Buccaneers veteran on the hot seat despite doing everything right

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller is about to find his seat heating up even after playing well in the preseason opener.

The offensive players that seem to be getting the most love after the Buccaneers preseason loss to the Dolphins are Kyle Trask, Tyler Johnson, Rachaad White, and basically every other receiver that isn’t named Scotty Miller.

Despite several undrafted guys flashing on the stat sheet, Miller finished the game with no catches.

Many people are going to see this as a major detraction in his game, and perhaps it does shift the totem pole a little bit with guys like Tyler Johnson and Jaelon Darden playing well, but Miller didn’t have the bad game that most would think.

The first time in the night where the game took a foul turn for Miller was when Blaine Gabbert hit an earlier read to Darden for a touchdown when Miller was basically uncovered in the middle of the field.

That was essentially a dealer’s choice move and it ended in a touchdown, so it is hard to say that Gabbert should’ve moved on to his next read, but Miller was wide open in the end zone.

The second missed opportunity came when Kyle Trask under-threw Miller just slightly when he was starting to break away from a defender with nothing but open field ahead. An on-target pass was easily a very long touchdown. It instead went into the book as an incompletion.

If Buccaneers quarterbacks hit their wide open receiver last night, Miller would’ve finished the game with the most receiving yards and two touchdowns on just two receptions. The narrative would’ve been wildly differently then, and it isn’t even like these mistakes were on Miller.

The coming weeks are going to reveal plenty, and it would be very surprising to see the Buccaneers cut Scotty Miller based on box score results alone, but it did feel like Jaelon Darden and Tyler Johnson did well to keep their spots safe last night.

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