If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are without All-Pro receiver Chris Godwin in their week two matchup with the Panthers, Scotty Miller may get a chance to shine.
According to Greg Auman, star wide receiver Chris Godwin could be out for the Buccaneers in the critical matchup this weekend against a division rival due to NFL concussion protocol. If Godwin is indeed unable to play, Scotty Miller looks like the next man up.
Tampa Bay isn’t new to the scene of losing players to injuries regularly. Evans and Godwin both missed time last season, but the Bucs were ready with the next available players.
As far as depth is concerned, Scotty Miller is a fantastic piece that could have a breakout game in his first start of the season. Tom Brady and Miller showed an instant connection in the first game, and additional reps could have Miller well over 100 receiving yards this week.
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The Buccaneers will still have the rest of their primary weapons, but Godwin’s potential absence would hurt. He was the top receiver for the Bucs last week, and consistency is key for allowing the team to recover from their opening loss.
With Mike Evans as the clear number one option and with the wealth of depth at tight end, the Bucs should feel more comfortable to bring Scotty Miller into the game as the WR2 while still airing the ball out.
Miller looked confident on the field, even though the offensive play-calling tied the Buccaneer passing attack down, and Miller should see even more targets this week in an expanded role.
It may be too soon to start calling Miller one of the most underrated receivers in the league, but a few more weeks of what was seen last Sunday, and he should be squarely in that conversation.
If Miller does get the nod as the starter, expect the second-year receiver to be in contention as one of Brady’s top targets for the second week in a row.