hilltoppers … Other 100-yard performances came against Southeast Missouri (103 yards/9 catches), Ole Miss (132/10), Navy (134/9), SMU (102/4) and USF (153/10) … Six of his 14 TD catches were 40 yards or more … Had a career-long 84-yard TD catch vs. Kansas … The 84-yard reception is tied for the sixth-longest in school history … Rushed for a career-high 56 yards on three carries vs. Kansas … Had a career-long 41- yard run vs. the Jayhawks … Recorded a career-best 261 all-purpose yards (250 receive/11 punt return) vs. Tulsa … The 261 all-purpose yards were the seventh-most in a game in program history

2015 (Sophomore): Played in 12 games ... Made four starts ... Missed the game at Houston with an injury ... Caught a pass in all 12 games in which he played ... Squad’s third-leading receiver in receptions (47) and second in yardage (694) ... Grabbed a team-high five TD passes ... His 14.8 yards per catch was third on team ... Registered 11 multi-catch games ... Had nine carries for 54 yards and two TD ... Tied for second on squad with seven total TD (5 receive/2 rush) ... Tied as team’s third-leading scorer (42 points) ... Also played on the kick (4 returns/105 yards) and punt (3 returns/28 yards) return teams ... Second on team with 881 all-purpose yards (694 receive/54 rush/105 kick return/28 punt return) ... Saw first collegiate action in the season-opening win over Missouri State ... Had his first collegiate rush (1 carry/5 yards) and reception (1 catch/5 yards) vs. the Bears ... Recorded first multi-reception game with three catches (61 yards) in a road win at Kansas ... Had breakout performance in a home win over Cincinnati ... Hauled in five catches for a season-high 156 yards and one TD ... The 156 yards are the 14th-most for a single game in program history ... Part of his 156 yards was an 82-yard TD reception in the first quarter to give Memphis a 14-10 lead ... The 82-yard catch tied for the 10th-longest in school history ... The TD catch vs. Cincinnati was his first collegiate score ... Second 100- yard receiving game was a 132-yard performance in the upset win over Ole Miss ... Grabbed a season-high 10 passes vs. the Rebels ... The 10 receptions tied for the ninth-most for a game in program history ... Had third 100-yard receiving game with 106 yards (5 catches) in a road win at Tulsa ... Rushed for a season-high 28 yards in a home win over Tulane ... Had 153 all-purpose yards (33 receive/11 rush/105 kick return/4 punt return) in a home loss to Navy ... Recorded season bests for kick returns (4), kick return yardage (105) and long return (47) vs Navy ... Injured and did not play in the Houston game ... One of seven different receivers to catch a TD pass from QB Paxton Lynch in the first half in the regular-season finale victory over SMU ... Hauled in the fifth of Lynch’s seven first-half TD tosses for a 42-0 lead ... Had three catches for 10 yards vs. Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl

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