Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: WR Anthony Miller’s (Chicago) Slot Physicality and Route Prowess

Fans don’t often think about slot receivers facing physical coverage, but Chicago Bears rookie Anthony Miller demonstrates that it’s still part of the job—a job Miller performs well according to Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens. 

We often think about the slot receiver position as a less physical role. Slot receivers may take hits, but they don’t face a lot of physical coverage.

Tell that to Anthony Miller after his rookie year in Chicago. Miller demonstrated that he could perform inside or outside at Memphis, and he needed to draw on his knowledge of combating physical play while working the slot as a Bear.

Miller’s hand usage, body position, leverage, and ability to integrate these three skills in various ways made him a productive rookie despite playing through a shoulder injury for most of the season. Here are some of the more instructive plays from Miller’s rookie portfolio as a slot receiver handling physical coverage.

Miller also demonstrates strong work as a route runner in the middle of the field—an area where receivers must influence multiple defenders during a route.

Although his production wasn’t as strong as his rookie cohorts at the position, Miller’s game belongs in the same tier as those many expect to emerge in 2019. Some will worry about the volume Miller earned last year, but when an injured player makes plays with a strong degree of difficulty it’s something fans and coaches should take into consideration.

Considering the production Matt Nagy schemed for his slot receiver in Kansas City, this past history bodes well for greater reliance on the now-healthy Miller this fall.

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