The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Breshad Perriman and drafted Scotty Miller, but who is to be trusted as the team’s third wide receiver?
With the departure of wide receiver Desean Jackson to the Philadelphia Eagles, Adam Humphries to the Tennessee Titans and Chris Godwin presumably stepping into the second wide receiver role for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there is a wide open job for the taking for the third receiver spot. The Bucs and general manager Jason Licht have added only two receivers via free agency and the NFL draft and both players are not exactly the most exciting of prospects to fill the role.
The main man expected to take the most snaps is the former Baltimore Ravens first round pick and most recently a Cleveland Browns wideout, Breshad Perriman. Perriman has been a bust up to this point in his NFL career after going 26th overall in 2015 by way of the University of Central Florida, but has seemed to turned things around as of late after a forgettable 2017 season.
In three seasons Perriman has totaled 59 catches for 916 yards and five touchdowns. Being on a new team and in a new city is exactly what Perriman needs to try and put his lackluster start behind him. If Perriman can stay in good health he should be able to take advantage on the single coverage he’ll be getting while opposing defenses focus on Evans and Godwin. There will be plenty of targets to go around in this offense and if Jameis Winston can rely on Perriman to make catches he could have the most productive year of his career.
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The lone offensive skill player the Bucs drafted this past April in Nashville was four year wideout Scotty Miller of Bowling Green University. Miller will look to carve out a role as the team’s primary slot wide receiver and to replace the production of Adam Humphries.
Miller was ultra productive in college and totaled 2,867 yards, 23 touchdowns and 215 catches while topping 1,000 yards in 2018. Miller is a super fast and shifty player and his 4.36 speed will come in handy in the slot. Head coach Bruce Arians previously mentioned Chris Godwin would take snaps out of the slot this season, so Miller will likely serve as a rotational receiver until he can prove he deserves a starting role.
Both of these players have little to no fantasy value in standard and points per reception formats until they can prove they’re worthy of being rostered. Both players are learning a new offense and building chemistry with a new quarterback so keep and eye on these two as the season progresses. Miller is to be desired in dynasty leagues as a late round guy who has long-term upside with little to no risk in acquiring him.
With the 2019 season right around the corner, both Perriman and Miller will look to carve out their role on the Buccaneers and prove they belong. Until then avoid them in fantasy football, but keep an eye on the two explosive players on the gridiron.