Size isn’t everything
One of the biggest knocks on this idea is Miller’s size. Listed at 5’11” and 174 pounds on the Buccaneer website, it’s safe to assume that Miller is actually a bit smaller than that.
Given his small stature, Miller will be a liability in the blocking game. The Buccaneers have been slightly better with this aspect in 2020, but Miller would take the unit back to 2019 as a blocker.
The good news is that the Bucs wouldn’t need Miller to block that often. The Bucs would have to occasionally throw Miller in as a blocker to prevent teams from keying in on the play, but they can script quick passes to get the ball out early and avoid any significant issues.
Even though Miller is small, numerous other teams have gotten away with small backs on third down. Players like Tarik Cohen are far from an ideal size at the position and still find ways to create success.
Miller would likely want to get in the weight room if this would be a long-term transition, but the Buccaneers would only need to make this work for a season. Scotty Miller’s upside as a pass-catchers far outweighs his drawbacks as a blocker, and the Buccaneers should look into this before it’s too late to save the offense.
Want to have thousands of people read your takes about the Buccaneers? Apply below!