Scotty Miller was already emerging as a frontrunner to contribute for the Buccaneers as the third wide receiver, but now he may take on an expanded role on special teams.
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With Dare Ogunbowale’s departure, there is a new opening for a kick returner and special teams captain. Miller only played three special teams reps last season, but he could emerge as a contender to earn the job as the special teams captain if the team doesn’t choose Kevin Minter or Ryan Smith.
Miller is still a very young player, but Ogunbowale also earned the captainship in a similar manner. The second-year man from Bowling Green already has a leg up on where Ogunbowale was last season, and his athleticism could help spark a fire for the special teams returns.
Jaydon Mickens could provide some competition for Miller in the return game, but using both seems like the likely option, with Miller being the longer-tenured Buccaneer player.
Taking on a role as a captain would be a huge step up for Miller, but it is clear that Miller can lead by example with his level of play and may be able to stay on the roster and retain his role longer than Ogunbowale.