FAB 2. Miller Aiming For Bucs’ No. 3 WR Role

Breshad Perriman is gone, turning a brilliant three-game streak down the stretch in 2019 into a one-year, $6 million contract with the New York Jets in free agency. Incentives can push that deal to $8 million, which was just too rich for Tampa Bay’s liking. The Bucs wanted their No. 3 wide receiver back, but at a price that was similar to last year’s one-year $4 million deal.

With Pro Bowler Mike Evans averaging $16.5 million per year and the team wanting to extend the contract of fellow Pro Bowler Chris Godwin by the start of the 2020 season and give him a raise that would pay him an average of at least $11 million per season, throwing another $6 million at the receiver position was just too much for the Bucs’ salary cap in 2020.

Bucs WR Scotty Miller
Bucs WR Scotty Miller – Photo by: Getty Images

Perriman won’t return, and head coach Bruce Arians has already put the kibosh on Tampa Bay potentially signing troublesome wide receiver Antonio Brown. It’s doubtful the team trades for Patriots wide receiver and Tom Brady’s best friend, Julian Edelman, although Jon Ledyard’s idea has some logic and merit.

So if the Bucs don’t select a wide receiver like Henry Ruggs III in the first round or another top talent on Day 2 in a deep draft class at the position, who will replace Perriman?

Scotty Miller, the Bucs’ sixth-round draft pick, is gunning for the No. 3 receiver position in 2020. During his rookie season, which was limited due to some hamstring strains, Miller had 13 catches for 200 yards (15.4 avg.) and one score, in addition to one carry for 18 yards.

“I don’t like to look at numbers (on the depth chart) and necessarily go for specific spots,” Miller said. “I’m the type of person that just tries to be the best he can be on an everyday basis. Wherever that lands me, it lands me. But obviously, with B.P. going to the Jets that spot is open and I’m going to want to be on the field as much as possible next year to help this team win games. I’ll do everything in my power to do that. Hopefully I can get that spot, play as much as I can, make as many plays as I can and help us win as much as we can.”

After being absent for a good deal of training camp due to a hamstring injury, Miller was slow to make an impact on offense because of all of the reps he missed with quarterback Jameis Winston. But as hamstring injuries hit the receiver position hard last year, beginning with Breshad Perriman in Week 4 at Los Angeles, Miller moved up the depth chart.

Bucs WR Scotty Miller – Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs WR Scotty Miller – Photo by: Getty Images

Miller’s most extensive action came at home against New Orleans in November when he had a season-high four catches for 71 yards (17.8 avg.), including a season-long 48-yarder, and nearly scored his first touchdown after being tackled at the 1-yard line. A few weeks later at Detroit, Miller had three catches for 49 yards (16.3 avg.) and his first career touchdown while filling in for the injured Evans, who had a season-ending hamstring injury against Indianapolis the week prior, only to pull his own hamstring again and join Evans on IR.

“Catching that touchdown was a dream come true – an awesome, unforgettable moment,” Miller said. “It was in Detroit, and I’m from Chicago, so it was the closest game I had to my hometown. I went to school in Ohio about two hours away from Detroit and had all my buddies there. I probably had close to 50 people there, so to have that moment in front of all those people was special.

“It was a long time coming. I had the Saints catch that was close to scoring. I had the Seahawks one where I stepped out of bounds before I caught the touchdown. I had one against the Falcons where I was close. To finally get that touchdown was a great feeling and hopefully there are a lot of those to come.”

Getting his hamstrings healthy has been Miller’s No. 1 priority as he trains this offseason in Tampa Bay.

“Availability is the number one thing for anyone on the NFL,” Miller said. “What we’ve talked about is staying hydrated. Just drinking a lot of water every single day down here, especially in this heat with training camp. Then it’s coming in early and rolling out every day, but really it’s in the offseason with the training. Last offseason I was really training for my pro day and I wasn’t working on specific muscle groups. I was training for all these specific drills like the 40-yard dash and the shuttle, but now I can really focus my training on what I need to make me the best football player I can be. I was on IR, so I needed to get cleared and work on specific drills to strengthen both of my hamstrings, as I’ve dealt with injuries to both in the past. Hopefully it won’t be a problem going forward and doesn’t hold me back in my career.”

The 5-foot-9 Miller is also hitting the weight room to add some size this offseason.

Bucs WR Scotty Miller
Bucs WR Scotty Miller – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“Right now I would say I’m in the best shape of my life because I can focus on what I want to focus on,” Miller said. “In college you have to do what the strength staff wants you to do and you’re lumped in with everybody else on the team. So it’s not as specific as what you may need. I’ve been focused on getting stronger this year. I’m weighing about 176, which I’m very happy about. During the season I lost a couple of pounds and probably dipped in the 160s at some points, but was around 170 for the most part.

“Now at the start of the season I want to be around 180 and then dip down to about 175. I think that will help my game, especially if I am doing more slot stuff. It will help me with my blocking and just being able to absorb hits and get defensive backs’ hands off me. Every pound matters for a guy like me, but speed is my calling card. It’s what’s gotten me this far and I’ve always got to be able to take the top off a defense.”

Like his Buccaneers teammates, Miller was ecstatic to hear that future Hall of Famer Tom Brady will be the team’s new quarterback in 2020. Catching passes from the greatest quarterback to play the position has been a dream come true for the Bowling Green product.

“It was pretty crazy hearing that,” Miller said. “Everybody is really excited. I grew up watching him. He’s as old as my dad is, but Tom Brady is the best that’s ever done it. I don’t think anyone can argue that. To be able to play with him and catch passes from him is an unbelievable opportunity. I’m definitely going to learn a lot from him and soak up as much as I can from him.”

Patriots WR Julian Edelman and QB Tom Brady
Patriots WR Julian Edelman and Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Getty Images

Edelman has been Brady’s top target over the last 10 years in New England, and has helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls and was named the MVP of Super Bowl LIII. Similarly built at 5-foot-10, 198 pounds, Edelman has been one of the receivers Miller has emulated for several years.

“I studied him in college a lot,” Miller said. “I would pick out some guys to study each offseason and Edelman, Cole Beasley and DeSean Jackson were a couple of them. I’ve watched a lot of him. Edelman is a quick guy that really works the option routes and can really do a lot of stuff. I think I’m similar to him, but obviously we have our differences. I’m smaller, but faster than he is, and he is a little stronger than I am and maybe quicker. I’m definitely going to watch some more of him and I’m sure Tom is going to try to show me some of the things Edelman did so I can learn from him.

“Obviously Edelman has had a great career and accomplished a lot in the league. I’ve got a lot to prove still – I’m a young guy. But I have a lot of confidence in myself that I can be that caliber of player, and hopefully get on the same page with Tom and catch a lot of balls.”

Despite missing a lot of playing time due to his hamstring injuries, Miller was able to soak up a bunch of knowledge watching the Bucs’ Pro Bowl pair of Evans and Godwin in practice and in the meeting rooms.

“I learned so much from them, especially how hard they work every single day,” Miller said. “A lot of people from the outside world may think that Mike Evans, as big as he is at 6-foot-5, and with him running like he can, that he just goes out there and doesn’t work that hard because he’s so naturally talented. But he gets after it every single day. 

“CG does, too. Jameis might have beaten him into the facility, but CG was the second one in the building and one of the last to leave. That’s a true statement. That’s a fact. He’s always working on his body and eating right. He’s always studying the game. He’s one of the smartest guys around. I’m different from those guys, but I can pick up stuff from their games and they really helped me in my rookie year.”

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Like all rookies, Miller had his share of “Wow!” moments being in the NFL for the first time, from his first preseason game, to his first regular season game, to his first catch, to his first touchdown. But he knows that another “Wow!” moment is coming when he huddles up with Brady, a 20-year NFL veteran and the league’s No. 2 all-time passer, for the first time.

“It’s wild because I was a little star-struck at first in the huddle last year with Mike and Jameis,” Miller said. “It’s so crazy that now it’s going to be Tom Brady throwing me the ball or looking at me in the huddle. It’s going to be a wild experience, but at the end of the day you have to remember it’s just football, so you’ve got to do your job, run the right routes and catch the ball. As crazy as it is to have Tom Brady in our huddle, you just have to stay calm and do your job.”

Do your job.

That’s the Patriots’ mantra, and it’s a mantra that Brady will be bringing to the Bucs in 2020.

If Miller does his job and beats out fellow veteran Justin Watson, who had a career-high 15 catches for 159 yards (10.6 avg.) and two touchdowns last year as injuries mounted at the wide receiver position, he could earn Tampa Bay’s No. 3 receiver role and replace Perriman and perhaps be Brady’s Bucs version of Edelman.

But Miller just doesn’t want to win the No. 3 receiver spot. He wants to win, period.

Bucs WR Scotty Miller
Bucs WR Scotty Miller – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I think we showed we could do a little bit last year, going on that three- or four-game winning streak there at the end when most of us were healthy,” Miller said of Tampa Bay’s 6-2 finish after a 2-6 start to the season. “I think that showed us what we could do. This year with the moves we made, obviously with Tom and bringing back most of our defense, we all know that we have the talent we need to win a lot of football games.

“We’re definitely all hungry this offseason. I keep in touch with all of the guys and everyone is working hard right now, especially with Tom coming to town. He wants to win another Super Bowl, and we’re going to do everything we can to get him another ring.”

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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Scott you might be right about picking a wide receiver in the first round black; it does make sense based on this scenario is that you have given. I would love to get Cam Akers in the second round but realistically he’s not going to be there. Yes Winston is no bust! For the right price he will be signed by a team. Is it possible we re-signed him as our backup? He could learn a lot from Brady. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+30-31 Rating: -1. From 61 votes. Please wait...

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Scott I think you are just trying to either (1) rile up your followers or (2) providing more false information in the draft shroud!! First it was Taylor at 14, now Riggs…come on. Yes RB can be had in round 2 or 3, but a cornerstone tackle in round 2 that is truly ready to protect TB year 1…unlikely. You move up slightly to ensure get 1 of the big 4 OT in round 1. Then a duel threat RB. Worst case you trade back if possible and collect picks to fortify your OL with options. I wouldn’t put our… Read more »

Bucko40
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Outside of a kicker or punter in the 1st round there is nothing that would surprise me with the 14th pick. I haven’t done this much research on players in a while. I guess you are assuming that Lamb and Jeudy will be selected ahead of Ruggs. That would be a interesting scenario. 3-QB, 4-OL, 2 WR and 5 defensive players=14. Under my thinking a Defensive player, WR (not named Ruggs) or a OL will drop to 14th. The Draft rarely is that predictable. We will will see. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+13-1 Rating: +12. From 14 votes. Please… Read more »

DerLutz
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I still would prefer giving Miller a chance before drafting a WR at 14. How many targets did Perriman have before Evans and Godwin were injured? It just doesn’t worth the pick. Trade with the jaguars, if the price is ok, and get a tackle. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+33-2 Rating: +31. From 35 votes. Please wait...

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No chance on Earth!! Even if the Bucs had two 1st round picks they wouldn’t use it on a WR….. Hypothetically if top OT are off the board then Brown or Kinlaw is the pick, if they’re off the board then QB Justin Herbert is the pick… There is no scenario where I see the Bucs select another Wide Receiver so stop it… Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+29-12 Rating: +17. From 41 votes. Please wait...

BigSombrero
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Suh chose to sign with the Bucs, but he had offers from Baltimore and San Francisco according to Ian Rappaport. I was nervous he was gonna be signed elsewhere and Im glad the Bucs got it done. Henry Ruggs may get drafted by Gruden at 12. Gruden loves speed. Ruggs is like a second coming of Joey Galloway. I would love to see the Bucs trade assets to move up and grab Brady’s replacement: Justin Herbert. Get some offensive lineman for depth later in the draft. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+14-38 Rating: -24. From 52 votes. Please wait...

DerLutz
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Winston holds way too many QB records. He can not be called a bust. IMO has more talent than all mentioned but he just couldn’t stop making mistakes. I wouldn’t be surprised if he will win a super bowl with another franchise. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+39-29 Rating: +10. From 68 votes. Please wait...

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Yeah I’m sorry but I just can’t sign off on a WR at 14. To me, the only way a #3 WR even has value in this offense behind Evans, Godwin, Howard, Brate, pass catching back, and Miller is if either Evans or Godwin go down with an injury. And to me, with 2 top 10 receivers in their prime, it’s just foolish to me take an insurance player at 14. Because that’s what the #3 WR is. Even under the best case scenario humanly possible, a #3 WR and at best the 4th or 5th best option, would see… Read more »

MudManVA
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PS- I think Ledyard laid a good & affordable no. 3 FA WR in Demarcus Robinson. Speed & experience Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+13-1 Rating: +12. From 14 votes. Please wait...

bedford20
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If the four top tackles and Kinlaw is gone, I would rather them pick up the DE from LSU, K’Lavon Chaisson! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+28-6 Rating: +22. From 34 votes. Please wait...

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I don’t think #3 receiver should be our top pick in a draft class filled with receivers..while it’s less likely that the later round receivers would produce, it’s not guaranteed that Ruggs would come in right away and snag the #3 spot either as much as I like him. I still think we need to try to find a vet that may want to come in and compete for the 3rd spot while letting miller compete for It as well..I like miller, but am kind of worried that he might be injured a lot as he was last year. As… Read more »

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Captain Sly. I don’t see any scenario where Herbert will still be there at 14. And QB is not a big enough need in 2020 to justify trading up to get him Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+12-3 Rating: +9. From 15 votes. Please wait...

Dman
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Good lord, I just don’t get this obsession with a WR3 and I certainly wouldn’t draft a guy ahead of other critical needs on this roster – OL, DL, RB, S. There will be FA’s available and one area I’ve always given Jason Licht credit is the undrafted FA’s – Brate and Humphries come to mind. Add a true receiving RB and then ask yourself how many balls will we have to go around anyway. Of the guys we have Miller is the only legit possibility, but just not sure he’s durable. I was high on Watson when we drafted… Read more »

DMIbucs98
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Drafting a Wr in the first round could happen, but just going off of word of mouth and reading a few draft sites. Word is this is a deep Wr class and guys that would usually get a draftable grade will be undrafted free agents. If it does go down like you’ve mention, wouldn’t it be smarter to trade bacc, get some extra piccs and double dip at certain positions. I can see that more likely happening looking at that GM’s tracc record for doing that regularly. One thing I hope for is whomever the Bucs draft they develop and… Read more »

BigSombrero
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Oh shit. Dave can’t sign off on a WR at 14. Nevermind then Bucs. Dave said so. I stopped reading his unabridged drivel at that point. hahahahahaha Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+5-17 Rating: -12. From 22 votes. Please wait...

DT25
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DT25

I like how Arians said we’re looking for a 3rd down back we can motion out wide and a majority of the RBs highlighted here aren’t 3rd down backs. Of that group, the most realistic options I see are Edwards Helaire or Gibson, who both offer a lot in the receiving game. Both seem to be what Arians is looking for as someone to pair with RoJo. Swift may also come into play if he falls to our 2nd round pick, but I don’t think that’ll happen. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+7-1 Rating: +6. From 8 votes. Please wait...

Dave
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Yeah let’s stop to read all your baseless troll comments instead. Bucs fans would be much better off with trolls like you and BAB. Go root for someone else Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+8-4 Rating: +4. From 12 votes. Please wait...

chefboho
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I would hate the idea of a WR in the first. There’s no way that all the players the Bucs are looking at will be gone at that point to take a WR. As far as the RB’s I love this class and they have some serious studs to look at in the second round and I’d love to also see them grab Deejay Dallas in the fifth who was criminally underused at Miami. I know it’s hard to come up with articles this time of year especially with no sports being played but thanks for giving us something gentlemen.… Read more »

Captain Sly
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@Dave QB is a huge need, I’m not suggesting that we trade up to grab one however at #14 if a QB Justin Herbert is sitting there you pull the trigger…Best GM’s draft for the future: Mike Evans – Vjax, Vita Vea – Gmac, D White – LVD. Right now there’s no replacement for QB, RT, C, and Free Safety. Those are obvious holes on the roster and if the draft presents an opportunity for you to fill that void you take it…. I have seen multiple mocks and nobody has Henry Ruggs III graded as the 14th Best Player… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Interesting that 8 other people also disagreed with drafting a WR at 14. But sure, my comment was so outlandish that you can’t comprehend it Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+8-4 Rating: +4. From 12 votes. Please wait...

TheBradyBunch
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Horse, Akers will absolutely be there in the 2nd. I actually think he will possibly be there in the 3rd because mid 3rd round is where he seems to be projected. To the other poster that said we should take Herbert at 14, there is not a single mock that has him falling out of the top 10. No chance he will be there but that’s fine with me because outside of his size, he does not seem special at all. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+7-2 Rating: +5. From 9 votes. Please wait...

Dave
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@Captain Sly. Yeah I mean like TheBradyBunch just said, I don’t see any scenario where Herbert is still there at 14. And in my opinion, even if he’s there at 14, I just don’t believe he’s a franchise changing QB like some others. I would want one of the big 4 OT’s at 14. And the only option I wouldn’t mind would be to trade back, and take Love. Or the option i’d prefer is using one of our 4th’s to take a shot on Hurts if he’s still there. I just feel there are more important needs at 14,… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
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Alldaway 2.0

My preference is trenches. Plus, this is a deep draft for WR so a WR in a first is not necessary. To take a safety or WR in the first round the team has to believe they are pro bowl caliber with their potential. Ruggs looks like a solid potential #2 WR at the NFL level but does he project as a perennial pro bowler? I am not so sure. As for a pass catching back…this draft has plenty for the Bucs to choose from. Bucs should be wise with the draft and not force reaches as it is deep… Read more »

thegeebo
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thegeebo

Winston was a #1 overall pick. He never made the playoffs, got suspended, set the record for most pick sixes, embarrassed himself on and off the field multiple times, got benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick, couldn’t get a second contract, and now no other NFL team wants him. If that doesn’t yell “BUST”, then I guess he would have to become the Bucs’ freaking janitor to be considered that label. Stop tip-toeing. #1 pick -> nobody wants him. He is a bust. Period. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+16-24 Rating: -8. From 40 votes. Please wait...

cvillebucfan
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cvillebucfan

We do one of the following in R1: 1. Land one of the “big 4” (Wirfs, Becton, Willis or Thomas) 2. Trade back in an effort to land OT Jones 3. Trade back not being an option we reach a handful of spots and land OT Jones. We’re corned fellas. Plain and simple. We’ve GOT TO draft OT in R1 and IMO it must be one of “the big 4” or Jones. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+12-4 Rating: +8. From 16 votes. Please wait...

sunshineben
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sunshineben

Winston being the #1 pick in the draft and the bucs didn’t want him …Stop with the excuses That’s a bust !! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+8-15 Rating: -7. From 23 votes. Please wait...

The Wall
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The Wall

Considering the new found “Brady/Arians” collaboration and Brady’s history, let’s not forget we may the best one two punch tight ends in the NFL (at least we thought so before last season). Unless we trade Howard for Edelman (not a bad idea), from Brady’s history we can be sure our tight ends will take some pressure off our receiving core. I certainly wouldn’t spend a first or second round pick on a possible third receiver. I would move up to get a right tackle and draft a running back who can run and catch. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+6-9… Read more »

liquidmuse3
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liquidmuse3

Yeah, football is about athleticism…and the LSU kid and Swift paled in comparison to Akers and Taylor. All I know is let Bruce pick the runner…Jason has a weird blind spot when it comes to running backs. Sims, the Boise St kid, RoJo, yikes. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+10-1 Rating: +9. From 11 votes. Please wait...

DrT1066
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Slow day? WR first round with needs at OL and RB? With depth with Evans, Godwin, Brate, OJ (?) and Miller ? With a deep WR draft. Come On Man! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+14-1 Rating: +13. From 15 votes. Please wait...

SaskBucs
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SaskBucs

Well said Dave, in your first post, I agree that Miller should be given a shot or looked at in competition with whatever WR/Pass catching RB the Bucs decide to draft. I wouldn’t be mad at Bucs taking Herbert at 14 if he was there which I doubt. I would rather use the pick as trade bait at that point though or just draft the best DL available, this is if the top 4 OTs are gone obviously. If Tom goes down it would be nice to have a young QB of the future as back up no doubt but… Read more »

Dude
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Dude

As far as RB’s go, I like Swift, Dobbins, Taylor, Akers, and Gibson. I not too impressed with Edwards Helaire, I just feel like he will get gobbled up in the NFL. I was surprised to see a lack of long runs in his highlights video like what you see from the other guys. He doesn’t really have that break-away speed and that’s something we Bucs fans are all to familiar with. So I hope they take a pass on him. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+4-2 Rating: +2. From 6 votes. Please wait...

fanofdabucs
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fanofdabucs

I get there isnt much to talk about right now, but there is no way the Bucs are drafting a WR in the first round. They need a pass catching RB and a depth at OT and DL. One of the top 4 OTs or Kinlaw will be there. 3 QBs are locks to in the first 13 picks and that leaves 10 picks. Simmons, Brown, Okudah, Young and Jeudy are all locks IMO to go top 13. That leaves 5 picks. I believe Ackers, Edwars, Dobbins..one of those backs will be there in round 2. I could see a… Read more »

liquidmuse3
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liquidmuse3

If wins matter more than stats, why didn’t Tebow keep a gig? 9-7 record for the 2nd worst team in the league the year before. Rex Ryan, Chip Kelly, Josh McDaniels, and John Fox all lost their gigs trying to prove stats mattered more than wins (sorry, the killing of Teebs is a pet peeve, esp. for a franchise who’s never really had a QB 😅). Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+5-1 Rating: +4. From 6 votes. Please wait...

bucballer
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bucballer

I don’t believe Miller is the answer at the #3 WR! Kid is always injured and he just isn’t physical enough. I like the speed but it take more than just speed. Hope kid proves me wrong but I doubt he even makes this years team! U can’t make the club if ur always in the tub! I’m just saying… Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+4-6 Rating: -2. From 10 votes. Please wait...

bucballer
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bucballer

I like the idea of getting maybe 2 RBs in the draft. Especially with us being near the cap. Nothing beats youth and speed rather than a retread who we will probably have to overpay for. Having said that, I like Antonio Gibson, Akers and Taylor. If we could land 2 of these young backs and let Coach Brady coach em up as to where he likes them to be on any particular play then I think this year has the potential to be very special. No WR at 14 please! We have too many other needs on both sides… Read more »

Soul Bro
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Soul Bro

I agree with The Wall. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+1-1 Rating: 0. From 2 votes. Please wait...

Itch
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Itch

I think it is doubtful that Ruggs will be there at 14, but if he is you should always go with the best talent available unless you have glaring holes that need to be addressed. RB can easily be obtained 3rd or 4th round. Quality RTs will be there in Rd 2, 3, 4 and we would be wise bringing in a FA RT (no pun intended) to afford this kind f selection flexibility. DL can be deferred for a year given re-signing of Suh, in later rounds. If Ruggs is there, I would be ecstatic to get him if… Read more »

Bucko40
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Bucko40

Don’t expect much more from the Bucs via FA market. According to spotrac.com the Bucs have 22.5 million available. That number doesn’t include the contract figures for Sue, RNR and Ryan Smith. You have factor those 3 contracts will absorb around 11 million. Bucs need to keep 8-9 million for the rookie pool. at best the Bucs have approximately 4 million left in cap space. You might see a couple of league minimum deals but nothing more. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+50 Rating: +5. From 5 votes. Please wait...

Mr. Incredible
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Mr. Incredible

5 Years? Are you kidding? We’re working with a 2 year (maybe 3) year window right now. Draft the best tackle or 3 down running back. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+140 Rating: +14. From 14 votes. Please wait...

BigSombrero
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BigSombrero

@Dave I’m not a troll. I just disagree that drafting offensive linemen in the first round is a wise use of draft capital. For every argument about Quentin Nelson, I can show you 10x, year after year, of 1st round linemen that never panned out for the team that drafted them. Most take YEARS to become decent NFL starters. Very few are “Plug and Play”. In the last 10 years, only 2 were voted to a Pro Bowl after their rookie season. That’s out of 50+. Disagree all you want, but you’d just be wrong. Cincinatti and Detroit have spent… Read more »

chuckabuc99
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I’m just hoping we don’t forget to bring in competition for Matt Gaye in camp, Stephen Gostkowski please. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+5-5 Rating: 0. From 10 votes. Please wait...

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Thanks, Scott, good stuff as usual.  Keep it coming! The theory often propounded about the draft boils down to Best Player Available (regardless of need) versus Fills a Significant Need (or something like that).   Since I can’t see the Bucs’ draft board either I tend to weigh one against the other with my amateur “home” draft board.  I call my choices Best Player Available Who also Fills a Perceived Need.  It really doesn’t matter.  The Bucs almost always surprise me and don’t match my choice among the available players when they pick in the first round.  I did get one right when… Read more »

fanofdabucs
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fanofdabucs

If you weren’t impressed with Edwards, then you didn’t watch many LSU games and maybe just like watching highlight videos. Edwards is strong, incredible balance, tough, breaks tackles, makes guys miss, very good receiver and blocks well in pass pro. Other than all that, color me unimpressed;) Not many backs are breaking 80 yard runs. Edwards would be a great addition to this team. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+100 Rating: +10. From 10 votes. Please wait...

Dy-nasty D
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Dy-nasty D

WR? No! I’d like 1 of the 4 OTs or Kinlaw, and if none of them are there, I’d hope to trade down and pick an OT, G, RB, or FS. Those are the positions that could use starter upgrades. Vea, Suh, Gholston, and Kinlaw would dominate like the Bucs of old. Go Bucs! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+120 Rating: +12. From 12 votes. Please wait...

skullandcrossbones
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skullandcrossbones

round 1 pick 14 Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama round 2 pick 45 Cam Akers, RB, Florida State round 3 pick 76 Nick Harris, C, Washington round 4 pick 117 Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma round 5 pick 161 Jonah Jackson, OG, Ohio State round 6 pick 194 Marquez Callaway, WR, Tennessee Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+16-2 Rating: +14. From 18 votes. Please wait...

Tea-United99
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Tea-United99

“We’re all in this together.” What a line of crap, coming from you, Reynolds. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+5-6 Rating: -1. From 11 votes. Please wait...

revfish
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revfish

What struck me as I read Miller talking about playing with Brady what is telling is how I don’t remember any players lobby to keep Winston or say publicly that they will miss him. Winston was better than Garcia in terms of talent…remember he was injured a bit AND was the qb for 3 of our 4 losses that kept us from the playoffs in 2008. What I would also enjoy is a comparison of Winston vs. Williams and Testaverde Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+4-2 Rating: +2. From 6 votes. Please wait...

BucHarbour
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BucHarbour

I can’t see us going WR at 14, but it’s never a bad thing having too many weapons for a defense to deal with. I would rather see them meet the OL and RB spots in whatever way they feel best fits the team (i.e. how they value the players, not how we do). If we get a RB in the earlier rounds, and it’s one of the ones on Scott’s list, I would go with either Gibson, from Memphis, or Wisconsin’s Taylor. Watching highlights on all these backs, these two have that instant speed combined with power and that… Read more »

76Buc
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76Buc

I would trade the 1st round pick for the best hamstring specialist in the world. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+8-1 Rating: +7. From 9 votes. Please wait...

SenileSenior
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SenileSenior

OT and RB would be my priorities for filling needs fom the first round. The Bucs would have to see them as being able to assume starting positions by mid season of this year. A WR who can step in early as the third in the pecking order could also be a consideration for our first round. This is what I saw Scott as saying in FAB 1 in so many words. DT and Edge guys should be considered if they can play a significant role in the rotation this year and maybe be good candidates to replace Suh next… Read more »