With Bucs training camp quickly approach the PewterReport.com staff asks – and answers – 15 critical camp questions that need to be answered this August as Tampa Bay prepares to embark on the 2019 season. Over the next 15 days PewterReport.com will offer up its thoughts on the topics that the Bucs will need to sort out in order for the team to be successful this season and possibly compete for a long-awaited playoff berth.

These are the things that the PewterReport.com staff will be following closely in camp, and invite our readers to share their thoughts as well in the comment section.

Bucs’ Critical Camp Question No. 11:
Who Wins The Fourth And Fifth WR Jobs?

Justin Watson and Scotty Miller.

With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin stepping into familiar roles as big-bodied, productive downfield targets who already have a relationship with Jameis Winston, and the addition of Breshad Perriman to slide in as the third wide receiver, the battle for the fourth and fifth receiver spots will come down to production in camp and the preseason, and Watson and Miller should keep a firm grip on those spots.

Watson, the Bucs’ fourth-round draft pick in 2018, leads the pack as far as the fourth wide receiver spot goes, but the fifth spot could see much more of a battle. Watson initially started the 2018 season inactive, but quickly found himself a role on nearly every aspect of the Bucs’ special team’s unit, and despite only hauling in one catch for five yards at Cincinnati, was active for 12 games last year.

Watson also spent a lot of time with the “first-team” offense during the Bucs’ offseason workouts due to injuries to Evans and Perriman. With great size at 6-foot-3 and a 4.4 40-yard dash back at his pro day, Watson’s combination of size and speed fits Bruce Arians’ mold for wide receivers to a tee, giving him the potential to be a very dangerous target when given an opportunity.

Bowling Green WR Scotty Miller
Bowling Green WR Scotty Miller – Photo courtesy of Bowling Green

Scotty Miller, the Bucs’ sixth-round pick this year, made a great case for himself through OTAs and mandatory mini-camp, coming up with numerous splash plays and showing that he can be a true threat to take the top off of the defense with his speed.

In his final year at Bowling Green, Miller hauled in nine touchdowns and 1,148 receiving yards on 71 receptions for an impressive 16.2 yards per reception.

While Watson and Miller hold the edge, a number of wildcards could stand out as the team begins to practice with pads and get geared up for the season.

Bobo Wilson, an undrafted free agent from 2017, has played with Winston since their days at Florida State and has managed to keep himself around with the team for two seasons and caught his first touchdown pass last year. K.J. Brent has NFL experience, originally signing with the Raiders before finding his way onto both the Seahawks’ and Colts’ practice squads the past two seasons. Brent and rookie Anthony Johnson have prototypical size for the Bucs’ wideouts. DaMarkus Lodge and Bryant Mitchell, undrafted free agents out of Ole Miss and Northwestern State, also have size and will be interesting players to keep an eye on as camp goes on, in addition to newcomer Xavier Ubosi.

All of these receivers will be names to look out for, but will certainly have their work cut out for them if they want to put pressure on Watson and battle Miller for the final spot by the time the season rolls around in September.

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Alldaway 2.0

Watson and Miller are the favorites right now for #4 and #5. The bigger question is will the Bucs keep a sixth WR?

I would like to see the Bucs keep six WR’s because Arians likes to use a lot of 3 WR sets.

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Captain Sly

If Watson is able to duplicate his production he he displayed last year in pre season action he’s going to be the #3 wideout. I wouldn’t be so quick to just pencil Perriman in especially if he continues dropping passes. His contract is cost prohibitive in this salary crunch year. BA & Licht may see Watson’s production in camp and decide to turn Perriman’s salary into a quality DE or RG help. This roster is still fluid nobody should feel safe.

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chefboho

I like where your head is at Captain. This could indeed be an option. Perhaps once cuts are made in other rosters and if Watson or Miller push hard enough, that might be what happens. Whose to say the Bucs wouldn’t cut Perriman and or JPP just to go after Clowney or a lineman. Training camp is right around the corner and I can’t take it anymore! I’m always optimistic about this team, but with legitimate coaching, I see a 9-7 type season. Go bucs

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TBAtlas

Minor correction, but I believe Watson was a fifth round pick, not a fourth. But yeah, I think he’s a lock for the team unless he really blows it.

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BucWonder

I think Perriman’s salary is guaranteed so cutting him does not create cap space.

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Dman

Great point about Perriman. Miller could be the new speed guy and with both Godwin and Watson legit 4.4 guys and Bobo coming into his own, why spend the extra $$$ on Perriman.

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BigSombrero

The Bucs WR/TE Corps is arguably the most talented AND deepest in the entire NFL. Atlanta, Cincinatti, Cleveland, and Minnesota would round out my top 5.

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fredster

Don’t see Watson or any of our WR’s jumping ahead Perriman. Perriman is faster and has more experience. He was pretty good last year too.

Bucs have good problem with all talent at WR who do they keep.

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BucRy

I’d like us to keep Watson, Miller, and Wilson as our last 3 receivers on the roster…carry 6 of them.

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Alldaway 2.0

Perriman has been in the league four years but is still 25 years old. Never know what these coaches can do with him.

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scubog

At the practice I was fortunate enough to attend, I was really impressed with Scotty Miller. Many of the other wide receivers also looked promising. Should be fun to watch them compete against our young DB’s.

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owlykat

Watson fifth and Scotty Sixth and Bobo should run back punts and kicks and also play Defense on Special Team unless someone gets injured and he has to move up.

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