Buccaneers’ Miller Looks to Show He’s More Than a Deep Threat


Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Scotty Miller had what appeared to be a breakout season in 2020. We all remember the 39-yard bomb from Tom Brady to Miller against the Packers in the playoffs. With his high-end speed and big play capabilites, Miller would be a fan favorite during the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl run.

Then the 2021 season came and went without much production out of Miller. Going from Packers killer to obscurity all in one calendar year is hard. The 2021 season for Miller was injury riddled, limiting him to just five catches for 38 yards.

Miller is fully aware of his drop off in production and has worked hard to get back to form. He hopes in doing do he will regain the coaches attention with a strong training camp.

“I think the coaches have given me a good opportunity to do a lot of different things,” Miller stated to the media. “In college I used to play pretty much only in the slot and option routes and stuff like that. I haven’t really been able to showcase that the last couple of years, but this year they’ve given me the opportunity to show those things. I think that’s one of the best parts of my game — people might think I’m just a deep threat guy but that’s just because they don’t know what else I can do, so. I’m just trying to show that I can be very versatile and do a lot of different things to help the team out.”

Miller knows the competition is stiff and the team is loaded at the receiver position

“It’s not a lot of spots available, there are four guaranteed and a couple up for grabs between a lot of very good players, as well,” Miller stated. “That’s something as a receiver and as a player you can’t really think about. You just have to go out there and grind and do the best you can and be your best self every day, just keep improving every day. That’s really my mindset, I try not to think about down the road and what’s going to happen. I just try to be the best player I can be, and I know it’s going to work out at some point.”

Miller has his work cut-out for him in training camp this season. When you already have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage and Julio Jones, there’s not a lot of wiggle room if you’re Miller. The most important thing for Miller is staying healthy. His availability and the speed it brings is key for his future on this team. Anything else he can add to that resume will only improve his chance of making the roster.

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