The Buccaneers don’t use Scotty Miller nearly enough, but he could be the solution to one of their biggest problems this year.
The Buccaneer offense has been undeniably better when Scotty Miller gets the ball. Tom Brady and Miller had developed an immediate connection that was stifled when Antonio Brown was signed, and the offense has looked worse as a result.
Miller received 38 targets through the first eight weeks, and the Buccaneers went six and two. During the next four games, Miller has only received five targets, and the Bucs have dropped three of those games.
Tampa Bay doesn’t have many options in this scenario. Antonio Brown is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL still, and they can’t take touches away from him, Mike Evans, or Chris Godwin. Miller is left with the scraps, and Brady has performed worse as a result.
The Bucs will have to get creative if they want to find new ways to get Miller the ball, but they also have some major offensive issues at the moment.
Tom Brady currently doesn’t have a consistent pass-catcher out of the backfield. The Buccaneer running backs have dropped balls like they were hand grenades all season, and this has also played into decreased offensive efficiency.
If the Buccaneers wanted to solve two issues at once, their best bet could be to use Miller as their primary pass-catching running back.