3 options that can catch at running back for Buccaneers to call ASAP
By Rob Leeds
Instead of looking outside of Tampa Bay, the Bucs could pull off something that is slightly less conventional in-house.
Scotty Miller has been the forgotten man in Tampa Bay ever since Antonio Brown was signed. The Bucs have no choice but to play Brown over most other options, but this does not leave out the fact that Miller was on a tear at the start of the season.
If Miller is playing well and the Bucs need a new way to get him on the field, what better way is there than sticking him in at running back on third down?
As fans are assuredly already getting bothered at the mere notion of a receiver stepping into a receiving-based position on the field, what is the real difference between Miller and a player like Tarik Cohen? Cohen is a bit more dense, but the similarities are there.
Miller has excellent hands, great chemistry with Brady, and would step in as one of the fastest running backs in the entire NFL. Tampa Bay doesn’t need him to run between the tackles, but Miller has even shown that he can take a hit during some massive hits so far this season. The Bucs would be wise to minimize this as an occurrence, but Miller could dominate on passing downs and opportunities on the outside.
While this is clearly a radical idea, it should show just how dire the need is at third-down back for the Buccaneers and how strange it is that Tampa Bay continues to keep one of their most successful players on the bench.