Buccaneers contributor in danger of not being on the roster this fall

Scotty Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Scotty Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Scotty Miller’s time with the Buccaneers could be coming to an end this year.

Buccaneers fans may love wide receiver Scotty Miller and what he brings to the table. His touchdown catch against Green Bay was one of the best moments in franchise history.

But even moments as great as a playoff miracle aren’t enough to keep guys on teams like the Bucs forever.

Miller is a decent receiver with good speed for the modern game, but that means little when every one of his competitors on the roster brings what he does and more.

Let’s look at Tampa’s wide receiver depth chart as it stands:

Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Russell Gage are the starters. There is nothing on the planet that will get these guys out of the top spots going forward. The depth has a bit more flexibility, but there are still a few sure names there as well.

Tyler Johnson and Jaelon Darden also aren’t going anywhere. Johnson has a decent upside after two seasons, but Tampa’s coaches have been clear in the past that they expect more from him. Still, the talent is there, and the Bucs like Johnson as a depth option with reliability.

Darden may be coming off a terrible season, but he also isn’t going anywhere. The Bucs aren’t going to trade up to draft a guy in the fourth round to cut him after one year. It just isn’t happening.

That brings us to five spots filled, and we have several names remaining that aren’t Scotty Miller.

Breshad Perriman and Cyril Grayson both have the speed that Miller posses but also size and talent as blockers. If the Bucs want to have guys to threaten vertically while not giving up by using an undersized guy on the outside, both of these options are much better than Miller.

That brings us to seven, and we haven’t even gotten to the draft or free agency. The Bucs could easily take a talented receiver early, or perhaps they target a free agent like Julio Jones.

Scotty Miller might have been the third guy on this team at one point, but those days are over. Miller projects to be the sixth or seventh guy in this unit at best, and that just isn’t worth the Bucs avoiding other guys for.

It may be hard to stomach, but the Bucs need to start shopping Miller before they have to cut him for nothing.

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