Herb Miller will join the Cleveland Browns practice squad, according to an announcement by the team.
Miller played for the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.
Although he was not active for the big game, he stepped in for a few plays during the season.
His 5 tackles and lone interception might not seem like much.
We have signed CB Herb Miller to the practice squad.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 28, 2021
But when you consider he did all that in just 17 snaps, it represents a fine effort.
Miller was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2019 by the Chiefs and was cut in August.
Tampa picked up the Florida Atlantic alumnus in December of that season.
He bounced back and forth between Tampa’s practice squad and active roster all season.
What Miller Brings to the Browns
Herb Miller is listed at 6’2″ and 190 pounds, prototypical size for a corner.
When he was cut by the Chiefs, he applied to be a police officer, thinking his NFL opportunity had passed.
The following season, he made his NFL debut against the team that originally signed him and earned his first tackle.
Miller isn’t the fastest corner on the field, running a 4.57 40 at his Pro Day.
The #Browns have signed CB Herb Miller to their practice squad and released TE Jordan Franks to make room.
Miller was on the Buccaneers PS before joining the active roster for the last 4 games last season where he recorded 5 tackles, an interception and a pass defended.
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) September 28, 2021
But he is quick and adept at sticking to slot receivers.
His statistics at Florida Atlantic did not stand out, but he was considered a pro prospect nonetheless.
Kansas City signed him after a tryout session.
Miller played special teams for Florida Atlantic and Tampa Bay, too.
What It Means To the Browns
Miler’s signing immediately brings attention to Greg Newsome‘s calf injury.
He had an MRI Monday, but the team says they won’t have an update on his availability until Wednesday.
Newsome indicated on social media the matter is not very serious, but there is no further word.
Greedy Williams filled in admirably for Newsome Sunday.
#Browns CB Troy Hill said Greedy Williams is a starting corner in this league, so there won't be worry if he needs to step up in the event rookie Greg Newsome II misses time with calf injury
— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) September 27, 2021
But this week, the Browns line up against a hot quarterback and a pair of stellar wide receivers.
Besides slot corner Troy Hill, that leaves the Browns with AJ Green as the only backup outside corner.
MJ Stewart could move into the slot and bump Hill outside.
And that could lead Stefanski to activate Richard LeCounte to help cover Stewart’s safety role.
Cleveland cut tight-end Jordan Franks to make room for Miller on the practice squad.