Anthony Miller

Here's who Bears WR Anthony Miller is studying to take his game to next level

Here's who Bears WR Anthony Miller is studying to take his game to next level

The Chicago Bears traded up in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft for wide receiver Anthony Miller because they thought he was too talented to let slip away. But after two underwhelming seasons in the league, the time is now for Miller to become the player the Bears thought he'd be when GM Ryan Pace identified him as a must-have player.

"He's competitive," Pace said shortly after the 2018 draft. "He's tough. His route quickness, his hands, his work ethic, his mentality. All those things are infectious qualities that he possesses. He's a fun guy to watch on tape because of how he plays."

Miller's traits have produced just 85 catches, 1,079 yards and nine touchdowns in two injury-riddled seasons. With the Bears cutting ties with Taylor Gabriel and only veteran Tedd Ginn and rookie Darnell Mooney added to the depth chart this offseason, the time is now for Miller to justify Pace's high grade.

The former Memphis standout is using this offseason to familiarize himself with some of the league's greats, both past and present, to unlock his full potential. He's been studying film of Steve Smith, Isaac Bruce and Stefon Diggs, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“I feel like this is going to be my best year yet,” Miller said. “I’ve matured a lot on the field and I’ve gained a lot of knowledge, especially this offseason. I’ve been studying up a lot on other players and seeing what they do so I can enhance my game.”

Miller won't have to look very far to find another resource who can help him develop in his third year. Ginn's experience as a productive playmaker will be a positive influence in the wide receiver room.

“That’s a guy who has been in the league like 14 years, and he’s just a great guy to sponge off of as far as knowing things,” Miller said via the Chicago Tribune. “I’m glad I’ve got an opportunity to play with him.”

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Bears' Anthony Miller donates shoe insoles to health care workers on front lines

Bears' Anthony Miller donates shoe insoles to health care workers on front lines

Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller is doing his part to help health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Miller is partnering with VKTRY Insoles to donate 500 pairs of insoles to health care workers. 

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The insoles will go onto help many health care workers struggling with back, leg and foot pain from being on their feet for long shifts. If you’d like to enter yourself or nominate someone you know, you can check out VKTRY’s website. 

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Bleacher Report, and also every single Bears fan, thinks Anthony Miller will have a big 2020

Bleacher Report, and also every single Bears fan, thinks Anthony Miller will have a big 2020

Stop me if you've heard this before: 

If the Bears offense can finally start producing, Miller will be in line for a breakout year given his increase in targets last season. 

You may remember that line from literally any bar in Chicago. This one, however, came from Bleacher Report's recent predictions of all 32 team's breakout players in 2020. Here's the reasoning:

Anthony Miller's career with the Chicago Bears is off to a decent start, but this upcoming season is the perfect opportunity for him to solidify himself as one of the league's more dominant receivers.

The 25-year-old Memphis product had a strong rookie campaign with seven receiving touchdowns. His end-zone production dropped in 2019, but he recorded 52 receptions for 656 yards and two scores and had a 61.2 percent catch rate. He also saw an uptick in his role and was targeted 31 more times.

They're not wrong, either. There were times last season – and two late-season, divisional games from last season come to mind – when Miller looked like the best player on the Bears' offense. Remember this?

Consistency has always been what's held Miller back, although the Bleacher Report piece also places a fair bit of that blame on Mitch Trubisky/Chase Daniel, which, fair enough. 

You can peruse through all 32 guesses right here.