The Bucs Training Camp Diaries are an annual training camp feature on PewterReport.com and we are fortunate to have two really good players to profile in veteran linebacker Kevin Minter, who will offer up his perspective of Todd Bowles’ defense, and wide receiver Scotty Miller, the Bucs’ sixth-round pick, who will take PewterReport.com readers through the trials and tribulations of rookie life in Bruce Arians’ first training camp in Tampa Bay. Look for Miller’s and Minter’s Bucs Training Camp Diaries twice a week throughout training camp and the preseason.

Miller is battling for a roster spot at wide receiver behind established veterans like Pro Bowler Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Breshad Perriman. The Bucs drafted the 5-foot-11, 174-pound Miller for his blazing 4.4 speed and production as a deep threat at Bowling Green where he caught 215 passes for 2,867 yards (13.3 avg.) and 23 touchdowns. Miller had a huge senior campaign for the Falcons where he caught 71 passes for a career-high 1,148 yards (16.2 avg.) and nine touchdowns.

Outside of Bobo Wilson and Justin Watson, Tampa Bay’s fifth-round pick from a year ago, there isn’t much established competition on the roster. The Bucs have six other receivers in the mix for the final two or three roster spots behind Evans, Godwin and Perriman that are either rookies or first-year players. Miller has a chance to shine in training camp and the preseason, but must be a factor on special teams if he is going to make the final 53-man roster in Tampa Bay. That means either winning the punt or kick return duties, and being willing and able to cover kicks and punts, too.

I Have To Prove I’m Ready

By Scotty Miller as told to Mark Cook

It’s been tough, really tough these past two weeks sitting out with the hamstring injury. Missing the first two games … I was looking forward to playing. I worked really hard to get to that point, then to come down with the injury, it was frustrating. But I have been back out here practicing this week, and I am feeling really good, and looking forward to getting out there and making some plays again.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston and WR Scotty Miller
Bucs QB Jameis Winston and WR Scotty Miller – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

When you are injured and can’t practice, you just have to stay involved mentally and learn. That’s all you can do. That, and work with the trainers and try and get back on the field while taking a lot of mental reps in my head, watching these guys running around. And I learned a lot. And absolutely I wanted to get back out there even before I was ready.

A couple days after the injury, I was like, “Let me get back out there.” But at the end of the day, it is more important to make sure the hamstring is 100 percent healthy so it isn’t a reoccurring issue. I trusted and worked with the trainers, and they came up with a plan. And so far it has worked out really well.

I think the receiver position roster spots are still wide open after our top three (Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Breshad Perriman). We have a lot of really good players here. I think we have like 12 or 13 guys, and really everyone is talented. You aren’t going to be here if you aren’t. I think the competition is wide open. but I don’t worry about numbers. I try not to think about that and just come out here and get better and prove that I am one of those top guys.

On Friday night (against Cleveland) I have to prove I’m ready. I know the playbook, I understand the offense. I now have to prove I am ready mentally and that I can perform on the field as well. So if I can do those things, I think I can put myself in a pretty good spot. I think I was doing well in the spring and before the injury in camp. I was doing well. I think I was getting better. But I can’t worry about that. It won’t do me any good now.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians and WR Scotty Miller
Bucs HC Bruce Arians and WR Scotty Miller – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Our defense has really improve a lot since the opening of camp. I think the one think I have noticed the most is they are communicating. They are always talking. The DBs are always talking. You hear Devin White in there talking, telling everyone what to do. They’ve done a really good job. You keep you eyes out for Devin. He is big dude, he’s fast and strong and I think around 230 pounds. So I don’t want to be taking a hit from him. If I can stay away from him, I will.

Hopefully Bucs fans will just see us making plays this Friday – and on Sundays once the season starts. We have out so much work in – all the players – but also our position group. We have a lot of really good talent. Hopefully you will see me out there on Sundays. We are excited for the year and hopefully we show some flashes and give the fans the wins that they deserve.

Entry 5: It Was Frustrating Just Watching 

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. With his speed, despite his size, I really hope he shows enough to make the team. He could be lethal as a return man where his size could be a plus, being able to duck and cut and get his speed up quick and go for some Home runs. If he can prove valuable as a returner or on Special Teams it will get his foot in the door to get out on the Offense and show that speed.

    Glad to see he’s getting back.

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  2. I feel sorry for Griffin The better he plays the less likely he’s going to make the team.
    If he looks too good they will cut Ryan so they don’t have a quarterback controversy with half of the team wanting him instead of Jameis.Good news if they do cut him he’ll get snapped up by another team

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    • Where do you get your insight to come up with the dumb comments regarding “they will cut Ryan so they don’t have a quarterback controversy with half of the team wanting him instead of Jameis”? Do you have friends on the team that are providing this BS or are you gonna be honest and admit that you are making this crap up?

      You are so sad….

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  3. Yeah Dumb-ass-bob they would have a QB controversy over a guy that’s never played a snap in a real game against starters for almost 10 years in the NFL. Your such an annoying dipshit! Clueless moron that’s never right about anything.

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    • @fredster come on dude, you know that clown only says dumb shit for attention. Anyone who thinks Griffen is a threat to Jameis is so lost that he’ll never be found. I find him to be humorous at this point. Most of the time I don’t even read his post, I just give it a thumbs down because we all know he has nothing of importance to say.

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  4. The best ability is availability I’ve heard.

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  5. I agree totally Spitfire.

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  6. Futz was and would have stayed the perfect Backup QB if people were t dumb enough to really think he could have any kind of sustained success. He has proven time and time again that he will let you down over the course of an entire season and no longer has any upside. He is what he is, a great Backup WB that at least has a chance to go in and win a game or two if you need him to. I wished him Luck when he left but once people were blinded by the 2 good games he had and thought he should be in for the long haul I no longer even wanted him here, because with him that only leads to Heartbreak.

    I really hope they give Griffin a chance to play in a few games because if he has what it takes to at least fill in or take over and at least be competent if Winston gets hurt then we will know for sure, otherwise we will ask the question year after year if we should find someone else or keep him. I’d like to at least find out.

    Hey, if Winston doesn’t progress this year maybe we’ve had a hidden starter there all along! In that unlikely and unfortunate situation it would be nice to have the help already there, but the chances of that are as good as the Troll not getting an automatic thumbs down from 9 out of 10 commenters 😂

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  7. Fredster And the chef this also goes up to a couple two or three other of you it’s really simple Jameis is a bust any decent quarterback is better than a bust, That said you people will own this team you’ve been in support of everything from Bruce Arians to the dumping of seven good players you think it’s great the GM contract was extended. History shows this thing is going to be bad keeping the same quarterback and bringing in retired old coaches is going to ensure it.You’ll get your first test Friday night first quarter and that old sick feeling Will come back and your stomach.But it won’t be till the fourth or fifth game of the season until you figured it out !
    I am fine predicting doom for a team that has been bad for 10 years but you guys to put your reputation on the line that this team is going to be wonderful they’re 16 other NFL games coming to prove you wrong!

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  8. I am a fan of the Bucs I would love for them to win but putting a smiley face on every move this general manager makes isn’t going to change the Losing.
    yes I’m negative on this team but without major change at the top nothing is going to help make this team win.
    The contract extension just took away all Hope I had Now the only thing I can do is pray for an NFL intervention like happened at Cleveland the NFL sent John Dorsey to save the Cleveland owners from them selves

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  9. Folks, this team has been bad for the lasted decade because there has been Too Much change at the top. Also, the owners aren’t going anywhere😒

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    • 5 years GM team dead last place 4 out of 5 including last 2 in a row,And you are happy with GM wow amazing things people want.

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  10. How did the talk go to Winston, and Griffin? For some reason, fans here love them some Scotty Miller, I don’t get it. I guess they identify with little white guys with marginal talent. Like when we let Humphries go, they thought it was the end of a dynasty, what a joke. Speaking of Hump, I watched the Titans game, and didn’t see him play. Is he hurt?

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  11. BUC-ASS-BOB. When you look at life through the bottom of a toilet, everything looks like shit. You are a toilet dweller.

    I do hope Miller has a Schnell type game. It would mean we have two water bugs that will distract defenses by zipping all over the place. They will keep defenses honest and give our top 3 more opportunities. That is what Humphries gave us (among other value). But two would be awesome.

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  12. Itch, I am bitching about the management of a team that is at the bottom of the NFC south last place team that lost talent this year from last year team all based on fairy tale that a coach who won “1” lucky win in 1 play off game his whole head coach career and was blown out the second and his last playoff game, had a losing record last 2 years left AZ his 5 years at AZ left AZ with the worst team in league they won first pick 2019 draft !
    I am the only one talking about these facts, so you call it toilet talk.

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  13. Tomorrow first quarter will be a small tell of what the Bucs are bringing to season , anything after 1st quarter means nothing, I will be watching open minded.

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  14. One has every reason to bitch about the management of this team over the last dozen years. No question about it. But complaining about the appointment of Bruce Arians as coach simply is not justified by the facts. Burce Arians did not have a losing record in 2017. His record was 8-8. Moreover, Carson Palmer broke his hand in Game 7. Without Carson Palmer, the Cardinals finished 5-4, starting games with Gabbert (5) and Stanton (4). Palmer was hurt in several other years and is nothing short of amazing that Arians won 9 of 13 games with Stanton. Complain all you want about the Buccaneers performance over the past 12 years, but dissing a coach who has twice been named coach of the year and has a 49-30-1 record as a head coach, no that is not justified by the facts. Not unless you hate old people. There is nothing in his record that would justify the kind of animosity directed toward him. Five ears as offensive coordinator of the Steelers, his offenses finished 3, 2, 6, 2, and 1 in yardage differential; 5 years in Arizona, 6, 24, 5, 2 & 6. And the last two games of his career in Arizona were wins. He could have just mailed it in. Watch him on the sidelines; does he look like a retired person? Do the Buccaneers look like a hopeless team? I’ll be the first one to grant that the preseason games are relatively meaningless and should not be used to make predictions. Nevertheless, the Buccaneers won time of possession in both games (by 5 minutes in each game) and they outyarded the opposition by more than 150 yards, had more first downs, etc. In other words, they looked like a professional football team. Does this mean the season will be successful? No, it does not. Go ahead, complain about the condition of the salary cap, but Bruce Arians had no control over that and it is simply unfair if not unethical, to bad-mouth him as a “loser” based on no meaningful data. Let’s wait and see what he does. So far, there is reason for optimism. Sure, if you want to cherry-pick the two years out of a whole career where his team struggles, a team that lost their top running back and quarterback for most of that time, then you can make him look average. But it is damn tough to win in the NFL and a 60% plus career winning average is not mediocre. he didn’t leave Arizona with the worst team in the league; they were 8-8; if they had been the worst team in the league, the Cleveland quarterback would be playing in Arizona. You just look like an idiot when you say things like that. You might want to complain about Mike McCoy who actually was the one who destroyed Bruce Arian’s offense in Arizona.

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    • I said his last 2 seasons were losing 15-1-16 I did not say it was last place team in 2017 I said he left the cardinals with team that was worst team that won the first pick in last draft .
      That team was the product of 5 years of Bruce Arians last place 2018.
      When Gruden won the super bowl Bucs played the raiders a team Gruden built so Gruden new team played his old team i Super Bowl .
      This year Arians new team Bucs will play AZ for the draft bowl to see who gets the first pick in 2020 draft he will be coaching against AZ the team he left.
      Malcom got a coach from the best team in league Raiders , his kids did the opposite hired a coach who built the worst team in league Cards.
      Common sense would tell everybody Arians was a flop in AZ, just look at the team he left there.
      But we live on hopeum on this site, talk him up all day fellows the season is coming.
      Bruce Arians 2013–2017 Wins 49 30 losses 1 “.619” 5 years just over 500 team
      1 playoff win 1 playoff loss , all three of the other coaches in NFC south have much better resume and record than that

      Steve Wilks*coaching the house Brucie built 2018 wins 3 13 Loses 0 .188 —

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  15. BUC-ASS-BOB, not trying to pile on, but there is truth to the power of positive thinking. Each season is a new season. I am a self-professed Bucs masochist, by choice. But positivity is what makes the world spin. Negativity drags it down. You, spout negativity. Try putting on some different lenses and life will look brighter, and maybe that positive energy will help our Bucs win.

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    • Hey Itch how that positive thinking worked for you last 12 years

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      • The Patriots sucked once too…

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    • its darn hard to stay positive when your team has NOT..made the playoffs in over a decade. I mean I you were bettin on the Bucs in Vegas all them years, You’d surely be dead Broke. I’ll wait and see how this season develops. Like I said, we been losing for so long, 8-8 would be like the playoffs for a lot of us.

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  16. Hey suck-ass-blob, your boy Fitzpatrick is 5-17 in pre season in Miami going into game tonight btw moron. Better bench him.

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  17. If Winston was 5-17 after 2 pre season games suck-ass-slob would be crying like the little troll ass bitch he is. Lol.

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  18. Since we took care of our defensive back problem in the draft we should be fine. I really believe teams will have a hard time scoring against us.

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  19. Play hard Mr. Miller. You never know about this NFl. Some other team might pick you up.

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  20. Miller just has to showcase his speed and make some plays to stick. Bucs need a deep threat to clear out routes underneath in case Perriman hits his injury bug. E. Hall is in a similar boat so the competition tomorrow night will be intense.

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  21. How sad that our young rookie WR devotes some of his time to chat with Mark Cook and Bob turns the comments into gagging up of his oft repeated “talking points”. To wit: 1.) Winston is a bust. 2.) Arians is not a good coach anymore. 3.) Jason Licht sucks. 4.) Vae is fat and out of shape. 5.) White sucks already. 6.) Griffin should be starting. 7.) Glazers have ruined the team. 8.) Love those Broncos. 9.) 2019 roster is weaker for losing Jackson. 10.) Everything sucks.

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    • Scbog your are correct it is sad I have to be like this.

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      • You have chosen to be “like this” and enjoy wallowing in what I believe is your fake on-line character known as Buc-Ass-Bob. I believe you’re just like most of the rest of us and take on this cesspool dwelling alter-ego as a defense to the disappointment we all have endured for so many seasons.

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  22. I am “itching” to see if Hall shows up tonight.

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