Miller’s Getoff

August 30th, 2020

Speed off the line.

So now we have a little more evidence why Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians and park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady are big fans of second-year wideout Scotty Miller.

It sure helps to get a step on a corner, or better, a linebacker, no? Well, based on NextGen Stats, data collected from sensors within players’ equipment, there is no one who runs deeper routes in a short period of time after the snap than Miller.

Yes, really. Miller is even faster than noted roadrunner John Ross of Cincinnati (who is measured at No. 6).

Per NextGen, Miller’s average route depth in three seconds from the snap of the ball is 13.4 yards downfield. That beats Buffalo’s Robert Foster at 13.1 yards.

Coming in fifth was former Bucs receiver Breshad Perriman. Interestingly, Miller was sort of Perriman’s backup last year.

And there is another Bucs receiver in the top ten and this surprised Joe. That is Mike Evans. He averaged 12.1 yards downfield in three seconds.

Again, this is average depth of a route. Not a straight blast down the sideline.

So you can see why Brady likes Miller so much. With Brady’s quick release, he doesn’t need for the pass blocking to hold up for 10 minutes each snap to make a deep connection.

That’s been one of the big questions all offseason about Brady in Arians’ offense. The quarterback has to wait for the plays to develop. Well, with the way Miller (and Evans) can get downfield, Brady might need as much time as YouKnowWho did in many seasons.

26 Responses to “Miller’s Getoff”

  1. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Cool. I’ve never heard of this stat, but it’s good to have 2 Bucs in the top 10.

  2. lambchop Says:

    Wow, no Tyreek Hill, Julio Jones, or Mike Thomas? Surprised at least one of those three aren’t on this list.

  3. Leighroy Says:

    It’s interesting (and VERY cool) that Mike Evans is the best WR of this group, but that is also saying something about the rest of this group too.

    I hope Scotty Miller’s developed good hands this year and I don’t have to live through any flashbacks of Dilfer misconnecting with Jacquez Green!

  4. BigHog Says:

    Scoring touchdowns is the name of this game!

  5. gp Says:

    I notice that no-one named Jackson made the list

  6. Brandon Says:

    This stat has very little to do with speed and almost everything to do with types of routes run. A 4.3 WR should be able to easily get 25 yards with no bump and 20 yards if jammed.

  7. Stanglassman Says:

    Wasn’t not just running up the field and getting pushed out of bounce one of the one of the things he learned not to do this offseason. He was taking too wide an angle on his release and allowing the corner to push him out and became an ineligible wr. It happened on his first few play on the sideline and he first TD catch he stepped out of the back of the endzone. This statistic actually shows he wasn’t doing things incorrectly.

  8. Hodad Says:

    Just added him to my fantasy roster.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Scotty Miller may be the biggest surprise of on our roster this year…..let’s hope.

  10. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Scotty Miller reminds me of a faster version of a Adam Humphries. Looks like BA is will use him more on the outside than in the slot.

  11. mark2001 Says:

    “With Brady’s quick release, he doesn’t need for the pass blocking to hold up for 10 minutes each snap to make a deep connection.”

    Wow..who could he be referring to, that requires ten minutes? Hmmm. I sense the vibe of the other Joe.

  12. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Lambochop – why does no Michael Thomas surprise you? Genuinely interested.

    Michael Thomas spends his life running shallow drag routes, slants – and Brees/Sean Payton schemes him the ball on those plays 8 thousand times a game. He is a glorified possession receiver. I would challenge anyone to recall a play where Michael Thomas took a post 75 yards to the house, I bet you can’t – because he doesn’t have that ability. He is not a true/traditional outside stud receiver like a Terrell Owens that can run everything on the route tree and take any to the house. It bothers me that Mike Evans doesn’t get as much love. He is much faster than Michael Thomas, has many more yards on same number of career catches and more touchdowns. Has a higher yards per catch than Tyreek Hill as well. I get it – once the Bucs are good he’ll get more recognition blah blah im aware of the dumb tropes

  13. Paul Says:

    Hey JOE-

    Isnt Brady the GOAT?

    Why do call call him

    park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady?

    It is very CHILDISH and Amateurish. Worst thing about your site. Oh and that Peter King stuff is just hilarious!

  14. BucEmUp Says:

    didn’t realize Perriman was that fast. DAMN!

  15. August 1976 Buc Says:

    IF Miller can consistantly catch the ball, and physically last for the whole season, then he would fill the Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola role nicely. That is a BIG IF, because he has not proven anything yet, other that he has the fastest get off in the league. If Brady is liking him already, then it is a good sign. But we shall see. To be a little guy and withstand an NFL beating for a season is almost a miracle. Defenses know with Brady throwing to this kid, that Miller is like a ticking time bomb against them. (Anyone Remember Kevin House) Because Miller can explode at anytime for TD or at least huge gain. So defenses are going to try and knock him out. You know Brady is going to take a couple of shots a game to Miller. And even the shorter routes Miller is a threat. Sooner or later, Brady is going to hit Miller on the dead run about 15 yards down the field with open space, and “beam me up Scotty” will take to the house. Maybe even the Saints game. lol Whenever it happens, it is going to be fun to see. There is finally a QB here that can hit people in stride consistantly. It has been over a decade since that was true. GO BUCS!!!

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

    I was looking for the “you know who” hot link after the “10 minutes blocking “…

  17. PSL Bob Says:

    Obviously, he needs to develop some stats in the receiving yards, YAC and TDs, as well as consistency year over year, but Scotty could become a DeSean Jackson without the attitude. That’s what Jackson did so well, take the top off defenses. Out quick, beat the DB and scamper for a TD. And Brady’s the one to hit him in stride.

  18. ClodHopper Says:

    Doesn’t this just mean the routes the wideouts run are predictably the same?

  19. 2020 Year of the GOAT Says:

    This stat has very little to do with speed and almost everything to do with types of routes run especially short quick slant routes 🙂

  20. SB Says:

    gp Says:
    August 30th, 2020 at 1:08 am
    I notice that no-one named Jackson made the list

    I have done a few mock drafts where he is still on the board when everyone is done.

  21. 541BucsFan Says:

    Welker, Edelman, Amendola …

    Now it’s Miller Time!!!

  22. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Hey everyone. Paul doesn’t like the nicknames. Just in case you didn’t know.

  23. 541BucsFan Says:

    I’m geeking out about Miller. Defenses will game plan for Evans, Godwin, and pick-a-TE. Little Miller will get 1-on-1s with #3 CB, S or a LB.

    4.30 Speed!!! He’s got 4.30 speed!

    When Brady sees a bad matchup, he’s going to Miller, and Miller could go to the house.

  24. Buccfan37 Says:

    Look at that little Scotty Miller go!

  25. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Scotty Miller’s 40 time was 4.36, from what I saw. I guess this means he’s just as fast with the pads on.

  26. unbelievable Says:

    Damn, 3 out of the top 10 last year? That’s wild.