The Buccaneers need to get Scotty Miller on the field in the weeks ahead
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to find a way to get Scotty Miller going in the coming weeks if they want to open back up the offense.
There has been a major problem within the Buccaneers offense- at least for the most part- over the course of the last few weeks and it’s been tough to place the finger on the source of the blame.
Some want to blame Tom Brady for his inability to connect on the deep ball. Others look at the offensive line and their inconsistencies. Still, there’s a large contingent of the Tampa Bay fan base who has pegged poor play-calling as the reasoning behind the offense’s troubles.
It’s certainly true that the Bucs have struggled to get anything going. The offense seems to be stubbornly moving ahead with things that aren’t working and much of that has to do with the inability to convert on the deep ball.
That’s where Scotty Miller comes in for the Buccaneers
What many don’t remember is that Miller was actually one of the leading receivers earlier in the season when both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin experienced injuries and before Antonio Brown was added to the roster.
One small note that I’m seeing from opposing defenses in the last few weeks is that they’re inching up closer and almost trying to force Brady’s hand to throw deep.
The problem is two-fold. The wide receivers aren’t creating separation and Brady isn’t consistently throwing an accurate pass. Even when he is, it’s basically a 50/50 ball because the wideouts are battling with their defender.
Though he sometimes get overlooked, Miller at the very least is a guy who can create some separation and serve as deep-ball threat. The defense has to at least respect his speed and route-running ability, and that’s why we need to see more of him.
The Bucs have to find a way to open up the offense and putting Miller back in action on a more consistent basis and having him try to take the top off the defense will open up intermediate routes for guys like Evans, Godwin and Brown.