Arians Says He Could Cut 30 Guys Right Now

August 14th, 2019

The fear factor should be high at One Buc Palace.

The roster is coming into a very sharp focus for the head coach and he’s not afraid to say that he could cut plenty of guys right now and not blink.

“Our rookies have gotten close to 500 snaps,” Arians said of his practice sessions. “So we kind of know what they can do now. It would be easy to cut down to 60 right now — for me. But again, we got he preseason games coming up and maybe guys can show up more when the lights come on than they have in practice.”

In the picture above is rookie receiver Scotty Miller after practice yesterday, the Bucs’ speedy sixth-round pick out of Bowling Green. He’s nursing a hamstring injury and has been missing valuable time and exposure. Joe’s not sure he’s done enough yet to make the team.

Is he in Arians’ top-60? That’s a team secret, of course. But Miller might be way down the depth chart of Bobo Wilson flashes on special teams on Friday against the Dolphins, and if Justin Watson starts squeezing footballs.

Joe enjoys Arians putting numbers out there — ones sure to freak bubble players out.

56 Responses to “Arians Says He Could Cut 30 Guys Right Now”

  1. westernbuc Says:

    I don’t think Bill Belichick would say this

  2. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I’ve been saying since he was drafted Scotty will be stashed in 2019 and get a year of diet and weight training

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    LOL!!!!!!! Sounds like a GM problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What happened to the “talented and stacked team”???????????????

    What happened to the ” he is going to coach them all up”?????????????

    And they have not even been exposed during the regular season yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. OBP Says:

    Would hate to see Miller get cut without seeing what he can really do but at the end of the day the best kind of ability is availability. Maybe he could be a PS target if we let him go?

  5. miken Says:

    Love BA shooting straight and not bs ing around.

  6. Buc4evr Says:

    BA has a clear message: what have you done for me lately? Scotty doesn’t get playing time then he is off the crazy train.

  7. Buccaroo Says:

    If we cut Miller, he’d be on another team the next day. Probably one in our own division.

  8. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    Really??? I disagree. I can picture Belichick AND Parcells saying that.

    Again… i love BA and the no holds barred approach to what he says. Tampa Bay is no longer a place to go because you just want to enjoy the beach. You better fight your ass off if you want to make that roster.

  9. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    Shoot I liked Schnell 83. Let’s see him in week 2

  10. Tom S. Says:

    Scotty Miller was a 6th round pick taken 208th overall. If he doesn’t have any good film in preseason odds are pretty high he’ll be on the Bucs PS.

    Sure a team could offer some higher bonus to be on their PS or he could have his feelings hurt like Jeremy McNichols and leave out of spite but both are unlikely.

  11. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


  12. Billy_45 Says:

    I don’t think BA would single out Miller like he has if he ONLY had a hamstring injury.
    There has to be more to the story. Possibly re-injured it being stupid?

    Either way Arians doesn’t make a comment like that unless he thinks it will make a difference.

    He obviously see the talent, but it HAS to fit his specific mold.

  13. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    Schnell caught everything thrown his way the other night. I’m sure he put some thoughts in the coaches heads. He might be a sleeper to keep or retain on the practice squad as well. Hopefully he can build on that the rest of the preseason. Hoping Miller can display his speed before preseason ends. I think most of us could pick most of the likely 60 BA would keep as of today if we tried. GO BUCS!!

  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    Old school BA. Refreshing and long over due

  15. BucEmUp Says:

    Schnell> Humphries

  16. Says:

    As I said yesterday, Joe knows these Bucs guys. He watches all the practices and interviews coaches and players. The absence of Schnell from these pages speaks volumes about his chances, especially even after he blew up last week.

  17. Kobe Faker Says:

    “We need experienced cut O and D lineman

    Like every team injuries will come

    We need backup lineman for the long season”

    Kobe Faker

  18. firethecannons Says:

    Spencer Schnell and Tanner Hudson need to make this team

  19. LordCornelius Says:

    Agree with Kobe.


  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    So what is Miller supposed to do…..say “Coach, put me in”…..then limp through his routes?

    There is another option for a player you think has promise….especially a low draft pick with not much of a salary…..put them on IR and bring them back next year.

  21. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Justin Watson is safe. BA already said he liked Justin’s size to play the slot as the slot WR will be block a lot in BA’s offense. Plus he has descent speed to go along with his size.

  22. Bojim Says:

    If Miller is jumping to catch the ball, that’s a hard habit to break. Just sayin.

  23. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Spencer Schnell had the fastest 3 cone time (6.71) for a WR this year.

    Anything under 7 seconds, means you have explosion off the line, great hips and cutting ability. Humphries was the same. His separation was not from straight line speed but from a quick start and cuts.

  24. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    BA already said Justin Watson was perfect for the slot. BA has said the Slot will be the blocking WR in his system and Justin fits the bill. Justin will make the team even with his recent drops. He has both vertical speed and size.

  25. 813bucboi Says:


    BA will be cutting some decent players that he’s coached up from this stacked team….lol….

    smitty aint cutting nothing but wind!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  26. westernbuc Says:


    Belichick isn’t candid with the media. He may know there’s a bunch of guys he’d cut, but he wouldn’t announce it.

  27. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Fair enough, westernbuc. After i had already typed it to you, i had decided that i was thinking much more of Parcells.

  28. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    AlabamaBucsFan said

    “Schnell had the fastest 3-cone time (6.71) for a WR this year.”


    Thank you for that stat, ABF.

    “SCHNELL” in German translates to….
    Get it done,,, quickly.

  29. Mike Johnson Says:

    Better return from injury soon Scotty Miller. Old Bo-Bo Wilson knows how to flash when he needs to.

  30. Steven007 Says:

    Contrary to your word salad realist, if he cut 30 players and got down to 60 we obviously have an entire roster plus some. Simple math.

  31. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says: Says:

    Neither of the 2 in the photo are ready for prime time,not with this WR roster… a pro with real game ability not down the road upside…seriously doubt either will play for the Bucs game day unless the season is in the weeds and real starters are protected on IR

  32. Defense Rules Says:

    Steven007 … Just about any JBFer could cut enough guys right now to get down to 60. In actuality BA & his coaching staff pretty much know right now who’ll make the team, with maybe a 10% slop factor (as in say getting down to 60 players?). My guess is that we’ll add probably 3 guys not currently on the team by the time we finalize the 53 man roster to start the season, meaning that 50 of those 60 BA’s talking about will make the final roster. Then as the season rolls on some of the players cut will show up once again … they always do as injuries occur. Some others will end up on the practice squad & some others (unfortunately) on IR. Happens every year.

  33. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    We’re going to lose a couple solid receivers with major potential, simple as that. Sux, but these are the facts.

  34. Davis auto-world Says:

    Millennials Want everything handed to them. 6th round or 2nd round you have to go fight & earn your spot!! You only get what you earn !! Go Bucs!!

  35. Stanglassman Says:

    Scotty said today he is close and itching to get back out there but has to be cleared by the doctors.

    Only disgruntled players sign with another team’s PS and can only happen before the season starts. It’s rare and usually not about money.

  36. Buccaroo Says:

    You can get away with stashing UDFA Schnell on the PS. You can’t with 6th rd. pick Miller. He would be pilfered off our PS in days.

  37. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Bucsroo… you can only go from a teams PS to sign onto the 53 man roster of another

  38. Father Rico Says:

    don’t give a vial of holy water what Belichek would do!

  39. Jim Says:

    Hope Scotty gets on IR and ultimately makes the team. After playing many years of soccer, I’ve had loads of ham strings. They are very painful, you cannot run on them, they take forever to mend and you always re-injure them before they heal properly.

  40. Pittsshore Says:

    I wonder if Apples JW makes the top 60

  41. Ben real Says:

    Funny a lot of people here were praising Scotty Miller … nicknames like miller time and this and that … he’s definitely the bottom tier receiver on this squad …. this schnell kid has speed and good hands … I think he’s a lock for one of the receiver spots … let’s see what he does Friday … and can’t wait to see him get significant playing time in game 4

  42. Buccaroo Says:

    Bucsroo… you can only go from a teams PS to sign onto the 53 man roster of another

    …and I didn’t say from PS to PS either. I didn’t think I had to say 53, figured it was already a forgone conclusion. But hey, thanks for pointing it out

  43. Colonel_MP Says:

    Seriously, can I be your copy editor?

  44. Buc4life24 Says:

    Sounds like mental warfare to me and I love it! Show up or go home!

  45. SenileSenior Says:

    AlteredEgo, OBP,

    I am with you. However they do it I want us to find a way to keep Miller and not give some other team (especially in our division) a chance to grab him away from us. This is what I expect out of this new regime that we have.

    I am really impressed by what I have heard and what little I’ve seen of Miller. I can’t say that I know that much about some of the guys that he is competing against. I do believe Watson is 5th in the pecking order of our Wide Receivers at this time.
    Go Bucs!!!

  46. BigHog Says:

    His nickname will be Coo-Coo Schnell, a smooth route runner, knows how to get open, knows where the hole is in the defense…he is one of those guys that doesn’t need to be coached up aka MEvans…playing the game like a five year vet in his rookie year will become invaluable to the team! Miller-Time has the top end speed, the problem will be can we keep them both …..Miller-Time is in a fight with Bo-Bo Wilson for the last wide-out spot!!!GO BUCS GO FAMOUS GO SUHY GO CO-CO SCHNELL!!!

  47. TOM Says:

    Mach Schnell & Hudson looked really good the first game. Hope they keep it up. Look out Brate. Schnell, Miller & Wilson?

  48. Cobraboy Says:

    My guess is there are at least 2 OL that are not on the Bucs roster today but will be for opening day.

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Schnell hasn’t been shown enough to earn a 53 spot yet. He had a good showing in a game…against 3rd and 4th string defense.

    Miller to IR would be a bad thing. Better he be healthy and compete for a spot. After all, the idea is to keep the best 5-6 WRs among all of them.

  50. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Cobraboy Says
    “My guess is there are at least 2 OL that are not on the Bucs roster today but will be for opening day. ”

    I’ll guess at one.

  51. BucsFan727 Says:

    Bucs just brought in another speed WR BA ant playing. If you can practice I would. Dont take days off because you can get away with it. Your best ability is availability. Miller could probably ride PS if he dosent put to much on tape this pre season.

  52. BA FAN Says:

    With OT Prohl, 6’8” 344 lbs., showing great strength in the 1 on 1 period today he needs to be tried at LT on the third string this Friday instead of Benenoch, who has amply proven he is a loser wherever we play him; and Boozer was hired for his flexibility at different positions, but has demonstrated he is very poor at OT. So pull Boozer to the pine and save him to try another position for the last Preseason Game, and put OT Ruble, 6’8” 325 lbs., a former FSU OT under Jimbo Fisher, who has a $1,755,000 3 year contract with the Bucs, and good reach, and strong upper body, needs to play 3rd String RT Friday and show what he can do. So we already have other options at OT without waiting to grab one at cut down!

  53. BA FAN Says:

    Snell has the top 3 cone time out of all draft prospects this year so is lightening quick and has already demonstrated excellent hands and speed. I know BA demands blocking ability for the slot, but he once said he had a small player at Arizona who was tough and a good blocker, so just because Snell is small doesn’t mean he isn’t tough and a good blocker. Whitehead isn’t big but he is as tough as nails and packs a ferocious tackling talent that rattles and scares WRs when he hits them. BA needs to see if Snell can be developed as a good blocker and if yes he needs to keep him as a backup for the slot and play special teams. When Scotty recovers he needs to be tried running back kicks. He needs to be Perriman’s backup especially if Perriman keeps dropping passes. Watson has the size and speed to backup and spell Evans.

  54. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Belicheat*** and yes this is what I love about coach bet we have some people show up for Friday game.

  55. BA FAN Says:

    Oh, and Bucannon is’nt a big LB either but he is a ferocious sacker and very physical too. BA loves him and one of his deep threats in Arizona was not a big guy other, so just because BA says Snell and Miller are little guys doesn’t mean he will not try to keep both of them but he needs both of them to show more of
    their talents in games; not just practice.

  56. Race to 10 Says:

    I like it just dont like him calling out injured guys by way of feeling like they have to force themselves back sooner. He ain’t calling out lavonte or vea who’s hurt two training camps in a row so shut up about injured rookies BA.