What We Learned About Bears Anthony Miller on Saturday

BOCA RATON, FL - DECEMBER 20: Anthony Miller
BOCA RATON, FL - DECEMBER 20: Anthony Miller /

Anthony Miller can ball, but let’s be honest I’m preaching to the choir here.

When Mitch Trubisky rolled to his left and fired a ball into double coverage to 5’11 Anthony Miller and he proceeded to come down with it in bounds, that’s all I needed to see.

The Memphis product has provided snippets of his of his immense talent all throughout training camp. It appeared as though almost every day we’d expect to see another highlight of Miller making a defender miss as he tiptoes into the end zone.

Yes, this may just be one play in a somewhat meaningless preseason game, but the implications that can be drawn from this specific play attest to something greater.

Let’s start with the throw itself. In what was an excellent display of Trubisky’s accuracy was also a demonstration of the chemistry between him and Miller. The fact that Trubisky had no hesitation throwing that ball to Miller wasn’t just a bode of confidence, rather, a borderline sense of arrogance. Trubisky knew Miller would make a play.

That’s the type of throw we, as NFC North dwellers, would see Matthew Stafford make to the now retired, Calvin Johnson. Of course, I’m not equating the two receivers, but to already have that type of “throw it up” mentality in a rookie receiver speaks volumes.

The catch itself was everything you’d expect to see in a receiver that was traded up for in the draft. Miller was able to rise above two defenders and snag in the bullet even as Broncos’ defensive back, Bradley Roby was draped all over him. As well as come down in bounds.

Miller recorded three receptions for thirty-three yards in his limited time on Saturday. While his numbers weren’t earth-shattering, each time he touched the ball his playmaking ability was on display.

This may be presumptive, but Miller has proven that he can be a dynamic threat in this league. Will he prove to be the best receiver in the draft?