On Sunday against the Falcons, one Bucs personnel change confounded viewers. Recently-signed wide receiver Breshad Perriman dominated the No. 3 wide receiver role with 59 snaps. In comparison, Tyler Johnson played just nine reps, while Scotty Miller received only four snaps in Atlanta. In the weeks leading up to Week 13, Johnson had led the trio in snap counts by an overwhelming margin, while Perriman was an afterthought.

Perriman was initially brought in by the Bucs as an insurance policy. When Antonio Brown’s ankle sprain didn’t heal in a timely fashion, Perriman was claimed off waivers from the Bears. This was the former first rounder’s second stint in Tampa Bay, playing for head coach Bruce Arians back in 2019. So after just one month, why is Perriman being entrusted with the WR3 role over Johnson or Miller?

“BP [Breshad Perriman] has had a couple good weeks of practice,” Arians said on Monday. “He brings an explosiveness out there. It was a game where I felt like – Tyler [Johnson] has been playing [well], Scotty [Miller] has been playing [well], but I wanted to get [Perriman] on the field more. He does block well, and he does everything. It was more just getting him the reps.”

While we have not seen much of “everything” from Perriman in his time back with the Buccaneers, his previous stats show he has more potential. In Arians’ first season coaching Tampa Bay, Perriman was dynamic. The UCF product had 15 catches of 20+ yards, showing serious splash play potential. Perriman accumulated 645 yards and six touchdowns in limited action that season. While many fans want to see reps given to the “future” of a franchise, the Buccaneers clearly prefer to rely on more seasoned players.

Have A Little Patience With Perriman, Bucs Fans

As the Bucs head into an important Week 14 matchup, do not be surprised to see Perriman continue in the No. 3 wide receiver spot. The Bills possess great defensive speed, which the Bucs will want to challenge with their own skill players.

Bucs WR Breshad Perriman

Bucs WR Breshad Perriman – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“It’s going to be a hell of a challenge,” Arians said. “Offensively, same thing. They’ve got a hell of a pass rush and a ton of speed. I think Leslie Frazier is one of the best coaches in the league, as is Sean McDermott. So yeah, we’re going to have our hands full. We’re going to need a lot of fan support.”

Believe it or not, Perriman could be an acceptable fit against this challenge. The 7-year pro is the fastest wide receiver on the Bucs roster, according to his 4.26 pro day 40-yard dash. Aside from his speed, Perriman’s blocking ability can be useful against the Bills defense. Maybe the 28-year old just needs extra time to get re-acclimated in the Buccaneers system. That could explain his slow start this season. Through three games, Perriman has just three receptions for 24 yards and two drops. But, with a little more seasoning, this could be the week that Perriman puts up significant numbers in the box score.

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drdneast
drdneast
6 months ago

Let’s face it, Tyler Johnson hasn’t exactly been lighting up the stat sheet all year despite getting a fair amount of playing time. Against Washington, when he was needed the most, he practically disappeared. With most teams now empoying a Cover Two against the Bucs, Scotty Miller’s speed has been negated and at 175 pounds, his blocking isn’t exactly the most effective. Our vaunted fourth round pick that the media gushed about hasn’t made a dent and also disppeared against the WFT except for one catch. So with all those factors combined, it is little wonder that BA is searching… Read more »

gcolerick
gcolerick
Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

Definitely concur with AB remaining on this year’s roster. Not only would they miss his production but I don’t think they want to see him in another team’s jersey through the playoffs this year.

plopes808
plopes808
6 months ago

I found myself all game asking, “Where is Scooter?” and now we have the answer. I was worried he may have been one of the players BA talked about having a bad week of practice and not seeming motivated.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
6 months ago

Scottie Miller is a one trick pony meaning once you erase him as a deep threat he has nothing left to offer. Receivers have to block in BA’s system and that’s where Perriman gets the nod. Perriman in the Falcons game was about match ups and the young, talented AJ Terrell was going to erase anybody on his side not named Mike Evans anyway. I can definitely see Perriman starting again over Tyler Johnson Sunday since TJ seems to be better suited for the Godwin slot role.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  Captain Sly
6 months ago

Tyler Johnson also seems to be at the wrong place and wrong time, either running the wrong route. Maybe from not seeing the same defense as Brady and adjust his route to adapt.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
6 months ago

It takes some time for Tom Brady to develop a good feel for how receivers will perform and how they’ll position themselves after the snap. TB-12 has developed that relationship with Evans, Godwin, Gronk, and Fournette so naturally they get nearly all the targets. Given time that can change with Perriman, just as it did with the others except Gronk, with whom Brady already had that relationship many years ago on the Pats. Also, writers and fans, particularly in this age of fantasy football, tend to only look at base stats like numbers of targets and numbers of receptions and… Read more »

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
6 months ago

Johnson has been a big disappointment. I thought we would see him step up with AB out and it hasn’t happened. But Perriman has equally been disappointing in limited action. I’d like to see Miller get some more reps in the coming weeks. He has shown the ability to make impact plays in big games. Give him a chance to do it some more.