Jordan Miller came with some hype when the Falcons drafted him in the sixth round, as he was an unusually polished and athletic player to pick up that late. He wasn’t expected to have a huge impact in his rookie season—and he hasn’t—but I was bullish on his long-term outlook given his tools and the fact that the team still is in need of young corner help over the long haul.
I’m still a believer in the talent, but Miller won’t get the opportunity to make an impact in the early going of 2020. Per the team, he’s been suspended for four games, which will keep him out of Week 17 of this year and the first three weeks of the 2020 season.
#Falcons rookie cornerback Jordan Miller has been suspended for 4 games for breaking the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The suspension will be enforced through the first 3 games of 2020.https://t.co/fmKNxJgb3K— Kelsey Conway (@FalconsKelsey) December 26, 2019
As always, there’s no way to know what performance-enhancing substance we’re talking about here unless Miller shares it or reporters pick up on it later. It’s frustrating and unfortunate for Miller, who I had hoped would get some playing time in Week 17, but his contract, youth, and promise should get him chances after those first three weeks are over.
In the interim, the team may well sign another cornerback. Isaiah Oliver, Kendall Sheffield, and Blidi Wreh-Wilson will continue to serve as the team’s top three cornerbacks, and even if Desmond Trufant is healthy and remains on the roster in 2020, all three will hopefully be around and prominently involved next season.