Should the Buccaneers Consider Trading WR Scotty Miller?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are loaded at the wide receiver position heading into the 2022 NFL season. With all that depth comes battles for roster positions. And with roster position battles comes the reality that the team might have to part ways with a quality player.

Enter Bleacher Report…

In a wide receiver room that features Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage and Julio Jones, there’s not a lot of roster positions left for the remaining receivers on the roster. Thankfully the fine folks over at Bleacher Report have an answer. It might not be the answer some of you want, but it’s definitely worth considering.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not make supporters happy by putting fan-favorite wideout Scotty Miller on the block. But the franchise is loaded with wide receiver depth and could get the best haul of any backup by dealing him.”

“Although the club was hamstrung by injuries to the receiving corps during last year’s playoff run, the Bucs have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Russell Gage locked in as their top three options. Julio Jones could play a sizable role as well after signing in late July. Behind those four, Miller would be battling with the likes of Tyler Johnson, Cyril Grayson Jr., and Breshad Perriman to round out the roster.”

A Fan Favorite 

Miller is a fan favorite in the Buccaneers’ fanbase. His performance in 2020 caught people’s attention, but let’s be honest, of you take out the play against the Packers in the playoffs, Miller’s impact has been minimal. To be fair, Miller did post 33 receptions for 501 yards with a touchdown that season. But, that production is easily replaced, and it should be.

Last season Miller was limited by injuries, and when I say “limited” I mean a non-factor. Posting five receptions for 48 yards is paltry at best, laughable at worst. With the additions of Gage and Jones, plus several young guns showing promise in preseason, the writing is on the wall.

Pros and Cons

When you look at the pros and cons of each receiver behind the Buccaneers’ “Big Four”, Miller has the least upside. He doesn’t do well on special teams. His struggles blocking down field are obvious. He isn’t good at going across the middle and his route tree leaves a lot to be desired. In essence, he’s fast, that’s about it. The Buccaneers would do well to be fast in looking for a trading partner for Miller. Better to get something than nothing for or from him.

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