July 29th, 2010

There are all sorts of battles to keep an eye out when training camp begins Saturday for the Bucs. Obviously the biggest one may be safeties Sean Jones and Sabby the Goat. But another battle that piques Joe’s interest is who will start at defensive tackle between second-year Bucs stud Roy Miller and rookie Brian Price.

It seems eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune is of the same mind as Joe. In listening various battles for starting positions, Kaufman also includes the Miller-Price duel.

Roy Miller vs. rookie Brian Price: Miller flashed enough skills in his first pro season to excite Buc coaches about his potential as a 310-pound run stuffer. The former Texas standout will need a strong camp to hold off Price, a disruptive force at UCLA who has a knack for making stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Miller had a pretty solid year last year for a rookie, better than the three defensive tackles drafted in the first round last year. Price is supposed to be an absolute stud. If Price can somehow beat out Miller, Joe believes it’s safe to assume that defensive tackle will be a power position for the Bucs for some time.

8 Responses to “Battling!”

  1. JDouble Says:

    I know who ever looks better will win the starting job, but I don’t think it matters. Both guys are gonna see about the same amount of time on the field.

    I think Miller is more of a nose tackle, while Price is better suited to play either nose or under, so in my mind it makes more sense to start Miller and have Price backing up both McCoy and Miller. Just my $.02

  2. Gary Says:

    Agreed, it will be a 3-man rotation using the 2 hottest guys at that time. Don’t get too caught up on which positions each player is supposed to play.

    Man, its almost time! I can’t wait. There will be some good battles in camp.

  3. Bucnjim Says:

    I think Miller will be in on first down to try and plug the leak; with Price and McCoy in on second and third to collapse the pocket. Hopefully these young guys are something special we can build around.

  4. big007hed Says:

    I have a sneaking feeling that Price is going to be better than McCoy…. I dont know why but I just feel that is how it is going to end up.

  5. DRB Says:

    Roy Miller won’t let himself get beat out by a rookie. Roy may very well be the anchor on the interior line for years to come. At 6’2″ and 310lbs, with his superior strength and toughness, he might outplay both rookies this year.

  6. bucfan Says:

    They all will play it will be miller and mccoy for the first game unless price does something awsome in preseason. but all three will play all the time. it will keep them fresh i like it. we needdepth like this in some other positions.

  7. Capt.Tim Says:

    Last year, Miller was our only good DT. Now we have three! All three are gonna play alot, and play great in time! These guys getting penetration into the backfield is gonna drive opposing Qbs crazy. All will do it, But McCoy is so fast off the line, teams are gonna spend alot of time rolling out. That’s gonna improve our DE. It’s gonna be fun to watch!

  8. Mauha Deeb Says:

    I wonder what his stats are as a “run stuffer” via Miller/Hovan and Miller/Syms. I wonder if the run defense numbers were better with him on the line over Hovan/Syms. Anyone have access to those type of stats?