Assuming Miller is 100 percent by training camp (he has been held out of OTAs after offseason shoulder surgery), he should be a more reliable target than Taylor Gabriel, who has some boom-or-bust to him, especially if a defense has taken away the WR screen game. Miller has more upside and the Bears know he’ll have a much better grasp of the playbook this season.
Even if Miller doesn’t outsnap Gabriel consistently, it’s worth noting he averaged 2.5 yards more per catch last season (12.8 to 10.3).
As a rookie, Anthony Miller dealt with a shoulder injury for most of the season, but still caught seven touchdowns in 15 games. He had surgery in January and once cleared to return, should see plenty of volume in 2019, as he's shown better route running and more physicality than his fellow sophomore WR Taylor Gabriel. John Paulson has Miller ranked as WR57, 10 spots above Gabriel, and he was just drafted in the ninth round in a 4for4 analyst mock.
Khalil Mack (right ankle), Allen Robinson (groin) and Taylor Gabriel (knee) fully participated in Friday's practice. They are a go for Sunday versus Lions, barring some unforeseen setback.
The Bears played this one smart, letting their number one receiver get fully healthy before putting him back out there. Of course, them starting him doesn't mean you should. He checks in as a WR4 in our rankings due both to a difficult matchup and the limitations of the Bears passing game.
Miller knows any success he has will depend on the chemistry he builds with Trubisky, not only this season, but for years to come.
Miller is currently looking to build chemistry with Trubisky. So far, he said it's been going great and the two see and talk to one another every day. Miller is our No. 62 ranked WR and can be had in the later rounds of drafts.